It is hard to believe that our time in Haiti is almost over. It has been an amazing time with a wonderful team of people, plus our new friends from The Link Church in Medicine Hat. It was a day of trying to finish up some of the projects that had been started earlier in the week. Several from our team went to the market in Grand Goave. That is an experience every Haiti Arise visitor needs to experience! Definitely not like going to the local mall back home. Vernon, Brad, Brent and Norm completed some electrical work at the third house in the Children's Village. It is ready for counter tops and a sink in the kitchen, a little more electrical work mostly in the main connect, some wall patching, and completion of the bathroom. There are house parents and children waiting for their new home. Sarah and Kalen continued painting in the mechanic's shop, Mackenzie and Haley (with some help from Sarah) completed the painting of the windows and doors at the new school in the Children's Village. Bev cleaned up the storage room in the main house. After lunch most of the group went with Wade and Marilyn and Lisa Honorat to enjoy the beach. Several enjoyed a treat of lobster on the beach.
A highlight of the week for Norm and I was meeting our new sponsor girl. Last February I was able to meet Richecarline (Norm had met her on his first trip here). When we returned home we decided that we would sponsor her little sister Falonne. On Thursday, after Norm returned from his house building trip, we were able to meet with both of the girls. Richecarline, is very comfortable with us and comes looking for us whenever she is around. Falonne, who is only 5, wasn't quite so sure about these strange while people who were paying so much attention to her. The smile didn't come quickly but once she got the doll we had brought for her, she gave us a few. Richecarline told us that her mother has been in the hospital so her dad is caring for them. When it was time for the girls to go home we walked them home and were able to be in their house for a few minutes. There were only bare necessities in the room we were in, but it was very clean and well cared for.
Kalen was able to meet their family's sponsored boy, Luckson and deliver some gifts from their family.
It feels like our time here has gone quickly and yet it also feels like we have been here much longer than 9 days. We have worked hard but have also enjoyed evenings relaxing around the table playing games, eating popcorn, visiting with our friends or sitting outside enjoying the wonderful weather that we will soon have to leave behind. We definitely feel blessed to have been part of this team.
Norm & Bev Alexander