First Day in Haiti

Left Vancouver 3:30pm Sunday, arrived at Pierre Payen 6pm Monday.  All bags arrived including 160# of mission stuff, inverter, 2 grinders, electrical switches and relays and almost a full bag of children’s shoes for Barb Macleod’s school.  
Everything is way more organized and comfortable than when I was here a year ago.  The new dorms are done, Chris and Leslie have an air conditioned van with a real suspension system instead of a 2 ton truck built for carrying capacity rather than comfort.  I was in bed just after 8 pretty tired.
They get up early here as much more gets done in the relative cool of the morning.  Shortly after 6 we’re eating breakfast.  I am anxious to see Liz’s reaction to Haiti – and a little anxious. Many visitors come to Clean Water for Haiti and just cannot handle the poverty, lack of power and sanitation and most especially the roads.  Liz actually enjoyed the fact that Chris drove flat out all the time, appeared to be playing chicken with huge trucks on our side of the road (Potholes) and the marketplace that is Route Nationalle 1.
She also savored her niece Olivia, seen here with her adoring and very relaxed grandfather.
Olivia is one year old and on the point of walking.  We pretty well stayed around the house today, played with the baby and the dog, looked at the progress of the mission in installing new equipment and deliveries of filters, read and ate.  The missions new solar panels deserve a few words.  All those who worked on this deserve congratulations.  This was a complicated project for a group of amateurs.  Four 35Ft (?) concrete pillars hold an array of panels.  The wiring to convert the power to usable 110 volt ac, coordinate with the public power and generator and the battery bank is daunting.  It all works and is saving the mission $300/$400 per month.  The inverter I packed along is going to enable the mission to provide 220 volt power.
I have told many of you before how well situated Chris and Leslie are.  They are on the Caribbean, just 10 feet from their property line, have wonderful neighbors, sunsets to die for, grow nearly all their own fruit and don’t have to drive to work.

This is one of the views from their patio.

Hoping to visit the school tomorrow.

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

3 thoughts on “First Day in Haiti

  1. Jerry: Thanks for sharing your perspective! It’s always fun to hear from others (not that we don’t love Leslie). Have a great time there and soak it allllll in.

  2. Jerry,Wonderful to read your blog. I’m a Chris, Leslie and Miss O fan. Thanks for taking the time to give me another point of view. V

  3. Hi Jerry, You look really happy with Olivia. Aren’t Grandkids great? Your sunset photo is especially good when enlarged. You caught some colors and sparks of light that I don’t usually see in the CWH sunset photos. Please write entries when you can, a new perspective is fun. How was the school and Barb M.? Did Liz enjoy the school? We Grandparents all understand that Olivia time takes precedence over writing. Have fun, wear your solar hat with the fan.

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