Haiti Medical Response Team - ORR
Haiti Ouest Cité Numéro Deux
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What do you do when you lose your home, when you lose your children, when you lose your husband, when you lose your wife, when your bed sheets become your home, when the children’s soccer field becomes a community of tent dwellers, when you lose your arm, or your leg, or both, when your friend is no longer near you when you need him? What do you do when a tent used for a weekend camping trip becomes your home? What do you do?“ These are the reflections of a new friend, Emory Wilson, a resident missionary in Haiti, who’s been loving the Haitian people, where they live, for several years.
As you know, I recently went to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with the Omaha Rapid Response group on their second rotation of a Medical Response Team, for 10 days in the center of the disaster area. I wanted to write and reflect on the many things we have seen and experienced in Haiti during the one-month anniversary of the quake, but it only took a moment to realize that this would be an extremely long letter – too long. So much happened and so many unforgettable images were imbedded in our minds…. So many things
were seen and experienced, that words to describe it all might not come for weeks after our return.
Believing the adage that, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ and stirs a hundred memories, the best way to even ‘begin’ to tell about what we've seen and experienced, is to do just that …tell it with pictures. This collection of photographs is a very small collection of the thousands made by our team members. You're invited to view this photo album - web page to SEE the thousands of words that it would take to tell you about Haiti. Pass this email / link - on to anyone else who might be interested. Go to:
These pictures and videos are divided into groups describing our team’s arrival and set-up in base camp at the Philippine Mission compound where we stayed in Port-au-Prince(PaP); Photos of the devastating effects of the earthquake, which occurred just before sundown, at 16:53 local time on Tuesday, 12 January 2010; Pictures depicting the street-clinics that we conducted; and the now famous University of Miami - airport hospital; A morning spent at a Haitian hospital in Gonaives where quake victims were sent to relieve the strain on the system in PaP; A well organized food distribution to hundreds of quake victims; And finally, feeding the children at a neighborhood called Jubilee in the city of Gonaives – 3 hours north of PaP.
Thank you, to so many people for your financial, morale support and encouragement, and of course, your prayer support for our trip. The rainy season will be starting soon... please continue to support and pray for the displaced people of Haiti, without adequate shelter, food and water. Their recovery will take many years, hopefully to a whole new standard of living.