Louisville pilot helps bring awareness to country of Haiti


by Andy Treinen


Posted on February 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 7 at 12:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  It was Jan. 12, 2010 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti.
When aid organizations around the world went to work, Louisville Pilot Steve Koch was right in the thick of it.

Koch is still flying to Haiti regularly, and recently he asked the Voice Tribune's Angie Fenton to go along. 

The pictures on the ground are still heart splitting, and the need for help is still enormous.

An estimated 1.5 million people still live in tent cities, over 13 months after the quake, and they have been since this force of nature changed their lives forever.

Over 316,000 people died.

At that time, Louisville Captain Koch was already flying into Haiti.

Over the next few months, it became Koch's second home.

It is a story Koch thought people back home were forgetting, so he invited the Voice Tribune's Fenton to go along.

She agreed to bring a camera to get video of what she encountered on the ground.

Koch, a co-pilot and Fenton departed from Venice, Fla. on Feb. 3 for a 35-hour trip.

Kids were waiting on the ground when they landed, which served as a reminder to Koch why he volunteers.

Lamartine Liberus is the missionary selected to guide the group through Port-au-Prince, a city with UN forces prominent on the ground and mile after mile of tents, which have become breeding grounds for disease and crime.

Haiti has an important presidential election coming up on March 20 of this year.  
The leading candidate has emerged by promising the construction of 30,000 new homes.

That would still leave 1,470,000 people living in tents.

Click here to view Angie's photos taken from Haiti. 

Click here to read Angie's story about her experience in Haiti.

Watch the video to see WHAS11’s Andy Treinen report.