City Soleil

Bonswa from Haiti! We have just arrived back at our guest house hot, tired and pretty overwhelmed with emotion after our day in City Soleil. City Soleil is the largest slum in the Western Hemisphere, with 800,000 people in an area of about eight square miles. It is hard to put into words what we saw and experienced today. Below are just a few images from our day. We went to Pastor Vincent’s church and school to distribute the food we purchased. Pastor Vincient was born in City Soleil and now serves the community there. As soon as we arrived, we were able to see what we accomplished with all of our hard work and fundraising. Take a look at all of the food we bought! To all if you who contributed and Zumba’ed with us…just look below to see what we were able to do here. We bagged (all morning) and then distributed rice, beans, oil, fish and a toothbrush (recall that Maureen Hankin is with us). We were able to give food to over 500 families! Each family received enough food for about two weeks. The people here live in the most desperate of conditions, and often go hungry. I am posting some pictures from City Soleil, Pastor Vincent’s church and school (you will see that the “selfie” is a universal thing), some of the crazy traffic in Port au Prince and our fearless translator, JJ. We are all tired and happy to be back at the guest house, where dinner smells delicious. I will close by saying we are so incredibly proud of these students. They are doing a tremendous job, and I think we will all be forever changed by this experience.

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Bonswa!

It was an incredible day. We went to Mother Theresa’s Hospital to feed and hold the sick babies (no pictures allowed). We also went to bring some beds and toys to a family that Gina “adopted”. We had to strap the mattresses to the top of our bus. Marie has seven children and has started her own business. She took us to see where she used to live before she received help. We also bought some local art, from the bus!

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