The long awaited mission trip for which we have all been preparing for months is finally a reality - and I can honestly say I was not prepared at all. Approaching the earthquake-ravaged island from the air-conditioned plane, Haiti could be mistaken for a beautiful destination getaway...at first glimpse from the air, that is.
|Tents are set up everywhere to provide shelter for Haitians.|
Before we even began our descent, masses of white and blue objects were visible, soon to take the form of ragged tents and crude shelters now called home for many of the Haitians. This is what we had seen on TV, what we had been assigned to help construct - what we had never truly understood the conditions of.
Let me begin at the beginning. Ashleigh came to the house a little after 8:00 last night, and we were ordered to bed; of course, we couldn't really fall asleep until hours later. After what seemed only 5 minutes of sleep, we were loading up the car and headed to meet the group at 3:30 am (and like all teenagers, we are bouncy morning people, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed in a heartbeat), ready for our early flight out of ATL. We received our Haiti Team shirts to wear, and in our layover in Miami we were able to meet other teams and speak to the members, all of whom were involved in great projects. The beach was lovely, and it seemed a vacation. Until we saw Haiti.
|Tents are squeezed in any available space|
|Garbage lines the roads|
HOWEVER, we have met some wonderful people and seen beautiful scenery - the beaches and the mountains make the landscape ever changing and keep things interesting. There are many different animals that are similar to our cattle and goats, but with a unique twist; I'm just hoping to catch one on camera! Meanwhile, we are going to push some pills, so I will leave it at that! Feel free to ask any questions. :)
Love from Haiti,