(This was written yesterday…we had internet issues and couldn’t post).
Today is Wednesday, February 13, our second full day at the mission.
After a breakfast of waffles and scrambled eggs, we set off for our different adventures. Kristin and Dustin saw patients in the Clinic and organized the exam room and supplies. Tyler and Natalie staffed the pharmacy and helped take vital signs and consulted with medication questions from the medical team.
Lelia, Hannah, Chris, and Tammy went to the beach with four children and their teachers. The beach is located by a hotel that is across the street from the mission. We had a fun time giggling as we played in the waves. The view was beautiful with the mountains on one side and the amazing blue water on the other.
While we played Brian and Mason painted part of the clinic and Brian gave 2 pairs of his personal socks to a man who walked 40 minutes to the clinic in nothing but flip flops (his only shoes). We all joined together for lunch, which was a delicious Haitian gumbo and rice. With full stomachs we prepared for our second day of Vacation Bible School for the older children from the town.
Again we broke them up for crafts and sports camp. Afterward we walked the kids to the bridge. We tried to talk with the children but we had difficulty understanding each of them given the language barrier. We took pictures and hugged as we said goodbye. The town kids seemed to have a great time with us. I know we all had a lot of fun with them.
It was time for dinner, which included black beans with corn, fried chicken, fried plaintains, a roll, and a surprise – chocolate brownie. This evening we had the staff Valentine Party. It was great to see all of the people who are responsible for helping to keep the mission running let loose and have some fun with each other. We played lively games of Bingo, unrolled saran wrap balls full of surprises and handed out gift bags. It was a fun evening, full of laughing, cheering, smiles, and jokes.
As I reflect on the day and the people of Haiti, I continue to be in awe of their passion for life and thankfulness of the simple things we take for granted. When you read a story to your children at night, it’s a special moment, a bond between parent and child. When you read a story to 30 children in pajamas inside a cafeteria with cement walls, cement floors, and an aluminum roof; it’s so much more than a special moment. It’s life changing.
To be a child that’s afraid of the dark is only natural. Our children only have to walk across the hallway to find mom and dad to help them fall back to sleep. The children here have no hallways, no mom and dad, and no one to help them fall back to sleep. The story we read meant so much to the children, but it has forever changed the lives of those who read to them.
–Tammy and Dustin
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