Haiti: We can’t wait to Haiti to see what it is like.
From the comfort of our living room, we have been watching and hearing about Haiti for the last ten years. Nothing but one disaster after another. Haiti is ranked the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Read more to see what Haiti looks like today.
We are now getting ready for our next trip. Haiti, Croix Des Bouquets, working out of the facilities of Living In Faith. We are very excited.
We connect with Russ Montgomery to coordinate out flight tickets, we are planning to fly out together as Russ is a pro at getting in and out of Haiti and wants to make sure we have a safe travel, that our supplies will get in and not get stuck at custom and of course watch over our security while we are on the ground in Haiti.
We invite Russ over for a home-cooked meal and work on plans for the upcoming trip
After a good night rest, we start day 2 bright and early as we still have quite a busy workload for day two. Breakfast at Miss Peggy consists of scrambled eggs and local tropical fruits. If we can finish all the cases for all the patients that show up today at the clinic, it would make us very happy.
The waiting room is full of people waiting for us as we arrive.
We arrive at Del Bajio International Airport at 9:30 PM. We breeze through custom without any issue. We meet Miss Dora from the Celaya Rotary club who has a big sign “KONDROT” with her. She can not believe we get through custom so fast. Last year, the doctor was held up at custom for three and a half hours with questions about permits to bring in all the supplies. I was prepared and printed out multiple copies of our invitation letters and permits and made sure we have everything in order in case we get help up.
The supplies from SEE arrive at our clinic. Four huge boxes first and I manage to transfer them all into 3 big suitcases. It is quite a challenge but I use all the tricks known from all the years of traveling to stuff them all neatly into the expandable bags while keeping a keen eye out for airlines’ the weight limit of 50 pounds per bag.
Special thanks to Gordon Dahl and Katena Surgical supplies for their generous donation of much needed surgical instruments!
I had a very pleasant surprise on my return from the Liberia Surgical Mission when I opened the package from Katena! These instruments are very expensive (over $500 each) and essential for doing efficient surgery. We will be more prepared for our next mission to Mexico April 13-15th!