Greetings from Haiti! It was a long and tiring but wonderful day for the 2019 Health for Haiti Team. After breakfast we traveled to Grande Saline and began to prepare for our food distribution. The 2019 students took on the challenge of trying to serve 500 families with a food distribution. Thanks to our generous community and the hard work of our class, they were able to raise enough money to reach this goal! All of the students and staff worked hard today to pack rice, beans, fish and oil and a personal care kit for each family. After several hours of great teamwork, we distributed the food to the local families. The food distribution is our gift to the community. Not only does this food distribution help local families with about two weeks of food, it also supports the local farmers who grow and sell the food. It was a great opportunity for us to work together and for us to share with the community in Grande Saline. Before the food was distributed, Pastor Berlando thanked the students for all of their work and welcomed them to Grande Saline. While the students were working, Lynn held a professional development session for the teachers in Grande Saline. They were so excited to welcome Lynn back and enjoyed learning about how to incorporate “brain games” and mindfulness into their teaching.
After the food distribution we all visited the water system and saw the new wall that is being constructed around the system. We all enjoyed playing with the local children and seeing the people coming for water. Finally, before we headed back to the hotel, Professor Hankin organized the medical/dental clinic so the health team will be ready to begin seeing patients as soon as we arrive tomorrow morning. The education team also began to prepare lessons that we will present for the local children. We are all looking forward to another busy day tomorrow. Professor Hankin and I are very grateful for these awesome students and the amazing staff who make this trip possible. Thanks to Silvia for the awesome drone footage and pictures of the food distribution and the water system. The drone was a big hit with the local kids! Also thanks to Marcia for sharing her beautiful photos. Enjoy the photos (it took hours to upload them but I wanted to share our great day). Good night from Haiti!