Esther, who died of a rare bone cancer when she was just 14, was inspired to leave a gift to Christian Aid by her desire to make a lasting difference to the lives of others.
After Esther’s death, her mother Kathy went to Haiti to see for herself how gifts like Esther’s are transforming lives.
‘I saw people who had lost everything in the 2010 earthquake rebuilding their homes. I saw crops being sown and children being fed. And then there was Rocheline.’Kathy Childress
Rocheline is a young girl living in one of the poorest districts of Porte-au-Prince. Just like Esther, she had discovered the healing power of art therapy.
‘In Rocheline I saw the same spirit and hope in the face of adversity that I had known in Esther. In this young Haitian girl I saw, in the most direct and moving way, that Esther’s legacy really does live on.’Kathy Childress