Thursday was a laborious day – brushing, fetching, painting, whatever needed done.
We helped with putting a new roof on the outside kitchen and painting, but I still had time to help feed the children and put them to bed. Now I’m getting hugs and bedtime kisses, and they love a wee song – they haven’t a baldies what I’m singing, but sure they have a wee smile on their faces and that’s the main thing.
There’s a wee blind boy of about ten, and he hates to wear clothes – he climbs walls and railings all day, and he has even climbed on top of the roof before, completely blind. I can just about manage pushing a wheelchair up to the bedrooms in this heat, but he just never stops. He craves a wee bit of affection; he will lean against me, putting his wee head on my chest and just put his arms around me, and, if I let him, he jumps up into my arms and will just be happy for my time. He would break your heart.
It was market day yesterday, and that was an experience – women walk around on bare feet; the roads are just filthy and full of rubbish and rubble; you can buy absolutely anything there, from a pig to fish to shampoo to clothes; and there is a pharmacy stall, where there is a laundry basket overflowing with open boxes of tablets, which I think is like a lucky dip. What a weird place.
These photos speak for themselves; hopefully you will see how mad this place is: great; funny; sad; hot; very, very smelly, but an amazing adventure. Even though the creepy crawlies are everywhere, the showers are freezing, the electricity is only on a few hours at night, and there is no such thing as a hurry, I wouldn’t swap this experience for anything.
I have met gorgeous people and, today, I helped at a woman’s community group, where we had a self-esteem class. Then, we made badges for each lady, and they were able to decorate them – just fantastic to watch, even though I hadn’t the foggiest notion what they were saying, but they had a ball and sure that’s the main thing.
Kitty Kearns and her husband Warren volunteered with Haven’s projects in Haiti for a few weeks in February 2016. Every few days, Kitty shared all that went on.