Sunday, July 31, 2016

Yesterday I finally played a game of pickup street soccer! The guys that play are pretty good and I am definitely out of practice. The street we played on was small and the sidewalk and walls on either side were extra obstacles to get used to, but It's still the same sport I love. There are only 5 men on each side and the goals are smaller. The keepers aren't allowed to use their hands at least, making it a little more fair when trying to score in those tiny goals. I definitely look forward to playing more street soccer and maybe even scoring a goal.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

First try at public transportation

Yesterday was the first day I was able to make it to the school since Dan left. While in Haiti we are lucky enough to have a truck to use for getting to and from the school. However, the truck is currently broken down and we are waiting for a new starter to come in.

In the mean time, the only way to get to the school would be public transportation. Yesterday Mitch and I decided that we finally mastered enough of the lanugage to try the public option. The original plan was to get on a moto (motorcycle taxi), and take it to the bus depot. From the depot we could take a bus to the school. Things never do go as planned, and what ended up happing was our moto driver just kept driving, taking us tot Limonite, the nearest town. From Limonite we found another moto that took us to the CASB, arriving just in time for Mitch to teach his English class.

My purpose for going to the school was to check on the construction of a reservoir that was started before I arrived. Overseeing the finishing of the reservoir is my first task as project manager for the school. It is almost complete and will provide an excellent water source for irrigating the fields. 

The only downside to our adventures was that both Mitch and I lost our hats while riding on the Motorcycles. Hopefully the hats will find someone in need of a little shade from the sun. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

quick update

After a few days in Haiti, I can tell you one thing… it's hot. I've been told that in the winter it can get cold enough to where you want to turn off the fan, but I don't believe it. Eliza Brinkley, a YASCer finishing her year here, has been our wonderful guide to the city, showing us the stores and market as well as translating Créole for us. Dan Tootles, one of my bosses, is also here to help smooth the transition to life in Cap Haitian. On the 8th we visited the school, St. Barnabas Agricultural College, and met the faculty. The school itself needs a lot of work but the potential there is enormous. The staff was very excited to meet Mitch and me and I cannot wait to start working with them.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

As I head for Haiti and St. Barnabus today, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Please keep the prayers and best wishes coming.  Hopefully, I'll be able to play a part in helping revitalize the school.  I thank all of you for the trust and faith you have placed in me.