S: T.I.H. This is Haiti 2012
FC: This is Haiti | T.I.H. | 2012
1: Day 1: February 11, 2012 Excited to be off from YYC with a long day's travel and a short night's sleep ahead | Day 2: Arrived in Haiti and got picked up from the airport in this truck | We spent the day hanging out at the guest house, reading, falling asleep and taking a little walk around the neighbourhood | "Ou konn sa w’ap kite; ou pa konn sa ou pral jwenn." | You know what you leave behind; you do not know what you will get.
2: Larry | Nora | Marengwen mode-w sou nen, men ou pa ka ba-l kou fo. | The mosquito bites you on the nose, but you cannot hit it hard.
3: Heartline Guesthouse | Jan ou vini se jan an yo resevwa ou. | The way you come is the way people will receive you.
4: Port-au-Prince | Kreyol pale, kreyol komprann. Creole spoke is creole understood | Ti chen gen fos devan kay met li. | The little dog is brave before his master's house.
5: Degaje pa peche. To get by is not a sin | Chay soti sou tet, li tonbe sou zepol. The load that you bear on your head falls on your shoulders.
6: This cathedral was destroyed in the earthquake | Day 3: Monday
7: The National Museum | "Illegal" pictures of the anchor of the Santa Maria and the tomb of Haiti's revolutionaries | The Presidential palace, also destroyed January 12, 2010 | Neg di san fe. People talk and don't act. Bondye fe san di. God acts and doesn't talk.
8: The Harbor House | Maranatha Children's Ministries | Teaching taekwondo
9: At the pre-school and the home of the Tluceks | Day 4: Valentine's Day | Pitit se riches malere Children are the wealth of the poor
10: MCM Orphanage
11: Lespwa fe viv Hope gives life
12: Haitian men working to make Bio-sand filters | Day 5, Wednesday, February 15
13: Clean Water For Haiti | and the home of Chris and Leslie Rolling | Pierre Payen, Haiti | Bwe dlo nan ve: respekte ve. Drink water in a glass: respect the glass.
14: The Rolling's yard, right on the ocean | when the tree plays with the wind, it loses its leaves
15: le pye bwa jwe ak van , li pedi fey li
16: St. Marc, Haiti | A hike to an old French Fort | It was so hot is this valley | "Chemen long pa touye moun." A long road does not kill people.
17: It was the end of the dry season, with this area not having received rain for many months | Chen gen kat pye, men li ka mache nan yon sl chemen. A dog has four legs, but it walks in only one path.
18: The view from the top was well worth the climb
19: Fok ou pedi tan pou ou gen tan. You need to lose time in order to have time.
20: "Wading" in the ocean, back at the Rolling's place
21: A rock in the water does not know the pain of a rock in the sun | Roche nan dlo pa konnen doule roche nan soley
23: Kreyon bondye pa gen gom God's pencil doesn't have an eraser
24: Chris Rolling decided to try taking us up the mountain to another French fort | Day 6: Thursday
25: Breaking down once and twice and getting it all fixed with the help of resourceful Haitians | Bonjou se pasp ou." Hello is your passport.
26: While we waited we took pictures of the "wildlife" and the locals | Bourik swe pou chwal dekore ak dentel. The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace.
27: Market Day | In Fon Batis | Chris helped us buy lunch and sugar cane for a snack | twa fanm sifi pou fe yon marche | Three women are enough to make a market
28: Further up and further in
29: Beyond Mountains, More Mountains | Deye Mon, Gen Mon
30: The Fort | The lone occupier | Chak kochon gen samdi pa-l. | Each pig gets his own Saturday.
31: Lane pase toujou pi bon. Past years are always better.
32: Byen prese pa rive. In a hurry will not arrive.
33: Almost completely silent and beautifully cool, it was well worth the few thousand foot ascent on the rough roads to get here
34: Kay koule tronpe soley men li pa tronpe lapli. A leaking roof may fool the sun, but cannot fool the rain.
35: Pa pale sa ou pa we ak prop je ou. Never talk about something that you have not seen with your own eyes. | Sa ou pa konnen pi gran pase ou. What you do not know is bigger than you. | Neg fe lide'l, Bondye ba'l dwa. Man makes plans, God allows
36: Day 7: Friday | Back at the MCM pre-school
37: 1. Katie gets down to give a boy a hug 2. Another kids joins,forcing her to sit 3. Their enthusiasm pushes her over 4. More kids join the dog pile 5. As she struggles to get back up more kids join the fun. | Sak vid pa kanpe. An empty sack can't stand.
38: Ednerson "Bebe" | Mirlande | Natasha | Pierre | Mama Venette "Ti Nana" | Papa Edner "Nene" | Day 8
39: A wonderful emotional reunion | Phillipe | Saturday February 18, 2012 | Fanm pou you tan, manman pou tout tan. Wife for a time, mother for all time.
40: We were fed lunch at the home of Venante (Edner's sister). These pictures are on the roof of the house, where her kitchen is | Venante, Jean, with daughters Venette and Olphine
41: This is the Vilne's house which collapsed in the earthquake | Poor People entertain with the heart
42: Port-au-Prince Fellowship | We loved this english-speaking church. Troy Livesay led the worship which had rhythm and soul. And we loved the Australian pastor's sermon as well. After church we took the Vilnes for lunch at Epi D'or. We chose this restaurant because it was close to the guesthouse and we just had the 1 rusty car to transport all 14 of us. We all had a burger, fries and pop for $42 | Day 9: Sunday | Chak jou pa dimanch. Not every day is Sunday | Nan pwem lapriy ki pa gen amen. There is no prayer without its amen.
43: Ednerson, Johanne, Phillipe, Natasha, Katie, Denia, Jesula, Carlita
44: We hosted the family in the guesthouse living area all of Sunday afternoon | It was just such a special time and seemed way too short. We didn't want it to end. | kozman mande chez Conversation begs a chair
45: Thanks so much to Natasha for coming from Miami to translate for us | Cola, Johanne's boyfriend was the driver | 6 Siblings | Denia 12, Jesula 9, Pierre 5 mons, Philipe 8, Ednerson 3, Mirlande 20
46: Saying Good-Bye | This is Cola's car which regularly carried 9 people. We were amazed that it still ran. They picked all 5 of us up when they already had 4 adults in the car. | Apre dans, tanbou toujou lou." After the dance, the drum is always heavy.
47: Ryan and Josh, our Heartline driver | At PAP airport | Good-Bye Haiti, Hope to see you again soon | Places we traveled on this trip | Old Fort Hike | Clean Water for Haiti | Big Fort Mountain Trip/Fon Batis Market | We want to go next trip | Everything else | Day 10, Monday | Byen pre pa lakay. Very close is not home yet.
48: Everglades National Park | Day 12: Tuesday, February 21
49: Day 11, Tuesday February 21 | Florida
50: ROBERT IS HERE Fruit Stand
51: The pressure sensitive spray park caught a few of us by surprise | Homestead, Florida
52: In the evening, Natasha, her mom, Mona, and niece, Nyiesha joined us for a visit at our hotel room in Miami | Mona loved our pictures of Haiti | Our last day was spent flying home, and so ended a wonderful adventure for our family. The memories will keep us until we can go again.