Build Trust through the Bonding Cycle

On January 12, 2010, Christa Brelsford, a PhD student with a Master’s Degree in Engineering, was in Darbonne, Haiti. Her brother, Julian, a volunteer with Haiti Partners, had asked her to conduct a feasibility study on a wall that would protect a rural area from floodwaters.

At 4:53 p.m., the first shockwave of the infamous earthquake hit the small town. Christa, Julian and her hosts clambered down the stairs of the two-story house they were visiting. Christa tripped and fell head first. The building collapsed around her.

Even while pinned under three slabs of concrete, Christa, an accomplished rock climber with a national reputation, thought of Hugh Herr, a mountaineer who had lost both legs ...

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