Recap of Thursday

Hello from Haiti!

Once again we woke up, had a pretty great breakfast (today we found cold milk) and headed to zoranje.

I've recently discovered an obsession with Haitian mangos, and made sure to make a mess during breakfast. Driving in Haiti seems to always be experience; between the beautiful mountains, craziness of markets, tap taps and the insane traffic there really is a ton of action. After arriving in zoranje we met up with the twenty locals who went through a leadership training.

We broke off into groups and had a discussion ranging from the differences in last names (when Americans introduce ourselves we just say our firsts, Haitian usually give you their full name) to community development. It was relieving to me that the Haitians had similar concerns with the project and that they worried the community would not keep it clean as we did. After the conversation we went to paint the kiosk and received a lesson in Haitian time: the paint didn't arrive for another hour. Once we got started the project went quickly.

A problem we ran into was that many Haitians wanted to help, but we only had enough supplies and food for those who had committed to the project.  Naturally we would encourage and appreciate the extra help especially in that community .  

But if we allowed the Haitians to help that weren't committed to the leadership training course, they would have been disappointed because we would not have been able to offer them lunch as well. This would have caused division among the community members, which is something we wanted to avoid.

After lunch a DJ came to play music. We danced and chatted with the hundreds of Haitian children that had just gotten out of school. It's safe to say we all had a lot of fun because we ran late to our next activity.  Our next activity was a visit to Afya's warehouse in the countryside.  At the warehouse some of us labeled crutches and wheelchairs and others played soccer with the locals. It started raining so, we packed up and headed back to the hotel to get ready for our night out.

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May 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM




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