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Karen’s Testimonial – March Team

100_0050Once again I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with People for Haiti. This was my fourth trip to Haiti within two years. Each trip creates more memories, laughs, tears, and friendships. I wish everyone could experience this amazing journey. It changes you as a person in indescribable ways.

As soon as we arrived we were overwhelmed by hugs and kids trying to help us with our luggage. They are the best welcoming committee any one could ask for. We made our way upstairs and found the newest addition to the orphanage, a tiny baby boy named Lukeson. His mother had passed away a few days earlier. The team settled in and proceeded back downstairs to play with all the kids.

Our first day of clinic was at the orphanage, which is usually our last day. We saw the largest number of patients on this day. Patients included a busted lip that required sutures, a brother and sister with horrible rashes on their faces, and a diabetic woman that required IV fluids.

The second day of clinic was in a local village. At first it seemed a little chaotic but just like every other clinic things fell into place and we were up and running in no time. There were tons of kids to play with and hold in our “waiting room”. It always amazes me how a group of people from all different walks of life can come together and flow so well in the interest of people they have never met.

For me the third day of clinic was the most memorable. We traveled to another orphanage about an hour away. It was home to 80 children four100_0137 years old and younger. This day of clinic was dedicated to these children and those of the community. Early on in the day I met a baby named Elijah. He was six months old and suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia and HIV. He had one of the biggest brightest smiles I had ever seen. Tears came pouring down my face as everyone started packing up and I realized I was going to have to let him go. I think about him every day and can’t wait to go back to see him.

We finished off our three days of clinic with an impromptu swim. Clothes and all we jumped in the cool salty water. After the swim we headed back to our orphanage for our farewell dinner. A special meal was prepared for the children and all the members of People for Haiti. After dinner we gathered the kids and watched a movie provided by Dr. F. The kids were very excited to watch and found an adult to cuddle up with.

Our final day we packed all our stuff in the van and gave as many hugs as we could before the van took off. I look in the rearview mirror planning my next trip to Haiti. I don’t think I could describe the way Haiti and its people touch my heart. My heart and soul will always be a part of People for Haiti.

Once again I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with People for Haiti. This was my fourth trip to Haiti within two years. Each trip creates more memories, laughs, tears, and friendships. I wish everyone could experience this amazing journey. It changes you as a person in indescribable ways. As soon as we arrived we were overwhelmed by hugs and kids trying to help us with our luggage.

They are the best Tammy marchwelcoming committee any one could ask for. We made our way upstairs and found the newest addition to the orphanage, a tiny baby boy named Lukeson. His mother had passed away a few days earlier. The team settled in and proceeded back downstairs to play with all the kids. Our first day of clinic was at the orphanage, which is usually our last day.

We saw the largest number of patients on this day. Patients included a busted lip that required sutures, a brother and sister with horrible rashes on their faces, and a diabetic woman that required IV fluids. The second day of clinic was in a local village. At first it seemed a little chaotic but just like every other clinic things fell into place and we were up and running in no time.

There were tons of kids to play with and hold in our “waiting room”. It always amazes me how a group of people from all different walks of life can come together and flow so well in the interest of people they have never met. For me the third day of clinic was the most memorable. We traveled to another orphanage about an hour away. It was home to 80 children four years old and younger.

This day of clinic was dedicated to these children and those of the community. Early on in the day I met a baby named Elijah. He was six months old and suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia and HIV. He had one of the biggest brightest smiles I had ever seen. Tears came pouring down my face as everyone started packing up and I realized I was going to have to let him go. I think about him every day and can’t wait to go back to see him.

We finished off our three days of clinic with an impromptu swim. Clothes and all we jumped in the cool salty water. After the swim we headed back to our orphanage for our farewell dinner. A special meal was prepared for the children and all the members of People for Haiti. After dinner we gathered the kids and watched a movie provided by Dr. F. The kids were very excited to watch and found an adult to cuddle up with.

Our final day we packed all our stuff in the van and gave as many hugs as we could before the van took off. I look in the rearview mirror planning my next trip to Haiti. I don’t think I could describe the way Haiti and its people touch my heart. My heart and soul will always be a part of People for Haiti.

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