FC: My Time In Haiti By: Dan Lane
1: When I first arrived in Haiti I thought to myself. Wow this place is beautiful!
2: The Haitian currency is the gourde. This has very little value. Stacked up against the US dollar it is worth $.02 | Usually men wear loose fitting shirts called guayabera. Where as women tend to wear skirts or dresses
3: Holidays are very important to the Haitians. They go all out for their major holidays no matter how they are doing or what is going on at the time. My time spent at the celebration of Carnival was very memorable | The food took a while for me to get used to but I have come to grow very fond of it. The meals usually include corn and rice and other tropical fruits and vegetables. The most popular meat is bbq pork. | There are many murals around the cities. People like to let their emotions be seen by drawing how they feel on walls. These are very nice to look at and give the city a good look.
4: As I was staying in Haiti I saw many posters around. These are some of the posters that I saw that were made to try to get people all over the world to donate and help the Haitians attempt to recover after such a terrible disaster
5: In the news in Haiti, many people have turned to religion to save them after the earthquake | After the quake, there was a large amount of people left dead, injured, or homeless | News Headlines | Haiti was just a huge mess because of the disaster
6: Ever since the earthquake, around here the streets have been crazy. People have been rioting and starting fires and such. It is very bad and these people are in desperate need of help. I believe that if they are able to go back to having a home like before the earthquake the crime and rioting would be dramatically lessened.
7: These are the school children that I have been trying to help. They are lucky that they are not fully aware of what has happened and are just having fun playing with the other kids | When they are in class the teachers are very strict and keep them in lines because there are so many in each class that if it is not organized the teachers would not be able to control all the kids
8: However it is very sad to see children so impoverished and starving that they have to take care of each other. I saw these kids the other day and just thought to myself how lucky we are that these kids would be able to get help from the government. But down here they do not have that luxury
9: Dear Dad, I have just arrived in Haiti a few days ago. And let me tell you it is a very different style of life than I have gotten used to back home. Down here it is very sad, the damage from the earthquake is still very visible and every time I walk down the street there are homeless beggers on every street corner. Also the food here is very different. Here everything is made fresh and the people do not go out to eat. Some of the main meals include rice and seasonings. But for the most part life down here needs a lot of help. People are living in poverty and it is very upsetting seeing how people can live because I have never imagined that people in the world could be living like this. And the government is really not doing much to help out. But anyway please write back and we will keep in touch. Love you daddy! Love, Dan Lane
10: The living conditions are not very good at all. Many houses do not have running or clean water available and this can spread many diseases. | Also the poor neighborhoods are jam packed with poorly made homes that are just piled on top of each other. People here do not have personal space like people in America are used to
11: Here in Haiti they do not have huge supermarkets to buy all the food at. But many people just do their shopping almost daily on the streets. Here people only keep the food that they need for a short time because the food goes bad much quicker than back home
12: Dear Joe, I am currently here in Haiti with the Peace Corps. At first I was really enjoying myself going to the celebrations of their holidays such as carnival. That was a whole lot of fun. Everyone was dressed up dancing and it was similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But suddenly I realized how bad the quality of life is down here and it made me feel bad for these kids having to grow up in poverty when I was able to get whatever I wanted and they are not even able to get everything that they need. And the people on the streets in some neighborhoods are even worse than some of the bad neighborhoods back home. They loot and riot very often. But the thing that I miss the most is watching the Phillies every day I haven’t been able to watch a game since I have been here! But anyway I hope you are having a good time in South Africa and I can’t wait to see you when I get home. Love, Dan
13: Hey Matt! How are things down in Mississippi? I am sure everything is going fine. Well I am over here in Haiti currently getting ready to finish up my time in the Peace Corps. Haiti was amazing at first and I felt great being able to help all these people that are in such a need. However now many of the things that I thought were great are being overshadowed by the many negative things about Haiti. Such as the lack of a powerful government, they have no control over the people in the cities. These people were left homeless after the disaster in 2010 and ever since have gone on to make the country worse off rather than helping the country to rebuild. I would love to see them be able to get the funds and put the effort in to fix this place because it has the potential to be beautiful. But I just feel that only they can truly fix this place because in order to be fixed the people need to want to fix it. Well I will be seeing you shortly when we both get home. Bye brother! Love, Dan