Pa kriye

Trip Start May 26, 2010
Trip End Jun 02, 2010

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Flag of Haiti  , Ouest,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today we left the children. On our way through the mountains headed to Carrefour I couldn't help but recap all of my amazing experiences that the week held.  I was laughing, crying, happy, sad and angry.  The scenery on the way is absolutely gorgeous.  Mountains beyond mountains and occasionally a glimpse of the sea.  The song on the radio keeps repeating "pa kriye" (don't cry in Creole) but I just couldn't stop. I missed the kids already and it's even harder not knowing when I'll be back.  I want so much for them.  So much more than I am able to give them.

We arrived in Carrefour and packaged beans, rice, and the rest of the food to be distributed.  It was wonderfully organized at first, but toward the end we ran out of black bags and got mobbed by a group of Haitians looking for food.  It was a bit frightening at first, and I felt horrible for all the people who didn't get food.  We are not sure as to how much food we gave out, but it was for sure over 70 bags which included rice, beans, oil, and pasta. After the people cleared out we got into the van and headed to Thomazeau. 

The orphanage in Thomazeau was amazing.  It's called the Children of Hope Orphanage and Hospice.  We were able to bring them 9 suitcases of supplies (clothing, diapers, shoes, blankets, sheets and a baby monitor) that was donated by people back home in Wisconsin.  Thank you to everyone who donated. 
When we arrived at the orphanage the children sang us a few songs and we started unloading.  We were rushed to finish and get out the door because HHHO wanted to go see Lovely.  My group also wanted to meet her so we went with.  Before we left her village it started to rain, so we had to rush back to our hotel in Delmas before the road to Thomazeau washed out. We did not even get to say good bye to the children.  We did however get the business card of Boby, the man who runs it.  We hope so send the 10 boxes of supplies sitting in my garage here.  Anyone have any information on how to ship things to Haiti, let me know.  I will need it. 

We got to our hotel after dark and have been repacking and relaxing since we got here.  I would not recommend this hotel to anyone other than as a last resort.  It's 200 a room.  The shower is cold, in our room the lights don't work and it's not very clean.  Also, the restaurant takes forever!  I don't know if it was any better before the earthquake, but after it's nothing special. Definitely not worth 200 a night, but oh well it's a safe place to stay for today. 

Tomorrow my flight leaves at 9:30.  pase bon nwit. 

Creole world/phrase for today: "pa kriye" (don't cry)
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