S: Haiti - September 2012 and February 2013
FC: GOD IS GOOD | ALL THE TIME | HAITI
1: T | Team 141 | Glamour Team 157 | Andrea | Silvia | Butch | Beth
2: From Raleigh to Port-au-Prince and beyond.....
3: Taking the road less traveled
4: ...And starving the whole time....
6: Tapyo | CLINICS | The mountain clinic is an hour's bumpy ride from the compound We always get lots of helpers to unload and setup the clinic.
7: Titanyen | The Titanyen clinic is held at a church. The church is small, with little air flow, and we are "sweating for Jesus" all day and loving every minute of it!
8: Arcahie | The clinic is held at a big church that also has a school. Sometimes, food vendors setup in the church yard.
9: Bon Repos | We have been coming to the church at Bon Repos since the first trip and have seen the progress made rebuilding it. This time we found real pews instead of 2x4's on cinder blocks!
10: Tent City | Tent City at Titanyen is a rough place. The clinic is held in a building that was to be a church, but there's no roof, just a tarp, and no floor, just gravel (watch out for twisted ankles!). | The population has been steadily declining as people have found permanent housing.
11: Luly | Luly is a cool place by the sea (never got to see it). The Salvation Army helps host this clinic.
12: Junior, Jude, Michel, Tamere, Tharlene, Williamson, Innocent. Thank you to all our friends for making our work week so rewarding and educating. We can't wait to go back again! | THE STAFF
13: Dr Vlad Dr. Francise Dr. Merline | Sophie Lucie
14: Germain | The road to mountainous Germain was a 1 1/2 hour roller coaster rivaled experience (not recommended for those prone to car sickness!). Right in the middle of the road you end up at a prison entrance, drive through the prison, and continue on up the mountain.
15: Cite Soleil | The site was also home to a school. It was well ventilated (no walls) and quite a steady number of patients.
16: Cabaret | Site of the permanent clinic in a neighborhood house. In February, a shipment of furniture and equipment for the clinic arrived and we helped set it up.
17: Silvia poses with the "Celine Dion" of Haiti and a sleeping child waiting for her medicine.... | ....while Beth helps arrange the new furniture for the clinic.
19: Progress is finally here! We could see construction projects everywhere, the old presidential palace was torn down, most of the tent cities were disbanded, and Haitians now have access to clean water, education, and affordable medical care (thanks in part to our clinics)
21: Butch at work | Butch's skills were maximized as he had to improvise IV stations to accommodate all the patients!
22: Beth at work | Poor Beth got called to "do the nasty:, as she referred to giving "piques" to the children.
23: Her compassion was evident in the care she took with each patient.
26: ANDREA'S ANTICS | Andrea couldn't stand for a bed to be unmade. If you waited long enough, your bed would be made to perfection.
27: Somehow, Andrea has gotten the idea that she needs to get her hair done every time she comes to Haiti.
28: With a no nonsense attitude, Andrea dispensed medical and life advice to all: "if drinking is making you sick, just stop drinking!" | Andrea at work
30: Armed with a smile and a limited Creole vocabulary, Silvia was a pro at reading the doctors' handwriting
31: Silvia at work | and she enjoyed triaging the patients, especially the children.
32: A nice old lady brought to the Germain clinic on her bed by her family. As she struggled to breathe because of pneumonia, she took the time to smile when Silvia took her vitals. | An entrepeneurial young lady with her homemade wheelchair, who has drivers to transport her. | Sweet Dollee of Tent City, who could beat up any boy she wanted to! | With one eye half closed because of infection, little Marie proudly shows her new "lous-lous".
33: Patients we won't forget | Baby Levinson, struggling to survive at 6 months and weighing barely 7 pounds. We keep him in our prayers and have heard he continues to make progress.
34: Even in Haiti, the old NC State rivalry is alive as Butch took exception to a man's shirt in Tapyo. Meanwhile, Dr. Vlad got a haircut from Tharlene, who was later seen rehearsing her wedding song. Andrea and Silvia offered to be her backup pips, but she declined. The outhouse to the right was especially built for the foreign wedding guests!
36: VLADIMYR JUNIOR "VJ" | We were honored to meet this future doctor as we have known his parents since before they were married.
38: Jude's children gave us much joy during a surprise visit to his house!
40: EMMANUEL ORPHANAGE | We had visited this children with Team 90. It was great to see how they've grown! | We brought them food, some toys, and clothes. | And they sang and prayed for us, inspiring us in our journey.
41: We brought these children clothes and toys, and they sang for us also. We will never forget the drummer, keeping the beat with an old toothbrush! | CHRISTIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN
42: Everyone had a laugh while Silvia pursued the "big chicken" for a photo op. She didn't know how to say turkey in Creole. | WILDLIFE
43: The | These wild chickens decided to lay eggs under Dr. Vlad's car at the compound!
44: Our hosts in both trips were amazing! They kept us fed, happy, safe, and on schedule! They are volunteers like us and wear many hats in the field (from driver, to cook, to banker, etc.)
45: LET'S TRAVEL | Not all those who wander are lost | Scott & Janet Daughtry | Wanda & Bobby Temple
46: Pre-wedding jitters! | It was such a privilege to be able to attend Michel's wedding and learn about Haitian wedding customs.
47: The girls didn't have electricity at home and so had to dry their hair on the way to the wedding (which was a two-hour ride)
48: The wedding lasted two hours and included singing, preaching, dancing...
49: ...bridesmaids, groomsmen, and a "fake bride" called "annonceuse".
50: Congratulations to Gasnel et Michelene Michel!!
53: BELIEVE IN HAPPILY EVER AFTER, AND IT WILL COME TRUE
55: BEST FRIENDS | Francise catches the bouquet