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Earthquake Transforms Lives Of Stilwell Sisters

Amanda and Natasha Rae Taylor, with their friend Jean Junior Javin. In Amanda's arms is her newly adopted son, Isaac. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.


Kansas City, Mo. – Two and a half months after an earthquake devastated Haiti, many people around that country, and the US, found their lives were changed by the disaster.

Sisters Natasha Rae and Amanda Taylor are originally from Stilwell, Kansas. They've made regular mission trips to Haiti over the past 8 years, and were both there, together, when the earthquake hit.

Natasha Rae Taylor lives in Georgia, where she works for Much Ministries, a non-profit that provides aid to Haiti. Amanda Taylor is back in Kansas City, with a newly adopted son Isaac.

KCUR's Susan B. Wilson spoke to the Taylors, along with Natasha's boyfriend Jean Junior Javin, who's from Port-au-Prince, but lives in Miami.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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