A DAY IN HAITI

My Photo Journal - May 22 to May 25, 2010

Presented by Douglas Doebler

Tour with Scott Bonnell and Hope to Haiti

On December 6, 1492 Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on the pristine shores of the island of Hispanola. Lush with fruits and towering mahogany trees, Haiti became known as "La Perle des Antilles" or "the Pearl of the Caribbean". What was once France's richest colony today has become one of the world's poorest nations, hindered by dictatorships, depleted natural resources, major natural disasters and overwhelming spiritual darkness.


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We stopped at the Haiti Presidential Palace, in Port-Au-Prince Haiti,
so I could get some photos of the aftermath from
the devastating earthquake.

 

Haiti Presidential Palace - after the earthquake that took place in January, 2010

 

I took this photo in June 2009 (pre-earthquake), of the Haiti Presidential Palace, on my 3rd visit to Haiti.

 

Port Au Prince Haiti - After Quake - Many buildings still lay in rubble.

 

Port Au Prince Haiti - after Quake - May 2010 The rubble has been pushed out of the street but still lays in front of the destroyed buildings.

 

Port Au Prince Haiti - The National Cathedral - The Archbishop, Joseph Serge, was killed at the Cathedral during the quake.

 

Port Au Prince Haiti - The National Cathedral - Once grand symbol in Haiti.

 

Port Au Prince Haiti - Street Performers in front of the National Cathedral sang us a song about the Earthquake

 

We visited the Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp in Petionville Haiti - near Port Au Prince. This refuge camp is located on the site of a prior Golf and Country Club.

 

About 50,000 people have sought refuge at the Petionville Golf Club. The quake killed more than 200,000 people and reduced large swaths of Haiti to rubble.

 

The once lush fairways and rolling hills of the golf course have been transformed into a teeming tent city where residents have set up vegetable markets, pharmacies and other makeshift businesses.

 

Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp Petionville Haiti - refugee camp of over 50,000 are living here.

 

Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp Petionville Haiti.
The US Military has built access roads around the camp.

 

Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp Petionville Haiti.
The camp seemed pretty calm.

 

Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp Petionville Haiti.
Water distribution area.

 

Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization Camp Petionville Haiti.
There are 1000's of tents and tarps here.

 

We stopped at this Tent City on the outskirts of Port Au Prince on the main road and spoke to a couple friendly residents.

 

Tent City Sign

 

Our first night we "roughed it" at the Hotel Le Xaragua in Montrious Haiti. This area was not damaged by the Earthquake except for the major economic downturn felt all over Haiti since the quake. With some repairs and attention this could once again be a beautiful resort. I posted a video on youtube from this location.

 

Montrious is a Beachtown about an 2 hours Northwest from Port-Au-Prince. There use to be a Club Med on this beach.

 

The Hotel Le Xaragua in Montrious Haiti is somewhat "worn" but was a good respite for the day. Mostly aid workers and UN people seemed to be staying there. We were served great meals at breakfast and dinner. Ate my 1st serving of Goat here. The internet service worked well so we were able to call home on Skype and check our email and of course update our Facebook accounts.

 

Hotel Le Xaragua Montrious Haiti - A beautiful beach location. See a video I made from this location on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8usznSVokOA

 

Hotel Le Xaragua - Montrious Haiti

 

Hotel Le Xaragua - Montrious Haiti Beach

 

On our drive to our next stop I noticed this "Bank". We often saw these small Bank buildings during our trip.

 

On the Road to Bambou Laporte Haiti - A very rural Rice Farming Village.

 

Drying the Rice in Bambou Laporte Haiti

 

Church/School we visited in Bambou Laporte - supported by Hope To Haiti

 

Doug Doebler in the rural village of Bambou Laporte Haiti on the way into church. Back home in NY I had been stressed about what pants and shoes to pack to wear to church. Glad I stuck with the shorts and sandals - had to be in the 90's that day - hot!

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti Church Service - we were somewhat tardy for church - these kids had sat in the heat for 2+ hours waiting for us. They were glad when we finally arrived.

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti Church Service - Pastor Scott Bonnell director of Hope To Haiti (the group I traveled with to Haiti) and Pastor Willkins, Pastor of this Church in Haiti.

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Candy line after church - the kids loved the lollipops we brought along from the U.S.

 

Children from Bambou Laporte Haiti Village - these kids loved to have their photos taken and then shown them on the digital camera screen. I'm guessing some of them had never looked in a mirror and never seen their own face.

 

Children from Bambou Laporte Haiti Village - all want to be in the photos!

