Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Slumberland Team - Delivering Water to Cité Soleil / Part 1

The two main reasons I came to Haiti were to serve and gain perspective.  Our first full day hit home on all accounts.  Our Healing Haiti team did a wonderful job of collaborating, getting out and making a positive impact, & touch those who were struggling.

At the end of a hard day, I find myself feeling great about being able to witness so many wonderful Haitian's here.  So many happy, loving, children, so many appreciative mothers--, all helping and doing the best that they can with what they have.

I was however overwhelmed by a number of powerful troubles glaring & obvious here.  The garbage and waste issue is enormous.  I was completely blown away.  It litters nearly every road and alley, and is heaping, as well as burning constantly.  My initial hope (as I continue my week here) is to understand more about why this has grown to such a terrible level and what steps can be done to make a difference or at least understand more about possible change.

Secondly, the housing and infrastructure in the areas we toured was absolutely awful.  Tiny block or tin shacks, dirty, dirty conditions and equally overpowering.  Impossible in words.  Having delivered water to many of them, I felt so much sadness in my heart for what they have to endure, but glimmers of hope at every turn too.

This was a powerful emotional day for me, and I think it was the perfect way to start our week off, to be better prepared to start to help!

Brian Brisky

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