University College Cork (UCC) student, Sophie O’Sullivan, recently completed her three-month placement with our team in Haiti. Now back in Ireland, she tells us of her last few weeks on the ground and reflects on her experience. From all of us in Haven, thanks to Sophie for all the incredible work and enthusiasm she brought to her role!
So my time has come to an end in Haiti; little did I know three months ago just how fast there the time would go. I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of people over my short time there.
I spent my last few weeks mainly on Île a Vache working in the Chache Lavi office, and assessing the progress of houses involved in the post-hurricane housing upgrade programme. Haven doesn’t carry out the labour with regards to this programme, but it does provide people on the island with necessary materials depending on what it is that they need.
I was also been lucky enough to visit a number of families who are in the outreach programme; this involved checking on their progress and also informing them of their next appointment. At times, this was difficult, as I saw young children who may never be able to walk due to the lack of resources that there is with regards to healthcare in the country.
I’m now back in Ireland and reflecting on my internship. Spending three months away from my family and friends resulted in a little bit of reverse culture shock. I’m now getting back in to the swing of things with college, and writing my final report on my placement.
I am so happy that I got to spend my placement in Haiti and meet some of the most amazing people – not just from Haiti but from all around the world also. I can’t believe how fast these last few months went. I would just like to thank everyone in Haven for their constant support and helping to make my time in the country so enjoyable.