Monday, July 9, 2012

Traffic. Ugh.

If you think traffic is bad haven't seen anything until you've been in Haiti.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Work Days

Every day is different.  Every single day in Haiti has been different in so many ways.  It is an adventure even when steps forward end up being steps backwards.

Today I spent time with the villagers have a variety of conversations.  Then, we began the revolving fund!  This is something I have wanted to do for some time but wanted to make sure it was something the people would buy into.  Max, my dear friend and currently translator, was a big help in this as he has a small business with his wife and often provides business opportunities to those around him.  I really appreciated his help in this context.

Handing out school supplies so the kids can continue reading
and writing while school is out for summer.  They won't go back until October.

This photo was taken on a Sunday.  He was preparing the family's meal.
Most of the families in the village still do not have money to eat regularly.  This is the most food I've ever seen in the village besides one meal we ate together after a donation was given from the Doctor.
A meeting with four (4) women who are part of our revolving fund.
The contract with the women for their loans.  Note how two of them are unable to sign their names.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Addition

Please welcome the newest addition to the village - Stefana!  She is the second baby to be born here.  Both Mom and baby are doing great!  Unfortunately, the father is not in the picture.  This is Nerlande's first child and she has great support from her sister.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Village Map

The new homes are complete and completely beautiful.  To be able to see the homes on the drive in everyday is a breath of fresh air in the area.  Just beautiful.

When I arrived this morning, I needed to create a new village map because everyone is now in their new homes.  Who better to help then all the kids?  It was a fun little game as they were brutally honest.  I love them.

Spent the day visiting the villagers in their homes.  They were really proud to invite me in and show me their new homes.  The dynamic has totally changed here and an attitude of pride is noticeably present.

Jean Fritz showing me his family's home.
Some were creative in their new homes.  Roly made a closet.