Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Late in the week we returned to Port-au-Prince which was much hotter. Although our living conditions were far less primitive (we had a shower and not a bucket bath), it was uncomfortably stuffy and hot. The city is still a disaster and we were not allowed to walk around very freely because of fear of gangs that prey on visitors. We visited a number of the charities that are working hard to help there. One was the orphanage I showed above and one was an ob/gyn clinic. Just about all pregnancies in Haiti are considered high risk. The American couple that run that clinic have been there for 22 years. I really admire their willingness to serve by living in such uncomfortable conditions.
All the work of all the charity groups in Haiti seem to be like a drop in the ocean compared to all the misery in that country. Yet the Haitians are a proud and generally cheerful people. You should hear the singing! We were privileged to hear the people of Duchity singing in evening worship services and it is singing that is full of joy and life. I come home humbled by those who have dedicated their lives to helping the poor and with a new appreciation for how I have been blessed here in America. I wish everyone could make a trip like I did, especially our young people who take for granted so very much.
Well, it's been back in the garden this week for me. The weeds have grown huge since I left and the harvest is coming in. When I get me some winter squash I'm going to make some Haitian soup to remember my trip by!