|Ready to go--at the Sacramento Airport|
|Early morning at Miami Airport|
|We're going to Port au Prince!|
|Made it! At PAP Airport|
|We've got all our stuff and all our people, just waiting for the truck to pick us up!|
When Bill and Susette arrived to pick us up in the cage truck we were all excited that it was really happening!
Right away as we drove through the major city, the poverty was apparent. We drove by huge tent cities that have been around since the earthquake a year and a half ago. To me it looked like little had been done since then. There were many collapsing buildings, rubble and lots of trash in the streets. But our pastor, who had been there right after the earthquake happened, said things looked much better than he remembered.
|Ann, Pam, Erick, Jim and Chuck inside the cage truck|
|A view of one of the tent cities from the truck|
When we arrived at the guest house (which was just finished and looked beautiful) the armed guard had to open the gate and let us in. It was a reminder that we were in a dangerous place and needed to be careful.
|Armed guard-There was a guard at each building|
After we got all of our bags unloaded and into the house, we had our team orientation meeting. Then we got to tour the programs/buildings of Child Hope. Child Hope has a girls home, a boys home, a primary school, a medical clinic and a transition house as well as the guest house. We got to visit each place and meet some of the kids for the first time. We spent a good amount of time playing with the little boys at the boys home. I got to meet Wilson, Ti-You, Schneider, Fan-Fan and Lukenson—we played Frisbee.
|A house right next door to the girls home that collapsed during the earthquake|
|Anderson with some of his artwork.|
|Schneider-he is a great soccer player!|
|I got to play frisbee with Wilson and Fan-Fan|
|Lukenson played with us too|
|Emmanuel-love his smile!|
|Some of the boys playing drip, drip, drench (a variation of duck, duck, goose)|
|I got to read with Adnaika at the girls home|
Around 6 o’clock it was time to head back to the guest house for dinner. One of our rules was not to be out after dark, and it gets dark about 6:30. We had a delicious meal prepared for us by our wonderful cooks, Venice and Janette, followed by a debrief meeting and early bed time. We were all very tired and looking forward to our week in Port au Prince.