By Heather O.
A lesson I learned yesterday. I put on some Bert’s Bees lip balm to help with a fever blister I have, then got on a moto taxi (yes, it’s a motorcycle that carries two passengers behind the driver–don’t tell my mother) for 30 minutes on haitian roads, which is to say, mostly dirt or rubble pathways. my mouth and lips were full of grit when i got there. oops.
we went back to the fishing village, to follow up on the 4 gardens we built. to plant and to teach about compost. when we pulled up, the kids shouted, “SOLEIL SOLEIL SOLEIL!” and started dancing. As i got off the moto, they came running up to hug me. best haiti moment yet.
we then taught them about planting, and gridded out the gardens and put in the seeds. they were super into it, and it was great fun. we topped off the lesson with another swim in the ocean, and this time we had our suits. the kids joined us this time, and we spent a great half an hour splashing in the most beautiful water i have ever seen. warm, too. it was something else, especially when one of our volunteers climbed into a canoe with some fisherman. sometimes you just can’t pass up an opportunity like that. i mean, when ELSE would he have a chance to go fishing in a Haitian canoe?
we rounded off the day with a trip to the ‘morphanage’, the orphanage run by mormons. it is by far the most depressing of orphanages we go to, and i was disheartened to see the conditions the children are living in. their conditions have prompted the volunteers to build them a latrine (the children just go to the bathroom wherever outside, like dogs), a project we are starting today. i did get to check out their garden, though, and what I saw made me want to weep, but this time with joy. not much has survived from the original planting (which was done well before I got here), but the tomato and okra are thriving, and look healthy and beautiful. i have no doubt in a few months, they will have a good yield. not a small thing for kids who are now living on rice with some beans, and little else.
it was the first time that i could point to something and say “YES! We have made a difference!’
I told you I had hope for the gardens.
I’m bringing over more seeds today. so the kids can have some onions with their okra. And I’ll remember to leave my lip balm at home.
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