Alo! First we would like to thank all of our prayer partners who sent us encouraging cards and letters. It was very meaningful to hear from you and a few tears were shed!
After lunch we said our goodbyes in Petit Goave before returning to Port au Prince. We experienced the Friday afternoon chaos of a large city with the noise, sights, smells and traffic. Our driver took us around the central part of the capital city where we saw where the Presidential Palace stood before it was destroyed by the earthquake. It was good to see lots of new construction going on.
Tomorrow morning we will do some more sightseeing before going to the airport. We have had an amazing week but are ready to get back home to cooler temperatures and to our families and friends! Bondye beni!
Bon apremidi from Haiti, today we were back in Petit Goave where we had a busy day at the clinic with about 100 patients. The pharmacy is running out of medications so it’s about time to come home! After our time at the clinic several of us went to a demonstration garden in Tapion, a village nearby. The garden is a project of the local CHE (Community Health Evangelism), it is a worldwide initiative which empowers communities in developing countries to help themselves. We met some of the village residents who are involved with the project and witnessed firsthand the negotiations Jill engages in as CHE coordinator for Church of the Resurrection!
We have had the opportunity to try a variety of local food such as fried breadfruit, plantains, goat and passion fruit juice. Tonight for dinner we had fried accra – fruit or vegetable – we aren’t sure which? Our food has been very good and now we are all accustomed to having Coke soda flavored with real sugar for lunch every day! We will have to break that habit when we get home.
Tomorrow we will have a short day in the clinic so we can drive back to Port au Prince ahead of the traffic. We will stay in the Methodist guest house again and we hope to do some sightseeing around the city before we leave Saturday afternoon. We are grateful to Pastor and Madame Dorcely and their staff for taking good care of us and to our interpreters who have worked so hard all week. We are also thankful for family and friends at home who have been praying for us and who we look forward to seeing again soon. We ou tale (see you soon)!
Alo from Haiti, today was an amazing day! On the way to Source Pineau we passed a busy roadside market where we saw people hauling their wares on donkeys outfitted with baskets. The women, as it is custom in Haiti is to carry everything on their heads. The mountains were lush and green as we bounced our way up the rutted dirt road.
There was a crowd waiting for us when we arrived at the church where the clinic was held. After a quick set up we began to see the 100 plus patients who came. We were helped by a local doctor from Petit Goave and a British doctor and medical student from Port au Prince. There was absolutely no privacy (no HIPPA laws here) but no one seemed to mind. It was rewarding to provide care for the people but frustrating to know that it might be difficult for them to continue on needed medication or get follow up care. Our entire group was strongly affected by our experience today.
We had a lot of fun with all of the children, giving them stickers and making pipe cleaner bracelets. A large group of children were gathered under a tree coloring. They enjoyed having their pictures taken and getting to see them right away. We were amused to find that even the 3 and 4 year olds knew how to enlarge the pictures and swipe through them on a cell phone! All in all it was a great day and one we will all remember for a long time. Orevwa!
P.S. For family and friends of Jaime-her cell phone has been misplaced and she cancelled her service : (
“Bon apremidi” (good afternoon)! We had another great day in the clinic today, things went much more smoother and we saw about 70 patients. Many of the patients had headaches, abdominal pain or high blood pressure (several with pressures of greater than 200/120). The Chikungunya virus epidemic has subsided but we have seen several cases of malaria and one man who was in liver failure. We sent him to the hospital in the only way available – on a motorcycle taxi! Lucky for him the hospital is very close to the clinic.
Thanks to our 2 pharmacists we have been dispensing a lot of medication. We give everyone vitamins and daily medications to last for 3 to 4 months until our partner church in Dallas is here for the next clinic in January. For those who need it, we have been trying to coordinate follow up care with local physicians.
Tomorrow we will go to a village about 30 minutes north of Petit Goave called Source Pineau. There will be no electricity or running water so it will be a very low tech clinic! We are taking clean water to mix medications with and for oral rehydration solutions. Tomorrow’s blog should be interesting! Due to internet problems we cannot post pictures as they can say so much more than words can. Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers. “Orevwa” (goodbye)!
“Bon maten” (good morning) from Haiti. The team had a great day at the clinic today, they were able to see 68 patients, wow! Learning about teamwork and patience was a lessoned learned today as it was critical in getting everyone through the day. The team is looking forward to seeing additional patients and better addressing their needs in the coming days. “Bonde beni” (GOD bless).
“Alo” (hello), the team has arrived safely and are enjoying their new surroundings and new friends. They send their love to all family and friends supporting them back home. Due to technical difficulties the team may not have internet to post blogs, however stay tuned as things may change. “Jouk demen”(until tomorrow) from Haiti.
This morning the team walked over to Centre Méthodiste, the main EMH compound in Petit-Goâve, a few hundred meters west of where we are staying. Tomorrow there is to be a joint celebration among several local branches of Community Health Evangelism (“CHE” in English; Evanjelizasyon Kominotè Sante, or “EKS,” in Kreyòl), an organization several prior COR teams have worked with on public health projects. We helped clean and decorate the room in the conference center where the celebration is to take place.
inflating and tying balloons
stringing up balloons
This afternoon the team met with 22 CHE representatives at Meilleure-Eau, officially the 11th Communal Section of Petit-Goâve, which somewhat ironically translates as “better water.” It is located a few kilometers south of downtown on the Rivière Caïman, which is dry unless there has been a recent rainfall and, its name notwithstanding, entirely lacking in crocodiles. The CHE representatives explained that the community, which has a population of about 10,000, has a school and one good working water pump – but no marketplace, park, cemetery, health clinic, connection to the electric-power grid, or good road; travel is difficult whenever there is much water in the river. There is a nearby waterfall that could be developed into a tourist attraction. The team walked through the area to see the working water pump and cisterns and briefly toured the school, courtesy of its principal, who is one of the local CHE committee members.
landscape near Meilleure-Eau
girls drawing water near Rivière Caïman at Meilleure-Eau
Ecole Communautaire de Régale