We spent the morning finishing the painting of the transitional house, and moved some dirt and rocks around the foundation. Then we went on a walk through the local community around Kids Alive, where we visited a woman who was the mother of some of the Kids Alive children. She had grown up in a house that her father built out of sticks and mud, with a sheet metal roof. She told us that it had collapsed once in a hurricane, but they had rebuilt it. It was sad to see so many people living in poor conditions.
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Here are some new photos that came in from the team (click on thumbnails for full-sized images):
L to R below: Bill and Darren find a place to sit while waiting for their luggage on Sunday; some happy boys who love to pose; the red "Fireball" tap-tap that transports teams to and from the team house and the Kids Alive children's village.
Today we painted the transitional house, and moved dirt around the foundation. Our luggage still did not arrive, so we went back to the convenience store to buy more toothpaste and soap. We ate lunch with Robinson and his wife Tina today. Robinson is the director of Kids Alive. Also joining us for lunch was John, Mano, and Erin.
Here are some photos sent from the team that is currently serving in Haiti (click on the images for full-sized photos):
The team had our first day of work, and it was a tremendous effort. We painted the roof, helped prep for the concrete work, and then got the entire sidewalk poured and finished around the transitional house. We are thankful that everyone is still feeling well, and there were no injuries on the construction site. We are still missing our luggage, but our spirits are good and we have learned how to share clothes, and wash clothes in the sink and hang them to dry for the next day.
The flight from Miami to Cap Haitien went smoothly and quickly, and the mountain scenery as we approached the city was beautiful. We were warmly greeted by John from Kids Alive at the airport, and we quickly cleared through immigration and waited for our luggage. Unfortunately, for most of us the luggage did not arrive with our flight, so we will try to recover it tomorrow. Please pray that our luggage comes tomorrow, as all of the medicine brought by Joe and Missy did not arrive with us.
We have arrived in Miami and will board for Cap Haitien soon. Everything is moving smoothly and the team is excited to arrive, and to get to know each other better. Pictures and more to come soon.
Watch here for more details as the December 2015 Haiti team makes final preparations for a week of work in the Kids Alive Children's Village in Cap Haïtien, Haiti! This team includes Bill Bump, Darren Flory, Dan Flynn, Joe Gadzia, Jennifer Kelly, Wayne Kelly, Missy Matthews, Ken Schmidt, and Ken Wagner. The team appreciates your prayers as they prepare for their trip in these final few days before their departure. Please pray for safe travels, good health and safety, and a productive week of work.