S: Our Trip to Haiti
FC: Our Trip To Haiti Jan. 23rd - Feb. 3rd 2012
1: We arrived in Haiti January 23rd, 2012. at approximately 5:00 p.m. Cornelius, Mindy and Chloe were waiting for us at the airport in Port-au-Prince. Once we had gone through customs, we could pick up our luggage. We were quickly surrounded by a lot of people dressed in red shirts who really wanted to help us with our luggage, etc. Cornelius managed to make his way into the entrance of the building. With a few "Non Merci's" he took our luggage and we went outside. There we met Chloe and Mindy who were anxiously waiting to see us. Chloe saw us coming and very excitedly waved and called "Grandma & Grandpa.!" After lots of hugs and kisses we were soon introduced to the adventure of driving on the roads in Haiti. | Port-Au-Prince from the air. | Flying over Haiti!
2: The next morning after we dropped Chloe off at school, we stopped to see the English Church, where a lot of the friends they have made in Haiti have their membership.
3: These pictures were taken outside of Mindy, Cornelius and Chloe's House. The flowers were beautiful! | The house they rented for the first 6 months in Haiti. The walls and gate were covered with razor wire for security. All the windows and 2 entrance gates had wrought iron work over them as well. Inside there was also a wrought iron gate at the bottom of the stairs to prevent anyone from going upstairs at night.
4: In Haiti it is common for the missionary families to have house help. This gives the opportunity to give employment to the local people as well as building closer relationships with them. | Nanotte | Chloe helping Nanotte crush spices for a Haitian meal.
5: These pictures are of Nanotte and Ken. Nanotte came in every day to cook, clean and do laundry for Cornelius, Mindy and Chloe. | Ken would come in for three mornings each week. his job was to sweep, mop, yard-work, fill water bottles etc. | Ken
6: Chloe loves all the pets at Randy and Karen's house. The center photo shows her with Angel one of the two dogs at the first house they rented. They also had 2 fish and a turtle there.
7: Chloe having fun with a gecko she caught. (It was missing a leg.)
8: Chloe Faith Broersma
9: Chloe's first day of School
10: Chloe attends Quisqueya Christian School for the morning session.
11: Chloe was very excited to show us her school and the playground. As you can see, all her friends were eager to get into the pictures too!
12: There were many sights to see on the way to and from the school!
13: One day Mindy and I walked to pick up Chloe from School. The children we passed were all dressed in uniforms for school. The little girl below was on her way to school with her dad. So cute! It was a very hot walk so we stopped at "Epidor", a local burger joint, for some ice cream on the way home.
14: The next morning we went with Cornelius to Adoration Christian School for the opening assembly, which was being led by the grade 3 class. After some Bible reading, prayer and enthusiastic singing it was time for the students to go back to the classrooms and enjoy the breakfast prepared for them. | Opening Assembly.
15: The Ladies cooking and serving breakfast for all the students. We had a taste it was like a coconut flavoured cream of wheat. | We had a tour of the school and Mindy introduced us to the different teachers and their classes. We were welcomed with an enthusiastic "Bon Jou!" | Students washing up after breakfast. | Cornelius at his desk in an office, which is shared with Randy and the pastor of the church.
16: A MORNING SPENT...
17: AT ADORATION SCHOOL
18: On Sunday we attended the church service held at Adoration School. Although the service was in Creole Mindy translated for us. We enjoyed some very enthusiastic singing.
19: After the church service we went back to Mindy and Cornelius' house for Dutch Soup. Yummy! Bob enjoyed his meal with the princesses. | Later Bob went for a walk with some of the neighbours.They walked to an area that was being rebuilt. First the walls and the gates go up, then the houses would be built inside later.
20: Typical scenes as we traveled through the city. | A house across from the school. | A tent city beside the school. | We saw many people carrying heavy loads. | We saw lots of animals at the side of the road. | View over the bridge on the way to school. | Normal traffic traveling in Port-au-Prince
22: We spent two relaxing days at a beautiful beach resort called Indigo. Staying over one night. As you can see from the pictures we had a great time enjoying the beach and the warm weather. | Indigo
24: On Wednesday Bob & Cornelius had an opportunity to take a trip with an MAF pilot on one of their scheduled flights. Bob flew with Mike Broyles. They took a mission team to Ouananinthe, a village near the Dominican border. He even got to sit in the co-pilots seat. Pretty cool eh?. Cornelius went with his friend Jason Krul to Hinch and. Jeremie. | Flying high with . . .
25: Mission Aviation Fellowship
27: Hanging out at home. | Sleepy Time
28: Bob and Cornelius took a trip to the grocery store and around the city. They ended up at a restaurant called The View. Here are some of the pictures they took. There's even a Scotiabank in Port au Prince! | One of the things that took a little getting used to here in Haiti, (besides so many people on the streets and the driving!!), were the armed guards in the parking lot of the grocery stores.
29: Another evening we went to The View for supper. We had a great meal and enjoyed the view as well. | We saw some fireworks off in the distance, while enjoying our meal. Chloe had great fun looking over the edge of the railing to see what looked like toy cars and motorcycles down on the street.
30: As you can see, car windows get very dusty during the dry season.. Not to worry you can get them cleaned while you continue driving along! | Touring Downtown Port-au-Prince | The Iron Market
31: We walked by the National Palace which has not been repaired since the earthquake. Surrounding the palace are four parks. Centered in each park is a statue commemorating Haiti's fight for freedom. We walked into one of the tent cities, that fill those parks, to take the picture on the left. The Free slave, holding a machete in his hand, and a broken chain on his ankle. He is blowing the conch shell to call the Haitians to the war for independence.
32: Mindy and Cornelius had gone to Croix-des-Bouquets during the rainy season. They saw children swimming in this drainage ditch. | A trip to Croix-des-Bouquets (Creole: Kwadebouke)
33: Croix-des-Bouquets is a northern suburb in the Port-Au-Prince metropolitan area. The entire village is an example of Haitian creativity. It resonates with the sounds of the clanging and banging of mallets and chisels in the process of transforming raw metal into stunning iron sculptures. Amazingly this art is made from recycled steel oil drums. I read that the artist first cuts off the top and bottom of the drum and then cuts down the side from top to bottom. Next they stuff it full of banana leaves and set it on fire. This cleans off any paint and residue that may be left on the metal. The drum is then flattened by hand and hammered perfectly flat. A design is drawn onto the metal and it is cut out using a hammer and chisel. Using these hand tools it is then hammered and shaped into the finished product. Wow!
34: Mindy and Cornelius moved into this house the week after we went home. | Living and dining room | Kitchen | Another view of the Kitchen | Family Room | Entry off driveway | Side Porch
35: Jason Krul, a pilot who works for MAF, lives here with his family. They are presently on furlough. Cornelius, Mindy and Chloe are able to rent it until they come back to Canada at the end of March (for Mindy and Chloe) and the beginning of May (for Cornelius) | While we were still in Haiti Bob was able to help Cornelius move some of the bigger pieces of furniture.
36: Happy memories of Haiti
37: Culture and Language training in Belladere a small village located three and a half hours North-West of Port-au-Prince. | Mindy, Cornelius and Chloe spent 3 weeks living with a family in the village of Belladere. A local pastor gave them Creole lessons 3 times per week.