"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Friday, May 21, 2010

"To look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand." -Edward Everett Hale

Great day today!  I was able to visit one of our camps outside Port au Prince and before leaving was asked to bring a little boy and his mom to one of the hospitals in Port au Prince.  He's had an open wound and the infection is getting worse.  They're not able to provide the surgical care needed in the province, hence the trip to PauP.  He is really sweet and was very scared about leaving his home but after a few tears he must have decided to be brave.  I was able to by-pass the long hours of waiting for admission and had him admitted and into a bed fairly quickly.  Hopefully he'll be okay soon and can get back home. 

I'm always amazing at how peaceful it is in the countryside here.  The camp there is a world away from those in Port au Prince.  I had a meeting in the back of a tap tap (photo is here) - the guy I met with said it was his office while the driver was home and it was sitting in the camp.  It was very funny but really was probably 10 degrees cooler than sitting on the ground outside.  Speaking of being cooler, Peanut (the dog that owns the house we're living in) finally found a cool spot for a nap the other day after it rained.....

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