Cazale, Haiti: Day 2

5:45a Wake up when the batteries turned off and our fans stopped, making it too quiet. Decided to get up, read bible and make some oatmeal…

7:00a Head down to join in with pre-opening prayers with the clinic staff… but I forgot that they pray in Creole. Oh well, God can understand.

7:30a Clinic opens, and Lori showed us around. Karen stayed in with the wound care nurse, and I helped pull the files for all the cards gathered from the people waiting in line. Amanda unloaded the bags of supplies and sorted them for the clinic and the Rescue Center.

10:30a We went to the Rescue Center, hung out a few minutes, and came back with Ojean & Rose Marie.

11:00 Every Tuesday, the poorest-of-the-poor (as identified by local churches) are given food boxes with rice-soy protein packets, and other stuff that’s on hand. Today, we filled 80+ boxes with the packets, 6 soup mixes from Herballife (random!), 2 MRE-type packets, a World Vision bag with medical supplies, and 6 toothbrushes. While the clinic is going on at the house on the right, people come to the gate of the house on the left (where we sleep) with another little card that says they are approved to receive these boxes.
12:00 Eat lunch prepared by some household staff – Real Hope employs 80 Haitians for all different jobs from clinic staff, nurses, laundry people (washing 60 clothe diapers can’t be fun!), cleaning, nannies, etc. so I’m not sure who makes the lunch. But we ate sloppy joes, shells’n’cheese, and canned corn with Ojean & Rose Marie.
1:00 Lori took us on a walk to see the market, because Tuesday is market day. People just lay out sacks, and pour out their rice on the sack and sell portions. They do the same with shoes, clothes, fruit, etc. There is an area where they corral horses & cows with “registry cards” to show ownership & transfer of ownership. It is really smart. But very basic.
We walked past houses that were missing sections because the vibrations of the earthquake just turned the wall (made from rocks surrounded by mud/mortar) into dust & rocks.
We also saw where Real Hope has rented a piece of land where they do the Community Development groups. It has a large tent for the meetings, a house for storage, a house for the sewing group, a garden with starter trees to be transplanted, and trees to harvest fruit from. We also saw a whole field planted with starter trees to be sold for transplant. This whole walk to market was up the hillside behind the clinic compound. We had to jump over small ditches that divert river water to fields all over the town.
We rigged up a sling for Amanda, and she just carried Ojean all over. Karen and I shared Rose Marie.


2:00 Amanda and I went back to the Rescue Center, and Karen back to observe in the clinic. The main difficulty for Karen & nursing is that without the language she is just observing. So she soon joined us in the Rescue Center. We just snuggled and played with the kids. They were more energetic, and Amanda did bubbles (all while keeping Ojean in the sling) and that was a big hit. We started to see more personality and figure out each kids – and we took a little Creole cheat sheet so we could ask their names, and yes-no questions with gestures


5:00 We came back for dinner at our “suite”. We brought an older boy (5-7 yrs?) named Jeowel who is very sweet, Rose Marie, and Ojean. Our dinner was link sausage, canned green beans & red potatoes. Then Jess surprised me by having made a cake – her favorite, Yellow cake with Chocolate icing – which happens to be my favorite, too! (Sidenote on Jess: She is really sweet. She is from Wisconsin, but goes to school in Minneapolis. In 3 months here, she already speaks SO MUCH Creole.She has one little girl she keeps with her at all times, like a little sister. I’m so glad she is here!) We took Jeowel back to the Rescue Center. But we kept Ojean & Rose Marie to sleep in our room (we have a pack-n-play). I’m hoping all the human one-on-one with Amanda will save Ojean’s life because he is really sick, probably with some brain-related issue (considering the tremors on the left side). We are also praying for him daily.

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