S: MISSION RYAN BOARD MEMBERS MISSION TRIP
FC: MISSION TRIP Dominican Republic & Haiti OCTOBER 2010
1: MISSION RYAN | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COLONIAL AREA
2: COMPASSION HEADQUARTERS IN SANTO DOMINGO
3: Dropping off gifts that sponsors sent with me for their sponsor children in the DR.
4: VISTING THE COMPASSION CENTER JAROLIS ATTENDS
5: I was able to review Jarolis' school records. She attends Pre-K at the Compassion Project Center.
6: JAROLIS' TEACHER
7: El Buen Samaritano Student Center
8: Compassion is building a new school where Jarolis lives in Pedernales.
9: THE MOMENT I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.......MEETING JAROLIS AND HER FAMILY.
11: Jarolis Cristal Williams | Jarolis shares with me a picture she had taken at Pre-school. She looked so cute. She gave me one to keep.
12: Jarolis was shy but held my hand and hugged me many times. | I had been looking forward to this trip for months. Unfortunately I got very sick the morning of our departure. I missed our flight and was devastated. I was able to catch a flight two days later and just in time for my planned visit with Jarolsi. I was sick 4 out of the 5 days on the trip but as sick as I was the trip was worth every second.
13: My translator helps me chat with Jarolis and her siblings.
14: Jarolis lives in the middle part of this house with her mom, dad and six siblings. Her other 3 siblings live with her grandmother. Her family cooks outside and has no indoor plumbing. My bathroom is bigger than her house.
15: Jarolis lives on the plains of Pedernales, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The regional diet consists of beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, flu and stomach problems. Most adults in Pedernales are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $84 per month. Jarolis mom stays home with the kids and her dad works when he can find work as a laborer.
17: We took Jarolis back to our hotel and sat by the pool and ate lunch. Her Teacher and Director of her school joined us. We invited her mom but she wasn't able to come with us. She had to wait for Jarolis' siblings to get home from school. | Jarolis opened her presents while we waited for lunch.
18: SAYING GOODBYE
19: Jarolis told the translator she didn't want me to go.
20: Julian | We stopped for a quick break on the beach and to sip on coconut juice.
21: Our driver Gusso holds up some seashells he found.
22: CROSSING THE BORDER INTO HAITI
23: At the Border we were stopped by Customs and asked to show our passports. They made all of us get off the bus and come inside their office. The Customs Agent argued back and forth with our driver and Pastor Onelis about what it would cost us to cross the border. Once the Customs Agent realized we had a doctor on board he let us cross in exchange for giving him blood pressure and cholesterol medicine.
24: THIS IS THE ROAD GETTING TO HAITI. WE HAD MOUNTAINS ON ONE SIDE AND A LAKE ON THE OTHER. A LARGE PORTION OF THE ROAD WAS FLOODED. | HAITI
26: It takes about 2 hours to get to Port au Prince from the Border.
28: It was a good feeling to see Mission Ryan's name on the gate at the Orphanage.
30: MY NEW FRIENDS
31: MY NEW FRIEND RUTH. RUTH HAS LIVED AT THE ORPHANGE SINCE SHE WAS 5 MONTHS OLD.
33: THE KIDS LOVED HAVING THEIR PICTURE TAKEN. I HAD FUN TEACHING THEM TO PLAY RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT.
34: ME AND NATASHIA
35: SPECIAL | I WILL NEVER FORGET LAYING IN MY TENT AT BEDTIME AND LISTENING TO THE KIDS OUTSIDE SOME SLEEPING IN TENTS AND OTHERS ON THE GROUND SINGING "HOW GREAT THOU ART" BEFORE THEY DRIFTED OFF TO SLEEP.
36: WE DID AN HIV CLINIC AT THE ORPHANGE AND TESTED ALL OF THE CHILDREN FOR HIV. WE ALSO TOOK HEIGHT AND WEIGHT MEASUREMENTS AND A PICTURE TO DOCUMENT EACH CHILD.
37: THANKFULLY ALL OF THE HIV RESULTS WERE NEGATIVE.
38: Little John Nelson and Mark
40: After the HIV clinic the children made frames for their sponsors.
41: Next the children picked their sponsors.
43: The children show off their sponsor letters and pictures they received.