 

Children from Bambou Laporte Haiti Village - Picture - Picture - Please!

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Irrigation Canal and walking Bridge. Glad we didn't have to walk across that one.

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - This canal fed into the rice growing fields.

 

Drying Rice to be sold - Bambou Laporte Haiti

 

Carrying a bag of new rice - Bambou Laporte Haiti

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - typical mud huts in this village

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Robinson and his Baby. Robinson spoke some English - We had a great conversation. He was very happy and proud to speak to us in English.

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Our Team talking about a new potential Church building location.

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Stick and Mud Homes

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Stick and Mud Home

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti Home

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti Home

 

Bambou Laporte Haiti - Homes made of mud, wood or metal

 

Rough riding roads on our way to Gonaives Haiti - about 4 hours from Port-Au-Prince - Rough and Dusty roads most of the way.

 

On the way to Gonaives

 

Heberson Paradise Hotel - Gonaives Haiti - Our Hotel for the night - wouldn't quite call it Paradise but was okay.

 

Lunch at our Gonaives Hotel - Heberson Paradise Hotel - Gonaives Haiti

 

Ahhh... more Goat on the Menu (griot) - Heberson Paradise Hotel - Gonaives Haiti

 

Gonaives Haiti - dinner at Heberson Paradise Hotel - Red Snapper and Plantains - pretty good if you can get past the head on the plate.

 

Our 1st stop in Gonaives Haiti - The Hope To Haiti Water Tower Project. Our team checked out the structure.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Tower Project - There is a 400 gallon tank in the upper section of this tower. Water is delivered weekly by truck and sold to the locals from this storage tank. Profits are used to operate the school at the same location. The school kids have free access to all the fresh water they need. That's a big deal in Haiti.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Tower Project - Roadside "store front" view of water tower with local resident having just gotten a pail of water. I believe about $1.50 for a a 5 gallon jug of fresh water.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti School yard. Goal is to build a small school building on this site. Classrooms are the doors to the right - see next photo for example.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti School Room funded by the water sales - located at the water tower location.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - boys sleeping area to left and girls to the right.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - These kids are orphans from the Jan 2010 earthquake. Somehow ended up 4 hrs from Port-Au-Prince at this orphanage which opened in April 2010 by Hope to Haiti. 20 kids living there now. These kids go to the school in photos shown above where the water tower is located.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Boys bunks to the left.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Girls bunks to the right.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Bathroom and shower area.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Custom made bunk beds for this home.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
This is the Kitchen for this children's home.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
We weighed and measured each child.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti. We weighed, measured & photographed each child with their name and birthdate. Will keep this data updated on future visits. The kids were shy about this but had fun. We tickled some of them to get them to smile.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti. Doug Doebler presenting Frank McKinney book "Dead Fred" to Pastor Alfred Dufrane. What a great man! He and his wife and daughter take care of all these kids.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti. Doug Doebler Handing out toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - Handing out toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste. I had seen a video of the kids here playing jacks with small stones in April. Made sure to find a couple real sets of jacks in the U.S. to deliver to these kids - they loved them.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Handing out toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Stuffed animals are always a big hit.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
One of my favorite little girls at the children's home.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - Handing out toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste - my favorite photo from the trip. She kept dropping her lollipop and we kept giving her a new one.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Handing out toys - within seconds of getting a new nerf ball, a soccer game started.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Handing out toys - this is how to jump rope - kids all laughed at me.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti.
Lets play with these new toys!

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - stuffed animals, jump rope, tooth brush and toothpaste

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - lots of new toys for the children.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - what can I say... a future model in the making.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti. We showed her how to brush the dolly's teeth - she laughed at us.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti. As we weighed, measured & identified all the children, this little girl still has her toothpaste & toothbrush in her hand.

 

Kay Espwa - Hope House Children's Home in Gonaives, Haiti - Kids we visited - We distributed toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste. A great visit.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Tower Project - New Symra School is Adjacent

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Project and New Symra School - Scott Bonnell our Tour Guide and Director of Hope To Haiti.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Project & New Symra School to the left.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Project and School. The locals bring jugs to fill with fresh water they can purchase at this "water store".

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti New Symra School - like the other Gonaives Schools, this school is funded partially from water sales. These kids also have free access to all the water they can drink.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Project and School - School Benches

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti Water Project and New Symra School

 

Gonaives Haiti - Hope To Haiti New Symra School - Scott Bonnell in Background

 

Gonaives Haiti - Roadside Voodoo Temple - got close but not too close

 

Gonaives Haiti - Roadside Voodoo Temple on the way back to our hotel - we didn't go in!

