West Tennessee Haiti Partnership

Thoughts during Ride to the Airport

Never sit in the front seat of a vehicle in Haiti if you can help it Sit with your elbow on the suitcase next to you. It might cushion the blows from driving through potholes. Observe activities outside your car … Read More

Is That Your Suitcase (driving away)?

Guest house living has its ups and downs.  Meeting other teams who come to work in Haiti can provide unexpected benefits, like learning about other resources in Haiti, other organizations which grapple with similar problems.  It can also be annoying, … Read More

Will You Take this Painting?

With plans changing suddenly last Friday, as they often do in Haiti, several of us found ourselves with 4 extra days in Haiti.  I decided to contact Voyages Lumière (VL) and see if we could arrange an overnight trip to … Read More

Fried Everything

Dinner at the guest house last night, we had Fried sweet potatoes. Fried plantains. Fried chicken. Small bits of fried something which tasted like fried bread.  Rice.   For the brave souls among us we could top it all with … Read More

FIND THE WHITE PEOPLE

    Communication in Haiti is always a challenge, and leads to occasionally hilarious outcomes.  Gregory is our sign language interpreter for the week and has been running from doctor to doctor to intake desk to pharmacy to help us … Read More

WISDOM AND BEAUTY

It has been a week of laughs and tears as always.  Life has such a different perspective here. What’s precious, what is unnecessary, where do we find wisdom and beauty?   As I sit here on the patio at the … Read More

Clinic in the Outdoor Pavilion

Today we had a wonderful and successful day. We held clinic outdoors in an open air pavilion. Jean Robert managed to mount two fans on wooden posts, one for me and Dr Jim and one for John and his crew. … Read More

Dirty Underwear and Shared Toothpaste

Guest house living is one of the shared experiences our team has on our Haiti trips.  There is some screwy system with City Power and Generator Power that I’ve never been able to figure out.  It goes something like this: … Read More

The New St. Vincent’s!

Construction of the new Santo 17 facility finished early this summer, and since then St. Vincent’s has gradually been transferring operations from their former location downtown. The residents were relocated in July, and everyone is hard at work getting ready for the … Read More

This is My Party Shirt

The people of Haiti wear pieces of America on their bodies, visible to all. An American riding through the streets of Haiti can feel right at home with the recognizable slogans riding past on motorcycles, climbing into taptaps, selling mangoes … Read More