It is always easier for me to write for my blog while I’m still in Haiti picking the cabrit from my teeth and reaching for just one more piece of breadfruit. But now I’m back in Key West and all I want to do is go to the beach. But I am committed to my work in Haiti, committed to the Haitian people and to the doctors and nurses I work with, I can’t imagine not doing it. Funny how it becomes clear again when I remind myself of my commitment.
We flew into Port au Prince Friday morning, 22 June, from Miami in time to meet our charter planes to Jacmel. We take as much luggage as the airlines will allow—there is no other way to get the supplies we need to the Hospital St. Joseph. We arrived in Ridoré at the Hotel AuBerge du Mont St Jean in time for a little relaxing and then dinner.
Haitian doctors and nurses joined us from different parts of Haiti ready to do whatever it takes—there is no complaining everyone knows what they’ll be doing. Saturday is a busy day for all and it can be confusing to the “newbies” because to them there is no order in how things are done, but they quickly adjust and everything works out just the way it is supposed to. The doctors and their teams begin cleaning and organizing their areas making sure they can accommodate all of the people they will be caring for on Monday morning and the rest is in Gods hands.
Doctors, Nurses, and volunteers you may capture images from this mission trip just credit me as the photographer if you use them in a presentation or publications.
A welcome sign from Codéva!
Doctors and Nurses and volunteers arrive to begin unpacking the suitcases and getting ready for Monday morning.
Volunteer students in the storage room
Sometimes you have to take a minute to figure out where to begin.
The new people get a tour led by Michael Beauford.
This is where eye-sight will be restored for many people.
Ultrasonographer sweeps the area where he will set up his equipment for ultrasound.
This office space will be perfect for the eye clinic.
Bins of donated eye glasses for the eye clinic.
The eye clinic is a busy place and they have to be ready.
The Periodontist prepares the small area which she will share with two dentists.
A student begins to unpack the suitcases.
Pharmacist and her students stock the shelves with medical supplies.
These student pharmacists will be ready.