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Haiti 2010 #2, Day 4

October 27, 2010

October 15, 2010

Today the medical team have scheduled two hours for the clinic at the local church while the rest of us pack and load the trucks for the trip back to Port Au Prince.

Everything packed ready to load the truck

As we are waiting for the people to return from the medical clinic we see some coconuts way up in a tree and wonder how they get them down. The grandson of the DS then climbed up the palm tree and started throwing coconuts down for us to try.

About thirty feed up in a palm tree

One of the local people showed us how to open the coconut with a machete so we could drink the milk.

Opening the coconut

Once the shell was cut away they cut a hole in the end so we could drink the milk. Once the milk was gone they broke the shell open so we could eat the coconut meat.

Drinking the coconut Milk

It’s hard to believe how much better fresh coconut is than the ones we get in a store. We see the gate on the drive has rusted through and the rollers have fallen off so the gate will not close. We got out the generator/welder and lay the gate down and with some salvage metal welded it back together and put it back on the track. While doing that one of the local people come up with a motorcycle with a broken frame and asks if we could weld it. After welding that we still have not seen the medical team.

Fixing the Motorcycle

We start loading the luggage and equipment on the truck for the trip home and learn the medical team will not finish on schedule but have found a mother with a 8 day old baby that cannot breast feed due to an infection and has no money to buy formula. So we unload the truck to find some powered milk in the kitchen supplies and send the milk to the clinic. Once we are loaded we decide to join the medical team at the clinic so when they finish we can leave. We say thanks to the District Superintendent and his wife for their use of the house and head out.

District Superintendent, Jean Samerite and his Wife

We arrive at the clinic at one of the local Nazarene churches and find they still have a line of people waiting to see the staff.

Transportation to the Clinic

The line at the clinic

While the medical staff continues to see patients some of the team play soccer and frisbee with the local kids.

Meeting some of the local people

It is afternoon by the time the clinic is done and we finish loading and are off for the five and a half hour ride home. On the way back to Port Au Prince we pass through a reforestation project at the top of one of the mountains. There are hundreds of pine trees that will someday provide lumber for Haiti.

A Pine Forest at the top of the Mountain

On the way back we also pass by the largest lake in Haiti.

Étang Saumâtre is the largest lake of Haiti. It is also known as Lake Azuei. Its Taíno name was Yainagua.

The Étang Saumâtre, the brackish water (salt water) lake, is 22 kilometres (14 mi) east of Port Au Prince on the fertile Plaine du Cul-de-Sac. The lake supports over 100 species of waterfowl, flamingos and American crocodiles, one of the few lakes of its type in the world to harbour such fauna. The colour of the lake is an intense shade of blue and this picturesque lake is skirted by brush and cacti. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Lake Étang Saumâtre

On the trip back to Port Au Prince we stopped at a roadside stand and purchased bananas for everyone for lunch. We got back to the campus near dark and unloaded all of the luggage, had supper and went to bed. We have reached the end of our day.

Daniel 12:13 

13 “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”


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