I got to spend most of the day in the work yard painting our logo on a new filter to go up by the road. We used to have two up there and it was so easy to give directions. “Go about 5 minutes past Montrouis and look for the two filters on the left side of the road, then turn down our driveway.” When they did the road construction a couple years ago they knocked down our filters. One of them is still there, just lying on it’s side, which is kind of funny. I guess it being filled with concrete makes it not so easy to move. And, I think people like sitting on it when they wait for tap taps. This past summer Bryan had the guys put another filter at the top of the driveway, but it wasn’t cemented in so it would get moved around. The best part was that a few months ago someone came along and spray painted a stencil on the side that said, “Adieu TiRoRo”. So our directions became something like, “Drive past Montrouis. About five minutes down the road you’ll go down a slight hill. A little bit further there will be a small store on your right called Daniel Business. Across the road you’ll see a filter with “Adieu TiRoRo” painted on it. Turn there.” It was all good until two weeks ago when we came back from St. Marc one day and the filter was gone. Don’t ask me where it went. It was there when we left an hour earlier, and not there when we came back.
I’m sure you can imagine how the directions went after that…
Drive past Montrouis. About 5 minutes down the road you’ll go down a small hill. Not long after that there will be a small store on the right called Daniel Business. Right after that you’ll see a break in the guard rail. That’s our driveway. Turn down there. If you get lost just ask for “Dlo Pwop Pou Ayiti”.
So today I painted a filter and tomorrow it’s going to get cemented back at the top of the driveway in pre-road construction fashion.
I like spending time in the work yard because I get to hear all sorts of things and see the guys just being themselves. Today as I painted Fan Fan and Preval were given the task of going up our big Mango Fransik tree to get mangos. Halfway through, while they were already goofing around, Fan Fan informed Preval that they should speak French. The next hour consisted of Fan Fan speaking only French and Preval speaking only Creole. Just overhearing them was enough to make everyone in the work yard break out in fits of giggles. Especially when Preval would say things like, “I’m diaspora now,” or “I’m going to France.” Haitians have a funny sense of humor. Funny in the sense that we foreigners don’t always understand the joke. I’ve learned that it’s much more entertaining most times to just watch them being entertained. Creole is a language where words sort of dance. You have to know the little plays on words and phraseology to get things like san sousi or w’ap kraze’m. I like the moments where I can be more on the inner circle, part of the joke. It was fun to hear the ramblings and laughter.
Another high point of the day was meeting Charlotte, a high school senior from North Carolina who chose to do her senior project on Clean Water for Haiti. One thing that is really special to us is the support we get from school aged people, whether it’s elementary or college. Often we get contacted about projects or fundraisers that they want to do because they were studying Haiti and found us and think the filters are great. We love being able to share about what we do. Today was even more fun because rather than just writing emails and stuff like that we got to tour Charlotte around the work yard and show her first hand.