They shoot dogs don’t they???? Last night at about 3:00am two dogs started up right outside our window. It sounded like one dog was throwing up (repeatedly) and the other was cheering him on. It went on for about 40 minutes…. if I had a gun…. boom it would be done. The church bells started at 7:30am but we were already up and prepping. After a quick breakfast of spaghetti (spicy… yum) we loaded up the van and headed up to Riviere Froide… but not before going into the auto parts district of Port au Prince…. it was a long street in the center of the city where you can buy used auto parts. This area was amazing anywhere you looked people were fixing cars and trucks … right there in the street and there were parts EVERYWHERE! If your vehicle was having issues and you went there four or five men would hang over the engine and discuss the possible causes of the problem. A meeting of the minds. We were seeking a tiny part that broke off the fuel area (cap) of a Land Rover… it was tiny. We were told to just come back tomorrow they would have it….. Father Roosevelt told us later that they probably will go and steal it… not sure if he was serious about that
Then we headed to Carrferour and started the climb up the mountain to Riviere Froide. I navigated giving directions as Father R had never been there…. I was awesome…. it was going sooo well until we hit the driveway of the Riviere Froide complex when our Land Rover could not climb the driveway…. for those of you who have never been there it is STEEP so the vehicle did not have 4 wheel drive and although they gave it a gallant try we had to get out and walk it. So I have decided its a serious gym routine for me… two years ago right after the earthquake I ran that driveway… not today it was so hard. So as soon as I get back on Monday I am in training….
So although I saw progress around the area up in the complex the larger school pledged by Kinder No Hilfe has not even been started. Our school/home was excellent. The children where in school but we toured the rooms and took photos. Sister Giselle came to meet us and remember Rick and was all concerned on how he was. They told us to tell Rick that the nuns and the children prayed for him everyday. We visited the class… they sang to us…thanked us over and over again… it was very nice. Oh course it was just a curiosity visit to make sure the building held up through the last Hurricane Season and to make sure it was being run properly and in accordance with the agreement we had with the Sisters. It was….. it is a safe place for these children to live and learn. It is definitely what we wanted that building to be. It has offered Maslow’s security level of needs and education for these kids. The building is in great shape and life goes on. Bravo for everyone involved in the school project.
After we left RF we went into PAP again and looked a bit more for that elusive auto part… then we went and stopped at the Sisters of Charity which is the order of nuns originated by Mother Theresa. Meghan really wanted to stop there so we spent about an hour there caring for babies… I really don’t mind going there as I see it as a learning experience for all novice Haiti travelers but I really hate leaving when they cry because they don’t want you to leave.
We left went shopping for Haitian Coffee and Ragaman for our next fundraisers on campus… it was so much fun…. I love shopping in Haitian markets. We bought so much for the fundraiser and it only cost $65 USD.
So our errands were done and we headed back toward the mountain… thats when the fun began… as we were going down a hill in the center of PAP headed into a busy intersection the driver hit his brakes it learched and then he said in Haitian …brakes…. his brakes had given out. So here we are going 45 mph into a intersection where you had to turn left or right or hit a pole. It happened so fast I still can’t believe that we evaded two big vehicles… people on the street and make the 90 degree turn with no problem…. when they tell you that you drive like a Haitian.. they are really giving you a compliment. We applauded the driver … who was noticeable a bit frazzled and then were transferred to another van… and they were quick to tell us it was a 2011 vehicle
So once again we climbed Mont Lopital…. had lunch and then I passed out for about three hours from sheer heat and exhaustion…. naps are decadent…I love them when I have the opportunity to take one. So Chelsie, Pancha, Mike & I took naps while Joni, Meghan and Ben set up and ran a scavenger hunt for the kids….need I say it was a fabulous success!
Tomorrow is our day to return to LaTorre Bouchan … with motor, gear, and other equipment in hand…. it will be good to do what we are here to do… it will be a long hot day but one that brings so much opportunity to the people of LaTorre. Father R has already told us the latrines we built have drastically cut down on he cases of thyoid and Cholera… tomorrow we get to talk to the people themselves and learn more.
Although our trips to Haiti never go exactly as planned – flexibility is a MUST on these trips… I am so excited about Mont Lopital… we are already working on plans for the community store … a project that will offer so much opportunity and resources to this village – not to mention the saving of value time and money… as Mike told me tonight… there is so much opportunity for us as a team here… and for the first time in Haiti I feel like I am working with people who understand us…. and SIFE. Its a cool deal!
So now we sit on the roof of the rectory looking out over a lit up PAP. We were brought sugar cane and mangoes on the roof to snack on while blogging and chatting. Our light is one of our solar lantern …. which is lighting the entire roof …. amazing! Haiti does have its challenges but it also has its rewards.
So as Pancha would say…. and there you go….