We had our first official Haiti team meeting on Sunday. Our church is sending several teams this summer and we all met together to talk about the details. We now know more about what we’ll be doing.
As it turns out, we will not be serving in Port-au-Prince. We will actually be sent to a smaller city called Petite Goave. If you click on the above map to enlarge it, you can see it just slightly southwest of Port-au-Prince. We were told it is 35 miles from the capital, as the crow flies, but it will be a 2.5 hour drive (due to road conditions). So we will be in a smaller city, where there are approximately 120,000 people in the area. We will be helping a church there that had about 25 members who lost their homes. We’ll be working alongside Pastor Joseph and his family. Now that we’ve seen a picture of them and a few pictures of the area it is becoming more real and I’m excited to get down there and help some.
We’ll be doing mostly manual labor. We get to help make the concrete blocks and then stack them to build houses that will be 10×16, 2 windows, a door, and a tin roof. No electricity, no running water. Currently most of these people are living under sheets strung across wires and it’s rainy season. They need shelter. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a couple houses built during our week. Every little bit helps.
We’ll have 9 of us on the trip – 4 of us are women and we’ve already joked that we need to do some weight lifting before we go to build up some muscles.
The other development is that we will actually be staying in a Haitian hotel now. We thought we’d be in tents. I can’t say that I’m not a little disappointed. I kind of wanted the tent experience. I actually feel a little bit weird about going down there, where so many people are living under sheets and tarps, and them putting us up in a hotel. It just doesn’t really seem fair or something.
So anyway, those are the newest developments. We now start meeting every Sunday between now and when we leave. This coming Sunday there will be a man that grew up in Haiti, who’s parents were in the earthquake (and they got them out of the country and brought them here) who goes to our church, that will be there to talk to us about the culture, the language, etc. I am really looking forward to that.
We’re still facing fundraising pressures and we also need a lot of prayers for preparation. If anyone feels led to want to donate to the trip, please let me know. Thank you!