Editor’s note: Dr Sue Trzynka and a dozen or so nurses from CBU’s (Christian Brothers University) graduate nursing program are in Haiti this week, to do wellness assessments on all the children at St Vincent’s. They also bring toys, toothbrushes, and other goodies from many American friends. Below is Sue’s log entry for her first day:
Haiti October 2013
Sunday – first full day. The church service was lovely with a special peace blessing; however, two and a half hours long. We visited the gift shop at Holy Trinity School where several students made purchases. From there we spent a hour with the ladies at the Foyer. Sister Margaret received the hygiene kids, lap blankets, and bath towels. She will also distribute them. They have stopped there building project due to lack of funds. They also need repairs to doors that have panels rotting away and plumbing issues. That said, they have made significant progress from a year ago.
All of the suitcases are unpacked, sorted, counted, and labeled for daily distribution of hygiene kits, coloring books and crayon, games, toys, and bags of food. The school supplies have been set aside to give to Pere Sadoni. All are excited to see St. Vincent and meet the children. We learned from Jean Robert after church today only permanent resident children will be at St. Vincent tomorrow. This may make it an extra challenge to get all kids completed by Thursday afternoon. We will sure give it a go. He tells me the orthopedic clinic has been moved to the new facility and the large physical therapy area is now a “secondary classroom”. Ah – sweet change is often the same as progress.
Sleeping was a challenge last night. There was a lot of partying outside the compound until about 4:00 – Boom, boom, boom and enough to rock you out of your bed; some after the sunrise services started and competed with the roosters and dogs. We should sleep well tonight. Given my foggy state, I began to wonder where the food came from since I could not locate a kitchen by dining area. I was thinking there must be Haitian Keebler elves!! These elves can cook too.
Students are settling in very nicely, mixing and mingling outside their usual groups and really doing well – lots of good laughter and a infectious smiles.
Wifi is extremly spotting and staying connected is a challenge. I will check only emails that I can impact from here unless the service improves.