Today we held a clinic in Chardonier a remote village close to the southern tip of Haiti. We passed through beautiful green rice fields on our way to the coast which was stunningly beautiful and nothing like most of the photos you see of Haiti in the media. (we will post photos from today asap) The roads are good, the ocean and sky blue, the town colorful and clean.
In fact there wasn’t even too much evidence of the recent cyclone except standing water and a few downed trees until two hours out of Le Cayes we came to a river that had been diverted from under the bridge to beside it. That slowed us down a bit but eventually after calling for another car and and shuffling things around we got everyone to the building where we held the clinic. There are no doctors or dentist this far into the countryside the last visiting medical team was 3 years ago, and no one remembered ever having dentists there. Even with all the visiting aid groups in Haiti right now, seeing foreigners drive by is an unusual sight.
We were able to see about 170 people medically and 90 people for dental despite our late start. We left a bit late and the 6 hour drive back to Port au Prince took its toll after a day of driving and and clinic. I am so proud of and grateful for all the amazing people who work together to create these clinics, working hard and giving everything they have each day. I can’t believe tomorrow will be our last clinic. Unfortunately the cyclone did mess up most of our plans for the trip, but our Haitian staff has managed to create new opportunities and communities for us to serve. We won’t be able to visit Masson or Cavaillon school because of road conditions but we will be visiting our new school in Kenscoff and having our first clinic there. We will let you know how that goes tomorrow I am sure it will be great!
Meanwhile here is something that the youngest member of our team wrote this morning about the trip
Yesterday some of the group ventured out to take a tour of the General Hospital in Port au Prince, which is used as a teaching hospital. We were walking along and then all of the sudden we were on the hospital without even knowing it. I think maybe everyone was too busy looking at the sights and sounds all around us, to even notice we were there. Once we were through the gates, we could see that General Hospital had many buildings. Some that were damaged in the earth quake, and have been replaced by tents and small shed like buildings. The Emergency ward is what we toured first. Many people were being seen and it was relatively crowded. It was very eye opening to see how the people were being treated for their various illnesses. Everyone from tiny babies to the elderly were lumped together in the room so as to be treated. After our enlightening trip to Emergency, we toured around the hospital grounds looking at some of the damaged buildings and their replacements. People were standing in the streets just waiting for their loved ones to come out. Everywhere there were children, calling out to you, coming to hold your hand and give you a hug and a kiss. Seeing all those children hooked up to IV’s and the people that were still waiting for medical attention hit me the most. I will definitely be coming back to Haiti!!!!