Hello From Haiti!
Hello from Haiti!
Rob Carr and I have been working hard on a permaculture reforestry project, and connecting with locals. Just the other day our friend, Santhonax, drove us on his motoconcho (motorcycle) to meet his family and then to the orphanage where we played with the children and spoke in depth with the facilitators. On Saturday I will be facilitating a sewing workshop for the kids, teaching them how to make wish dolls out of colorful fabric that I found at the border market on Monday (quite the experience). Yesterday during work I shoveled "terra rouge" (red earth/clay) into bags with a team of others.
The truck ride was suspension-less. And, be circumstances as they were, the clutch gave out on our second trip. We spent the rest of the hour hitting the battery's contact points with rocks (I stood aside) then pushing the truck in neutral past running speed to start it. It worked the first time, but not the second, when we were out in the field... until a bus drove by, stopped, a Spanish-speaking mechanic hopped out to have a look, and finally the bus gave the truck a kick-start by pushing it from behind. Well worth it.
The days are hot, the sun is bright, the people are awesome, and the food is good. I look forward to the days ahead.