In the morning, despite mud in the street, our students started arriving with the staff at 8a.m. 'Kanaval' (madigra) had begun. This celebration gives students a week-long holiday, so we will be busy until next Wednesday. Auguste and I had a 'randevu' in Labadee with Mme Cindy, who had a day stop on a cruise. The usual 90 min. trip to the beach took almost 5 hours as carnival antics clogged the streets and will continue without rest.
Mme Cindy delivered a backpack of supplies for Talien, whom she had seen in an earlier blog, and a notebook computer donated by Lynn D., also response to a blog request. Daniel put them in touch with each other. Thank you, Lynn and everyone involved in the transfer of this gift. Jhennie will be very happy when she receives this at spring break. Let us know if you're passing through on a cruise or vacationing in the Turks and Caicos. There is potential here!
|Anpan ! Jack and Auguste start to unpack.|
Our weekly trek to Sen Rafayel took an unexpected turn. Only a few kilometers to go and a clamp on the rear axel gave way and the tire just drifted away from the truck. A vehicle 'anpan' on the side of a Haitian mountain is the very definition of 'stranded'. Our mechanical knowledge is limited. As Auguste had phone service, we called Boss mechanic Max and staffer Djohn in Sen Rafayel. After a lengthy wait in the midday heat, help and alternate transportation arrived. Jack stayed with the vehicle and Auguste and I headed for the office for prearranged interviews.
In order to accommodate everyone, we doubled up by grade and school to make up for our late arrival. As students had been through initial interviews in September, had papers checked, family histories taken, it was time to find out what had happened in their lives since September.
We are still making our way through letters received last summer. Everyone in this group was sitting in on classes, unable to write exams as fees unpaid. Staff members were on the go all day. Kesner and Djohn split the registrations, travelling with the students to pay fees, secure book lists and receipts. Fabiola had the day off so organized the interviews and saw to distribution of food sacks, funds for uniforms, and basic supplies.
|Philo students Wisline, Adelaine, Guerlande with staff |
Djohn, Fabiola and Auguste
(first year of high school)
|2eme (5th year of high school) students Wislet and Tchawens|
|Ginette - 3eme|
(4th year of high school)
|Edeline ices a severely swollen ankle. Ice is not available in Sen|
Rafayel.It travelled in our cooler. She will travel to Pignon for xrays.
|Jesumene - 9eme|
(3rd year of high school)
|Angelene - 8eme|
(second year of high school)
Before leaving there are always emergencies to be dealt with - this week hospital fees to pay for Evaldine, Illiomene and Fabiola. Last visit, Edeline arrived for her interview injured. This time she was in more pain. The most expedient response was a trip up the mountain to the hospital in Pignon. They have x-ray facilities so we arranged the consult. The round trip will take her 6 hours in an open vehicle over non-existent tracks.
More new faces
|Fredelyn - 9eme|
(3rd year of high school)
(First year of high school)
Tuesday we made a home visit, met cousin Paulette, then travelled to town to-gether and paid school fees for the rest of the year. While our working model is effective and efficient, finances limit our ability to say yes to everyone who knocks looking for soutyen. Those lucky ones you meet here are in the minority.
And in closing
Friday afternoon was blog post time. But a phone call from a friend of Micheline's changed that. Micheline (3rd year Medical Technology) was very ill and the hospital could not keep her. Auguste picked her up by taxi and brought her here. She has Typhoid, H-pylori, Filariasis and anemia. More sleepless nights. Add private duty nursing to our list.