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My Trip to Haiti Part II

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by Curtis King

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Mothers and their children waiting to be attended to by the doctor.

When we got back to base, the second team had arrived along with tonnes of foodstuff for distribution. So after a brief rest we began preparing the items to distribute the next day. Somehow the word got out that there was a group of foreigners with food, and a large number of children and young adults gathered at the gate. However the instruction at this point was not to give anyone anything. Now this request in my mind seemed to be somewhat counterproductive and on some level cruel. But I soon found out why that advice should have been heeded. After giving one person a simple cookie from my personal stash the crowd grew, luckily it was not a violent mob, so they just stood by and watched us and some even offered to help.

Friday 22nd January 2010

Today the team which now comprises of about 75 persons including a Nigerian medical doctor, several nurses and volunteers had two main objectives. Part of the team had the responsibility for food distribution, and the other, medical services. (I’m sure you can guess which team I was a part of.) Then, it was on to another area called Clercine 8. Once again people were already gathered and waiting for medical assistance.

One lady in particular was unable to walk and had to be carried in on a white rubbermaid chair because she sustained injuries to both legs. When the doctor examined her, he realised that if she did not receive immediate treatment her legs would have to be amputated. God was really on our side here. The doctor was able to treat her and change the bandages. The medical team also trained her relatives on how to change the bandages and clean the wounds to avoid reinfection.

Another case that really took me to an emotional place was that of a four-year-old girl who was asleep for about three days, due to severe dehydration. Her mother brought her in motionless, but once again God showed himself strong and we were able to administer an oral hydration fluid as well as juice and cookies to the child. And before we knew it she was up and about, doing four-year-old stuff. That day we were able to provide medical assistance to at least 200 people, most of them had never received medical care.

We left Clercine 8 at about 6pm feeling a sense of fulfilment. It was great  and humbling knowing that we were part of a process that was much bigger than ourselves. The journey then took us to another town called St Marc, a coastal port town in Haiti, and then to Gonaives, a city to the north. There we stayed at GO-EASY, a guest house owned by the people responsible for Ebenezer Hospital and the future home for displaced persons. 

After being "blessed" enough with the chance to take a shower we settled down for the night to rest up for out long trip back home to Trinidad.

This was my first trip with the ITNAC team and I must say I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. It's great knowing that God can use us to make a difference. This experience will forever remain at the forefront of my mind. And I encourage you the reader to get involved, contact Is The Not A Cause (ITNAC) at 624-4162 and see how you can help. Every bit counts.

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