Kathy Childress stands among a group of school children working at their desks in Haiti

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