Travel still amazes me. One day I'm battling disease bearing mosquitos, or being dive bombed by Fred the bat or finding a giant-to-me spider on the bedroom wall in Haiti and the next I am trying to restore my hearing after two international flights which deposit me in the land of ice and snow. Leaving Haiti means letting go of what happens - giving the outcome completely over to staff and the universe. Not an easy feat for a control freak ( so I have been labeled by family and friends)
|Fred the bat in our Cap-Haitien car park|
|This unnamed exotic beauty filled the|
gallery corner in Sen Rafayel
Letting go can only happen when trust and confidence are present - trust in the decisions the staff will make and the confidence to let go, knowing that I cannot be in two places at one time and for the time being I have to be here. Spring in Canada means income tax return preparation. Also a time for wellness visits - dentist, MRI, Naturopath, Chiropractor, RMT. And most important, catching up with friends. It is a busy time but a different busy from Haiti - no truck, no animals, no kids, no staff - just the silence of this small apartment.
Before I left, Starthrower received and accepted a letter from a student in Sen Rafayel. We accept letters for the upcoming year in May but there are always emergencies and exceptions. We try to be sensitive to each situation. Rose-Michelle's father had died before Christmas and her mother was not well. We heard from another student that the school had put her out and she just cried all the time. The staff and I discussed the letter and the situation. As the letter contained the required information, I left the country and the decision as to what follow through would happen to the staff.
Auguste discussed the letter with Cap-Haitien coordinator Lusnot, then travelled to Sen Rafayel for a few days with our newest staff member, RN Gaby. Upon arrival Auguste met with Lakay Jasmine coordinator Edeline and together they decided to give the candidate an appointment. "Bouche" is the most effective communication tool in Haiti. Just tell one person and they will know one person and next morning Rose-Michelle appeared at the appointed time with her birth certificate, last report card and payment card.