S: Haiti 2010
FC: Haiti 2010
1: On January 12, 2010 an 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit just 10 miles west of the Port Au Prince, Haiti. The major quake sent 33 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9 through the impoverished nation. 250,000 to 300,000 people lost their lives, thousands left permanently injured and 1.5 million left homeless.
4: On April 29th, I joined Mercy Works, a emergency medical relief team, to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. We served the displaced Haitians in the city of St. Marc.
5: Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 refugees relocated an hour and half north to the city of St. Marc which includes some of the poorest districts of Haiti.
9: We worked out of a clinic in St. Marc that stored all of the medical supplies donated to YouthWith A Mission.
11: Each day we went out in our ambulance and set up mobile clinics in the tent communities and villages. Every morning the Haitian people would be lined up waiting for our arrival and we were able to see about 100 to 130 people a day.
14: We worked hard each day knowing that the reward was in the people.
15: There were moments when my heart was so full from the kindness shown. When a grandmother selflessly gave up her spot so that her grandson and husband could be seen. The mother who knew how important it was for her children to be seen that she waited all day patiently all day for their turn. | It was in the smalls successes, like with the mother and father who learned the importance of their newborn child's life and committed to feed and raise the child, that our spirits were lifted.