Day 7 - 2/24/12 - Young and Old
You know you have a different type of day ahead of you when you just stacked 150 pounds of rice and beans on your hotel table. Today was "Chicken Run" day which means two things: it is a bad day to be a chicken in Ounaminthe and people with no food are going to have enough food to eat for a week.
We had purchased the rice and beans the day before, but the chicken was still to come. Most Haitians purchase their chicken alive at the local market. Today we were going to stop and shop Haitian style.
Before taking off for the marketplace we decided to stop by Pastor Dan's house to check out his brand new boys orhanage on the outskirts of town. When we arrived we were happy to see that they had installed his new pump and after 5 months the orphanage finally had water. We also had the opportunity to see their kids while they were in school. As we walked into each classroom they would stand and say "bounjour". They were all so polite.
When driving away from the orphanage I noticed the system that many Haitian home owners seem to use for home security, broken glass bottles, turned upside down and cemented into the wall. Looks effective to me!
Then it was off to the Haitian Outdoor market which was relatively market quiet today. The marketplace is very different than you would imagine. There are hundreds of street vendors located in a square lot selling everything from pharmacy products to fresh cows feet. Trash is is burned in the same area as where products are purchased.
Once the chickens are purchased they are tied together by the feet and then placed on the bus for live delivery.
A "chicken run" consists of taking two chickens, a bag of beans, an bag of rice and a large 1/2 gallon of oil. Because there is no refrigeration in most Hatian homes, the chicken is plucked and killed the day it is delivered.
One of the families we delivered this to was that of Chris Jerry. He is a special needs child whose mom died two months after his birth due to an infection from her c-section. His dad, Pepito is an amazing father and takes a large amount of pride in how he watches over his son. They live in a small house with Pepito's Grandmother living next door.
After that, we visited a convalecent home in town, The Good Samaritan Home. This facility has several residents over 100 years old. The picture at the top of this blog post displays the oldest resident, she is 107 years old and she is sharp. We walked around talking to the residents when the director came up and shared that they only had enough food for about 2 days. This facility lost one of its staff members a few months ago and along with her went all of the support for the facility. Below is a picture of their food pantry.
With your FortybyForty donations we were able to provide them with $200 so that they would be able to purchase enough food for the next two weeks.
I was amazed at how well the staff (who works for $25/month) would take care of these residents. They all seemed happy and the facility was clean.
Next we left for the orphanage to say our goodbyes to the kids and staff. It has been an amazing week filled with opportunities to help a lot of people. Because of all of you I was able to take advantage of each of those opportunities and make it happen.
We leave for California tomorrow and as we arrive for the airport the malnourished boy from yesterday will be taking off on a rescue plane to get the help that he needs in Port-au-Prince. I will keep you updated on his status. I will also be posting all of the videos from the trip soon after I get home.
Thank you to all of the staff and missionaries at Danita's Children for being so gracious with all of your time and resources. Thank you for what you do to make this part of our world a better place. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you to our friends for praying and supporting our goals in Haiti. And lastly thank you to God for providing us with the perfect opportunities at the perfect time.