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Jan 9, 2014 - Combi

Wow! Where to begin? When we arrived at the "mango farm" on our first day it was really a mess. I think we all took one look and thought, "Hmm. What have we gotten ourselves into?" Picture a small, fenced in, overgrown, community garden with dried up shoots of okra, squash vines running from end to end, trees growing wherever the seeds happened to fall. Dried up and chaotic. Unfortunately I am unable to upload pictures but will do so when we get home. Today, the little plot of land looks like a professional landscaping team came in and...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Day 2

Bon jou from Montrouis! We arrived safely yesterday evening. The trip was exhausting but easy. No snags at all unless you count the fact that several of our team members (who will remain nameless) could not keep up with their own bags. :) And 2 of our supply cases are still somewhere between Pensacola and PAP. Once we were through the airport we packed ourselves into the rear of a large tap-tap for the hour plus ride to Life Connection. The facility here is beautiful and much different outwardly from where we stayed last year. However, the...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Haiti

The three effects of THE BOMB that hit Haiti include a Technology Gap, bad geography, and most of all in this case, Health and disease. After the earthquake hit which can be be blamed on the bad geography of Haiti and it being at risk for natural disasters. The issues of health and disease are apparent in the cholera epidemics described in the distributed article, and finally the technology gap of their medical centers are preventing the cholera epidemic from ceasing due to unclean wounds not being fully cleaned for treatment. these...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Hey Haiti

Haiti is another country that was not only poor, but was devastated by an earthquake as well. Many rushed to the aid of the country, which did help for the most part, but still today the country is in pretty bad shape. It simply has no economy. Over half of its income is from aid, and another 4th of it is money that is "sent back home" from family members in other countries that are working. On top of that, there is basically no education system, on average there is only 2.8 years of schooling for the people in Haiti. 2.8 years! This is...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Haiti

Haiti, being the poorest nation in the western hemisphere suffers from various problems. The nation was already in bad standing before an earthquake hit it in 2012, which only weakened the nation's condition. With the construction of most buildings in Haiti being fairly weak, to say the least, and the nation itself lying on a fault line, the damage resulting from the earthquake was greatly maximized. Haiti holds few sources of clean drinking water, which meant that diseases such as cholera, which were problems for the nation even before the...

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Feb 11, 2012 - You can't get there from here

When we started off on today's adventure Barry said, "you realize you can't get there from here". The truth of the matter is that you have to drive out of the city and around, then back towards the city to get the short distance to our destination. When we were making our loop we came upon a huge area of land that has been cleared and row after row of cement houses are being built. The first section of the land that they are building the houses on has over 100 little 3 room 400 sq ft houses. The houses have a small living space and 2 small...

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Feb 10, 2012 - Four-Wheeling in Haiti

I am sure that you are tiring of hearing me say "what an amazing experience" but I just can't help myself. Today started with a trip to Dano Christian School in the southern part of Haiti. It took us at least two hours to get there. Haiti only has 2 major roads in the entire country and as of today we have driven on both of them. Driving and riding In a car in Haiti is an experience all its own. Normal rules of the road do not apply. People drive on either or both sides of the road, passing and jockeying for position continuously. After...

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Feb 8, 2012 - First day in Haiti

We arrived in Port Au Prince at 9:20 on Wednesday morning. It was immediately obvious that we are in the true sense of the word foreigners. Barry Borror our very capable escort guided us through the airport and managed to procure men to collect and haul our bags for us. No small task since we had 8 50lbs bags between us plus our carry on. Tony Boursiquot was there waiting for us with his car. Tony took us to his home where we will be staying. He and his wife Myrtha have a beautiful home which Tony built himself. He had brunch ready and...

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May 8, 2011 - Sunday visiting 2 Churches and Schools

Sunday morning began with a breakfast of delicious sausage and pepper omelets, and sweet slices of pineapple. The coffee in Haiti is excellent. After breakfast, Zachary played with Lucky a bit. After breakfast we spent a few minutes relaxing on the roof. It is remarkable how many people live in the area immediately surrounding us. Many live in tents, some live in dwellings with cinder block walls and corrugated tin roofs. We got ready to go to the Bethesda Church in Cabaret. Cabaret is a town about an hour and a half northwest of...

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May 7, 2011 - The Trip Begins!

Our trip began at 3:45 am on Saturday morning when the Collins arrived at the Wicks house. The Collins drove with their full-size van. With the back bench seat removed, there was still room for the 7 of us, and a lot of luggage in the back. But in order to maximize the materials we brought with us, we fit all our personal belongings into personal backpacks and five carry-ons, and use the other two carry-ons, as well as our 14 checked bags, to bring supplies to Haiti. The checked bags consisted of 11 crates each weighing approximately 50...

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May 26, 2010 - Reverse Culture Shock

Wednesday, Day 8 Reverse Culture Shock Today we fly home. Its 7:50 am and we are waiting for our plane in the departure gate at the Port au Prince airport. Peter warned me about it: The reverse culture shock is already hitting me. People are bragging about getting upgraded to first class for $150. People are changing $5s and $10s so they can buy souveniers. Missionarires are swaggering around the departure gate feeling good about themselves in their matching tee shirts. Rich is upstairs getting some water and food and we’ve started to...

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May 25, 2010 - Delivery Day

Tuesday, Day 7 Delivery Day Day 7 (Tuesday) Today we left to make water filter deliveries at 6 am. We spent most of the day in the Arcahaie area of town which is south of Pierre Payen. Arcahaie is a maze of single wide dirt roads with tons of homes crammed in there in haphazard ways (no neat grids like in the states). I'd be surprised if anyone had running water. Our first delivery was at a home just off the main highway so we parked on the shoulder and walked in behind the buildings that lined the highway where some homes were located....

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