Bridge to Haiti: Update from Cite Soleil

Children in Cite Soleil are busy working in their newly expanded computer lab.  Using training documents provided by the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP) and translated into Haitian Creole by SUNY Broome student Shaina Louis, the Haitian students are learning basic computer literacy and continuing to master PowerPoint in preparation for their exchange with the children…

2015 Health for Haiti Class Comes to a Close

Today was our “Recognition and Reflection Ceremony”, marking the official end of our 2015 Health for Haiti Class.  We were fortunate to have Dr. Francis Battisti, SUNY Broome Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for our final class meeting. The students did a wonderful job giving presentations…

Beach Day and A Difficult Goodbye

Today was our last full day in Haiti and it was a great one. We spent the whole day at the beach with the kids from Pastor Vincent’s Orphanage and Jude’s family’s orphanage.  Late last night we made sandwiches for the kids to eat at the beach. The sandwiches were raw hotdog, ketchup and mayonnaise on…

Day 2 in Cite Soleil: Clinic and Computers

It was another busy day for the 2015 Health for Haiti class. We left the guest house at 8:30am and headed for Cite Soleil. Today is the 5th anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. There are remembrance ceremonies going on around the country and our bus had to pull over for President Martelly’s…

A Day of Peace and Rest

After a very long and emotional day yesterday, we all needed some time to rest today. We had a later (8am) breakfast and an optional trip to Leglize Sur La Roche, a local Haitian church. Jude gave us a ride in the back of his truck and we took seats on the second level balcony.…

A new baby and solar power for Grande Saline!

The 2015 Health for Haiti crew got an early start and was on the road for Grande Saline by 7am. Team Water left first in the red truck while the rest of us enjoyed a luxurious ride in a new air conditioned (!) bus. TeeJoe’s bus was not up to another rough ride to Grande…

Haitian History and New Friends

Today was an  educational and upbeat day for the Health for Haiti 2015 team.  After a very challenging day in Grande Saline yesterday, we all enjoyed a slightly later wake up call and breakfast.  At 9am most of us went to downtown Port au Prince for a guided tour  the “Musee du Pantheon National Haitian…

Health for Haiti 2015: Work Starts in Grande Saline

Today was another great day for the 2015 Health for Haiti class. We were up and out very early to make the long drive to Grande Saline. Although we only had to travel about 70 miles, the trip takes 3 to 4 bumpy, bumpy hours. When we arrived in Grande Saline hundreds of children were…

Health for Haiti 2015: Cite Soleil Food Distribution

Today was another great day in Haiti.  After breakfast we went to Cite Soleil, the largest slum in the Western Hemisphere, to distribute food to over 500 families.  We went to a church and school run by Pastor Vincent.  The students made bags of rice, beans, oil and fish for distribution.  The food was purchased with money…

Health for Haiti 2015: Day 2

Our second day in Haiti started early but we were all ready to go after a good night’s sleep.  We began our day at Mother Teresa’s Hospital for Sick Children.  We helped feed the babies and then held and played with them.  There are so many babies, and they seem to really enjoy being held. We were…