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Mar 11, 2017 - Traveling day

March 11th Up around 7:00 and do the last bit of packing to get ready to leave and pack one bag with bags for the next trip. This takes a while so when we go for breakfast there are two pieces of mango and one hard boiled egg… One of the crew hadn’t eaten their second so we had one egg and one piece of mango each. Then we unloaded the school supplies on the kitchen table which gave us a couple extra bags to pack, so back to the room. Already about 90. Lots of running around and confusion then the truck arrived to take the luggage down to...

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Haiti again!

Mar 11, 2016 - Return to Port au Prince

Up fairly early and have a nice breakfast – Jiff peanut butter rather than Mamba – the Haitian variety – tasted rather bland. Bread got a little bit staler every day it seemed. After breakfast we packed up all of our stuff – took down nets and double checked everything. Finally got everyone together and packed the truck full of stuff – nowhere near as much as we brought over but still a bunch. Then most of us walked down to the beach to get on the boat. Once on board several islanders joined us and we had a rather rough time pulling the...

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To the Isle of Cows

Mar 7, 2016 - The road goes ever on and on

Board our flight to Port au Prince with no problems. Takes a while to get through customs but really no issues. On guard tried to get a bit of money from me but I sent him to Adam and things got settled. Met the driver and loaded up the van then headed out through the city. Normal crazy drivers and pedestrians everywhere and very dirty as well – but folks looked healthy. As we headed south out of the city things calmed down a bit – not a lot but a bit. Area next to the sea was almost all filled with private residents or parks. Otherwise...

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To the Isle of Cows

Mar 7, 2015 - Back to Port au Prince

Woke up at about 6:00 and took a walk down by the ocean. Out onto the pier and saw a bunch of fish – including one of the pretty but invasive lion fish. The water is very clear but there is a lot of trash in it. There were several fishing boats – one being rowed pulling up a fishing line that had put out t enight before. Another man in a handmade boat paddled by dropping crab traps with coke bottle floats. a Chatted a bit then off to breakfast – omelets, papaya, oatmeal, and banana. We then (mostly) piled into the van and drove off to the...

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Mar 1, 2015 - On the way to Port-au-Prince

We left Atlanta around 11:30 in the middle of a cold drizzle. We finally got above the clouds and then flew down the coast of Florida. We saw Cape Kennedy through the clouds, then a variety of Caribbean islands. The flight wasn't too crowded so was fairy comfortable. Arriving in Port-au-Prince around 3:00 we went through Passport control then in to customs. At customs things got complex. Lots of people offering "help" to carry the bags - and we had a bunch. Of the eleven folks we all had two carry ons and two fifty pounds bags of supplies....

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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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Mawh Bee-lawg

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 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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