Sunday, March 21, 2010

Getting ready to head out to Miami. I am picking up Lou Hagler in Cape Girardeau and we are driving through to Miami. Our flight to Port au Prince is Tuesday morning at 8.30. We will meet up with Lucien at the airport. I've got some clothes for his wife and two girls as well as a tent for family members who are living in the streets.

Father Ronel is then taking Lou and me up to Thomassique where we will spend the week preparing and getting the solar energy and water filtration system installed. The next team coming down in April will finish the project.

I also have more items that you all donated to give out (soccer balls, coloring books and crayons, soap, toothbrushes and paste, etc.).

I'll update as I can from Thomassique.

People are starting to build a shanty town. Children carrying coal in Thomassique.

People are washing, bathing, drinking in a polluted stream in Hinche.
This woman draws water from a cistern that is full of algea. This water supply comes from the mountains and becomes polluted as it travels down to numerous villages.

Some of the damage in Port au Prince. The top left picture is a hospital, the second and third are private homes, the fourth a church and the last one to the left is a government building.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The school in Thomassique is in an unfinished building. Classrooms are separated by tarp hanging over a cable or rope as you can see in the above picture to the left.
These children are the fortunate ones, their parents can afford uniforms and shoes.
The conditions are basic as you can see. There are about 400 children learning in this school with 14 teachers. I was amazed at how well-behaved and how attentive they were. We arrived unannounced around lunch time when the younger children were being fed rice and beans.
If every shcool district in the metro Saint Louis area were to adopted just one school in Haiti, conceivably 10 schools like this would have a sponsor. It would be so simple and inexpensive. All they need is chalk, pencils, paper, pencil sharpeners, some maps and teaching aids for the walls and used books..... One small fundraiser a year would be enough to provide a school like this with the simple elements to make learning so much easier and better for these children....
It's so damn simple....

These are "classrooms" at a school in Thomassique. The children get a meal at lunch, rice and beans which is prepared and served to them at their benches.
Teachers make US$40 a month which as you can figure out is about a dollar a day....

Over one million people are living like this.... there are trenches and holes dug along the perimeter of these camps for people to use as latrines. The rains are coming soon and a host of other diseases are going to start to appear among the population. Just because CNN is not covering this anymore, does not mean that it has gone away.... try and remember that.