Fresh water. I never thought of it as a privilege. I always thought it was something that we all just had. Doesn’t everyone have access to fresh water? It’s easy to get, right? Let’s just say that we passed over a river today that makes the Mississippi look clean. It’s a reality that hit me today. Not everyone can get clean water.
I really feel like everyday we have been here there are ten stories to try and share. I wish I could document everything. Not only being in another country but everything that goes on! I will attempt to give a summary below.
Started off the day by saying goodbye to Josh and Emily. They will be volunteering their time by taking over the state side work of Haitian Creations. Josh and I had a great discussion about what requirements are needed in buying an inventory control software which is much needed.
In the afternoon, we traveled to the site where they are building a school. There is a group from Pittsburgh this week who put up the ceilings, painted, and other work. What progress!
Afterward, we went over to the site where Heartline has built a community of five houses. Today they are drilling a well for the five houses and surrounding community! Drilling was commencing while we were present. The community surrounded the area with excitement. Before this they would have to walk very long distances in order to have fresh water.
As an aside, we had this amazing fruit called Kenèp. It is a summer fruit, called Mamonsillo fruit (Melicoccus bijugatus) in English. The fruit comes in small berries the size of a golf ball, with a peel that is easily broken. Inside, a sweet, sticky fruit wraps around a hard pit. The fruit doesn’t offer much juice, but is more of a candy snack like the ubiquitous kan (sugar cane).
Here are some other random photos from the day 🙂