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A Visit to Haiti

Back in 2010 just a couple of weeks after the devastating earthquake I was visiting NPFS (Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs) for the first time. As you might imagine this visit left a strong impression and I was glad to get another opportunity to visit that country that was forgotten by the world for too long and that moved to the spotlight after the tragedy in January 2010.
We hit the road in the Dominican Republic at 1 o’clock in the night. A little bus (“guagua”) packed with a group of awesomely jolly Canadians (all of them about 70 years old) and my buddy Janvier, a cheerful guy that grow up in the orphanage in Haiti, as the driver. A bumpy 10 hour ride with some “moments” at the border. But we made it, passed by those tent cities on the way and finally reached the St. Damien pediatric hospital in Tabarre, which is some 5 or 6 km outside of the capital. Compared to the time I was there in 2010 things have improved so much! There are new programs such as the “Father Wasson Angels of Light”, St-Louis which is the a new orphanage, the St-Anne babies house, and Kay Germaine – the physiotherapy and educational center. I did not have many opportunities to visit the “outside” (which isn’t recommended anyway if you’re not with someone who knows the bosses in the districts) but I feel I’ve seen so much. Not just all the different program but rather a spirit among the people. Let’s called it charity or love … which makes it sound cheesy. But it is definitely there, in this place that is so terrible and forgotten and where is seems that there’s no hope for a better life for the vast majority of the people.
I got to know great people, listened to so many languages (English, German, French, Creole, Italian, Spanish) and am still impressed by the pictures in my mind. Godspeed Haiti, hope to see you next time!
Please find more information about NPFS Haiti on the website. Of course there is a big need. Your help is appreciated!

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