West Tennessee Haiti Partnership


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 with the 60+ deaf students and teachers.  Apparently at one point today he was trying to tell several students to go to the pharmacy with their prescriptions. Where is that, they wanted to know.  Next to the Library he said. Except he used the sign which mean Library in the US but means Monday in Kreyol.  Much confusion. He proceeded to explain “the place with the books”. And ” the second door on the left” and other descriptive terms.  They didn’t get it. Finally in exasperation he told them “Find the WHITE PEOPLE!”  To which they instantly responded by running off, knowing exactly where that was. 
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