Mary Ann Vicini: Today we traveled up the mountain and put tarps on 25 huts. It was so interesting to see how the families greeted our initial visit with a little bit of apprehension with their children watching us from afar. By the time our kids placed tarps over the roofs of their huts, the small children were being very brave and following us everywhere. Our kids were like the pied piper, a beautiful sight to see. Everyone is enjoying their stay and appreciating the many blessings that we have been given. Love and miss all of you back home,
Paul Terranova: What a wonderful experience we have had getting to know the Haitians. They are wonderful people so appreciative of the simplest things in life. There is nothing like walking out the door of the rectory to a crowd of young kids calling out my name. They have the brightest smiles as they grab my hand and escort me to my destination. This whole experience reminds me of what I already know…..we are very blessed.
Elizabeth Tietema: Today has been so fun so far! We went up the mountains and put tarps on people’s houses. My favorite part of the day was seeing three little children at a house we had put a tarp on. They were all super skinny and were just sitting there. There was a baby who was crying. One of the interpreters named Will, who is a policeman and firefighter, bent down and picked up the little baby to try to get him to stop crying. The baby immediately stopped crying and just looked at him. He then put the baby down and pulled out a granola bar and gave it to the three children to share. This touched my heart seeing that a macho man like Will was able to open his heart to these little children. Later in the day we went to the school to sort out all of the bags that we are going to give away to the kids tomorrow. I am so excited to be able to interact with all of the kids of Seguin. I am so excited to see everyone soon. Love you!
Terese O’Rourke: Today was one of the best days. It was exhausting, but rewarding. We first went outside and played with the kids, then went out to tarp houses. My group didn’t tarp a lot of houses, but we talked to a lot of the people, with help of the translators. The people were so nice and thankful, and it broke my heart how they have nothing, but the simplest things bring them joy. Some of the little kids held our hands and walked with us from house to house. Having a conversation with them was hard, past their name and age. After we took some pictures and finished tarping, we drove back into town. The kids were adorable when you waved and smiled at them, because their faces lit up. I wish I knew more of their language, because I want to have a conversation with them. In the afternoon, we sorted the gift packs for the children at the school. It was amazing to see how much people donated. It was weird to think that the kids don’t always have art class, but I’m sure when they do, they love it. Today was eventful and tiring, but amazing all at the same time. Haiti has changed me in so many ways, and I have learned so much already. Can’t wait to see everyone!
Leah Vicini: Well the sun here is really strong. I look like a lobster on my neck. Thanks mom. We walked for a very long time and tarped a lot of houses. Sam and I had some pretty good jokes going today, but Anna did not find them as funny because she has the chigs. Our dance party is being postponed. Tune in for next time. Love you.
Lauren Pangle: There is no sense of time in Haiti. On a regular school day waking up at 7 is miserable, but here I don’t think I could sleep past that time. We don’t have a set time to head out to work or when we should come in at night after playing with kids. Putting up the tarps was an interesting experience. We got to look in the houses, aka straw huts, and see where they lived. It was hard to imagine ever having to live in one of them. As we went from home to home we had a trail of followers. Kids and parents, too. On the drive Junior, our driver/ interpreter, successfully taught me to speak a few Creole words. Pita=later, chivale=horse, booeek(not sure on spelling)= donkey, bef=cow, mashe=market, dema=tomorrow, kod=rope and many more that I am no longer able to remember. I hope to pick up more of the culture before I have to leave!
Mary Hanks: What a day! As you have read we went out and put tarps on the houses. There were many highlights to our day. One being meeting the people and giving their homes dryness from the rain. Another highlight of the day was all of us taking our pictures with a fighting rooster. He won 2 fights so far! The owner gets to take the losing rooster home (dinner). * It is interesting when we drive through the countryside how there seems to be nobody living in the houses but yet when we stopped there were so many people coming to us to ask for a tarp. Some of their houses were surrounded with vegetation of bananas and other plants. Looking at it from afar, you would never know there were houses there. * Tomorrow we will meet the school children and give them gifts put together by the students from Holy Spirit School.