We had another full day in Haiti. Several of the students enjoyed the sunrise from their beds on the roof. After breakfast, we headed out to the warehouse of the Swiss-based company, Vestergaard. We picked up the seventy-five Family LifeStraw units that we were able to purchase with the funds we raised. Each unit will provide a family with clean drinking water for three years. We will be taking the units to Grand Saline at the end of the week. The people of Grand Saline do not have access to clean water. We are working on a long-term solution for the community, but are able to provide the LifeStraw units on this trip. We received training on how to install the systems and are excited to take them to the families in Grand Saline.
After our training, we went to the Pantheon National Haitian Museum. The students are getting very good at shopping from the bus and bought some snacks. We had a guided tour of the museum and learned about Haiti’s complex history and rich culture. After our tour, we went back to the Guesthouse and spent a couple of hours sorting through the medical supplies, toys and clothes that we brought with us. We are now ready to distribute the supplies when we visit the clinics and orphanages.
Our next activity today was to spend the afternoon with the twenty two children at Pastor Vincent’s orphanage. We had a wonderful time with the kids, playing soccer, coloring and just being together. And yes, that is a goat on the soccer field. The kids were so sweet and well behaved. We also did some health education and taught the kids about the right way to brush their teeth.
There were some tears (from the Health for Haiti students!) when it was time to leave.
We ended our day with a presentation from Dr. Robinson. He is the Haitian doctor that we will be assisting at a couple of clinics. He told us about what we will see at clinic and explained how to educate the people in rural Haiti about cholera. He explained that this education is so important for the people. There are many myths about cholera and we can really make a difference by teaching about hygiene. We will assist Dr. Robinson at clinic tomorrow.
I want to close with a picture of our incredible, amazing, superman of a bus driver. I have tried to post to some pictures from the bus, but there is no way that you can imagine the places he gets our bus in and out of. So, good night from Haiti and THANK YOU to our driver, TeeJoe.