It’s been a while since we last posted. Chris and I are now back in Haiti after a few months hiatus in Canada to welcome our baby boy Alex into the world. We’re all settling in well back at the mission and are so grateful to Bryan and Kelly and Barry for taking care of things while we were away.
Haiti is now well into the rainy season and for us that means challenges with doing filter deliveries and follow up. Today our truck went out with filters but couldn’t deliver a bunch of them because of muddy roads that couldn’t be passed, even with our 4×4 truck. The crew ended up bringing back half a load to install another day. Days like that are frustrating for everyone, but we try to remind ourselves that it’s seasonal and focus our attention on the areas that we can get to, then return to the difficult ones when things dry out a bit.
Fritzner and Molet had a bit of an adventure today, and if this wasn’t Haiti I probably wouldn’t believe it. We sent them on follow up out to the Ti Rivier area, which is really far. They take the two bigger motorcycles which can go almost anywhere. Once again the rain posed some problems but some creative entrepreneurs found a way to make it work for them. You see, normally the guys have to cross a small river/stream to get to this particular area. Usually they can just drive right through, but because of the rain the river is a lot higher now and that’s not possible.
So, what do you do when you can’t ride or drive across? You get someone to carry you. And your motorcycle.
I’m so not joking about this. Today Chris gave them extra money for the day for what we thought was going to be a boat far to get them and their motorcycles across the river. Nope. They paid guys to carry them, piggy back style across. And, four guys to carry each motorcycle. One of the things that inspires me about Haiti is how industrious people are. How many of us would be willing to let someone carry us across a river, let alone be the guy doing the carrying? Not many I’m sure.
And, how much did this whole thing cost? $7.50 US. How many people can commute for that in a day?