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Traffic, Haitian style!

*This was originally written several years ago, and for some reason never published. Better late, than never!

Traffic (travel) in Haiti is a mixture of anything you have EVER seen or experienced in the US, multiplied and amplified. Depending upon your point of view, an or how often you experience traffic in Haiti, it can be amusing, terrifying, comically, unbelievable, frustrating, confusing……..I think you get the picture.

There are basically 5 types of transportation in Haiti, feet, donkey, bicycle, moto and tap-tap.

Traffic rules…….now that’s where things get really interesting. Imagine your everyday commute or running errands with semi-controlled chaos.

* pedestrians NEVER have the right of way. Only exception is if your vehicle is completely stopped and someone walks in front of you.

* Who does have the right of way? Easy, the fastest moving and/or the biggest vehicle. Basically it seems like a big game of chicken most of the time.

* Which side of the road do You drive on? Again, this is an easy one. Both. Yes, both. Drivers are constantly weaving from one side to another, trying to follow the path with the least potholes. Often this includes crossing over into oncoming traffic, moving to along one shoulder or the other, driving down the center of the road (paved or not) and sometimes leaving the road completely to veer around some obstacle.

* Seat belts? What are those?

* Helmets for motorcycle riders? Sure, right, not required. If you see a helmet, its usually NOT on anyone’s head.

* Normal # of riders per motorcycle is 2. NOT. Did you know a moto can carry up to 6 people? I’ve seen it. Or, two grown men and 2 live baby goats. Mattresses, other types livestock or building supplies……if it can be balanced on two wheels, its acceptable.

* Maximum capacity of public transportation (motos) is not determined by number of seats. Only by how many bodies can be crammed into, loaded on top of or hang of the sides of Any vehicle.

*Rules for riding in the bed of a pick-up. If it had a bed, its packed full! That:s the rule!

*Normal lanes on the road….if you need one, create one.

It’s an adventure EVERYTIME you take to the road in Haiti. It’s never a short drive anywhere
And its not for the faint-of- heart!

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news from Cazale

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Baby update from Cazale

Junes is continuing to improve! I didn’t have time to post it yesterday, but he was up on his hands and knees trying to crawl as we were leaving.

3 picts to post for now:
Bath time in the IC tent (Gerlina was NOT happy it was her turn)

Gerlina later, after she recovered from the water torture and hanging out on the porch with me.

The IC tent yesterday when I went to say goodbye.

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news from Cazale

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We have enjoyed a leisurely lunch and some ice cream in the Miami airport. Only 4 hours to go before the flight to Nashville. What to do, what to do?

People watching for now? Why yes, I think so.

Not as good as the zoo or Walmart, but pretty close!

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No one was harmed in the taking of these photos.

news from Cazale

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Sad news

I’m sorry to report that sweet Benji died this afternoon. Even though its sad to know a little one never got to enjoy years of life, he is in Heaven now. He will never know hunger, poverty, injustice or despair. Benji will live forever surrounded by God’s glorious love for him.

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news from Cazale

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These cuties just arrived.  They are hand made by a local lady here in the village of Cazale. If you want one (or several) let me know by 10:00pm tonight. We are leaving early in the morning and packing tonight. ALL the money goes to the artisan and Real Hope For Haiti.

10in. doll $12
8 in. doll $6 (boy or girl)

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news from Cazale

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Baby update

Benji is still not doing well and is now on oxygen, IV and a feeding tube (He’s been on IV since I first told you about him.) We just went to see him and his little hands were cold.

Junes is doing remarkably better. He only cries when he’s hungry and yesterday he was playing with an empty pill bottle. It’s not clear if there is any permanent damage from the high fever.

Anilie’s baby is also on IV now.  I believe it was started on Saturday. The mom refuses to hold the baby, and still doesn’t acknowledge this is her baby. The sweet little thing doesn’t even have a name. We call her “little one”.

There was also a newborn admitted today. The daddy brought the baby to the clinic. It’s healthy, but the mother abandoned the baby and the daddy had no one to help care for an infant. (Sorry I don’t know if its a boy or girl.) RHFH tries to help keep families together. They will care for the child until its about 2 yrs old. At that time, the family is reunited. Most parents don’t want to give up their children, they just don’t see any other way for the baby to be taken care of. This way the family can come visit the child whenever they want, the child gets the care they need while an infant, and then gets to go back home with the family.

news from Cazale

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Tena’s here too!

I keep trying to get Tena to add something to the blog. So far, I’ve had no luck. Maybe if I post pictures I’ll be more persuasive!

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More prayers please

Benji was admitted Tuesday,  shortly after we arrived. His mom had brought him before in June, but would not leave him here for treatment. He is severely malnourished. His aunt brought him in on Tues hoping RHFH could still help.

He held his own until yesterday and tonight is under constant supervison.

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news from Cazale

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* Junes is better but still has a fever and he is still very sick, thank you for the prayers and please keep them going. I held him for a long time today and he would only stop crying for about a minute at at time.

*we brought 250 lbs of much needed supplies with us into Haiti. It filled 5 suitcases.

*we each had our personal gear stuffed into a back pack and carry-on

*American Airlines should be greatly ashamed of their baggage policy for Haiti (or for anyone traveling to do relief work)

*today I learned many Haitians are freaked out by frogs……Who knew?

*in the IC tent there are 8 babies struggling to survive, and less than a block away, there is an open air dance club in full swing most nights

*hide and seek works the same way, and is fun to play, no matter what country you are in

*we live in a broken world, but God’s love is always present, and meant to be shared, especially when its hard

news from Cazale
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