It’s 5:00 in the morning. Dozens of roosters just outside our shelter make their morning calls. One of our team members snores rhythmically in the background. I’m just lying here in bed waiting for another day to begin, wondering what today will bring. There is no electricity at the orphanage, as the solar panels are still waiting for the sun to rise – then, suddenly and without warning, the fans will begin to turn and the lights of the battery chargers and wireless router will go on. The day will begin. We will travel to the teaching hospital in Titaien, where a Doctor Maria awaits us. Dr. Mike spoke to her last night. When he told her of the supplies and equipment that we had and what she thought we we needed to bring, she asked us if we had blankets and mattresses for the hospital. Blankets and mattresses. I’m not tired (physically), but I’m mentally drained. I can’t stop thinking of all the things that I’ve seen, and the needs of these suffering people. I’m not sure where to begin. Like a patient in a manic state, I have racing thoughts and flight of ideas about what is needed and what we could do to address so many of those needs. There is so much that can be done, and with so little. Basic supplies and necessities are simply not getting to many of the people. It’s been more than 3 weeks since the earthquake hit, and the only evidence of US relief was a meal-pak that was dropped off yesterday, at a nearby field, by a US Air Force Osprey. Yesterday, we were at the clinic in Cabaret and Dr. Ancio asked if we had tents he said he had approx. 20 families who were without shelter.
I thought that maybe we could use some of the donated funds that we’ve received and by tents for these people. Perhaps we could send them in with the pilots that will be coming to get us on Sunday. I will try to get a hold of the pilots who brought us down here Brett and John Meares – and ask him if he could bring 20 tents (Coleman tents – small single unit tents).
Here I go… try to find a place where can give us a discount for the tents… any suggestions, anyone??
After 4 hours, we got the tents with Dick Sporting… Dr. White’s wife, Karin got the tents in SC and drove to the airplane that was going to get the team… all 20 tents were on the way to Haiti… great team work!!