Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 1 in Haiti

Hey everyone,
   WE MADE IT! We are safe and sound in Bois de Lance, Haiti! I'm so excited! We met all of our old friends and all of them remembered us by name! It's so great to know that we did make an impact last time and they remember us! When we landed in Cap Haitien, we were lucky enough to have some of our luggage there. We weren't expecting any of it to be on the plane, so having some of it there was awesome! We made the 20 minute drive to the Open Door Haiti (ODH) complex in Bois de Lance, and were greeted right away by lots of our old friends. The first person I saw had a Lighthouse Community Church shirt on that my dad had left here last time. It's so great to see them using the things we left behind! We got to take a tour of the complex next, including a visit to the site of the chicken coop. There is one coop already standing, that was donated by a church in Florida. Our chicken coop is already being built, but is only in the beginning stages (footings down, but not much more). I'm trying to attach a picture that has our group in front of the new chicken coop with the finished coop in the background. Hopefully you will be able to see it! Next we took a tour of the ODH Orphanage that we helped build last time. I CANNOT believe how much progress there has been. The orphanage is complete, with the exception of a few things like hanging cabinets and putting in counters in the kitchen/bathroom. There are 15 children currently living in the orphanage. We are the first visitors ever to visit, since the orphanage is so new, so the kids went crazy getting to see us "white folks." We giggled and played with the kids for quite a while, and ended up going back for a second visit later on tonight. We ate a delicious lunch and then spent a lot of time catching up with old friends, making new friends, and soaking up the culture. One thing that was extremely new to us all was watching a group of women butcher a cow. The women worked literally all day cleaning and using every bit of the cow in a pot of food that they were preparing for a celebration tomorrow. When I say EVERY bit, I mean EVERY bit. Just to give you some perspective, one of the steps of the process included boiling the hoofs of the cow to get the small piece of meat that can be found under the hard part of the hoof. Talk about being resourceful! Anyway, we had a fantastic supper and really enjoyed getting to chat with each other. We also had some team time to discuss the happenings of the day, which was really neat. It was interesting to get different perspectives of our experiences, from both the newbies and veterans of Haiti. What a trip it has been already! On behalf of the Haitian people, I want to thank everyone again for their support of our mission trip and of the chicken project. When talking to one Haitian men working on the new chicken house, he mentioned how this chicken house isn't just about having chickens for food. Having the opportunity to build the chicken coop has given him a job, which will prevent him from having to travel to the Dominican Republic for work. This means he can stay in Bois de Lance with his family and be the father that his children need him to be. I never would have thought of that perspective if he had not told us. You are not just changing people's nutrition and health through supporting this chicken project, you are also helping make a positive impact in the lives of the Haitian people and their families. And for that, I thank you immensely! Anyway, I really should be getting some sleep. I want to thank you all again for your support on this mission and for your continued prayers through this process. I am so blessed to be back in Haiti, and I am having and absolutely WONDERFUL time!  I'll try and get more posted tomorrow! Love to you all!

2 comments:

  1. Great post Paige. Keep the information coming. What an amazing opportunity for your group and all of the recipients in Haiti. God bless and good luck.

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  2. Thanks Tim! It's an amazing trip, and I'm having a BLAST! I wish you could see the school here... It's so different, but wonderful!

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