 

Gonaives Haiti - Roadside Voodoo Temple Symbols

 

Frank McKinney Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - this is the roadway to hilltop homes - must have been difficult construction up there.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - Doug Doebler, Caring House Board member visits this new village.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - New Homes

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - New Homes

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - New Home

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - happy kids at their new home - always big smiles

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - Each group of homes have their own bathroom latrine building like this.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - New Homes

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - New colorful homes built by Frank McKinney's Caring House Project Foundation.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - new homes - lots of bright colors

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village Home

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village Homes Fruit Tree.
Each home got a couple fruit trees to plant.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village Home
There are 35 new homes in this Caring House Village.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Frank McKinney Caring House Project Foundation Village School - there are 9 classrooms from grades K-6th at this school that serve 270 children in this village.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village multi purpose building - seats 600 - used for village meetings, education programs, church service, medical clinics, etc.

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village Building - seats 600

 

Gonaives Haiti - Caring House Village School Classroom

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - homeowner interview - this young mother of 4 was left homeless after the 2008 hurricane that destroyed much of Gonaives Haiti. She is very happy to have this new home. See our interview on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcQBt2jgsc8

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - The homeowners belongings are safe and secure in their new home.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - The new homes have 2 rooms and shelter from outside.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - Typical new home with solid roof system provides shelter from the elements.

 

Caring House Village - Gonaives Haiti - homeowner, kids, Pastor & Doug Doebler

To View Youtube Video of the Caring House Home Owner Interview, Click Here

 

On the Road Back to Saint Marc Haiti - Lots of commerce going on here in the local market.

 

Saint Marc Haiti Market - Eggs for Sale

 

Saint Marc Haiti Market - my 2nd favorite fruit - Mango

 

Saint Marc Haiti Market - my favorite fruit - Watermelon

 

Saint Marc Haiti Market

 

Saint Marc Haiti Market - motor bike taxi - holds 4-5 people - the driver is wearing a Buffalo Bills jacket - probably to protect him from the dust & flying stones on the road. A motor bike is a very valuable asset in Haiti.

 

Saint Marc Haiti market - note Buffalo Bills jacket... I'm from Western NY and I'm a Bills fan. It was very cool to see him wearing this jacket.

 

Haiti - mud & clay cookies for consumption to keep away the hunger pains. We stopped at this location to check these out. The women sift clay dirt thru cheese cloth - come up with a wet silt and let them dry in the hot sun.

 

Beautiful Bright Red Flamboyant trees are seen around Haiti.

 

Saint Marc Haiti Port and Charcoal Market

 

We stopped at the Saint Marc Haiti Port - these kids were playing amid all the trash. I don't believe these kids go to school.

 

Saint Marc Haiti Port and Charcoal Market - Sea Salt for Sale

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Main School The Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center

 

Saint Marc Haiti - kids await a great lunch

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center - the kids are loving the attention

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Confraternite School - happy and hungry kids everywhere

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti School and Children's Feeding Center

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School - kids singing to us

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center - finally time for lunch - about 300+ kids fed this day

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center - The children are fed here daily.

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti School and Children's Feeding Center - items brought from Rochester, NY to the School include toys, crayons, pencils, pens, pads of paper, coloring books, tooth brushes, tooth paste and games.

 

Saint Marc Haiti - Hope To Haiti Confraternite School and Children's Feeding Center - I tried to explain to this boy that I was from New York and I liked his NY T-shirt.

 

One More Trip To Haiti Completed - This visit was somewhat different - seeing all the destruction in Port Au Prince from the January 2010 Earthquake. With outside help and financial support, hopefully Haiti can once again become the "Pearl of the Caribbean" as it once used to be.

 

BRIEF FACTS ABOUT HAITI:

  • Haiti is the oldest black republic in the world.
  • Population: approximately 8.3 million, almost entirely of African origin
  • Employment rate: 30%
  • Illiteracy rate: 48%
  • Religion: Catholic 85%, Voodoo 90%
  • Languages: French (official), Creole or Kreyol (most widely spoken)
  • Current government: Elected president
  • Haiti is the poorest and most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Average life expectancy is only 52 years

 

To view more photos, video and articles about our Aid Efforts in Haiti, please visit:

http://www.ADayInHaiti.com

http://www.CaringHouseProjectFoundation.com

http://www.HopeToHaiti.com

 

 

To View YouTube Video of Entire 2010 Haiti Trip
Click Here

 

As I recall from my 1st, 2nd & 3rd trips to Haiti,
“There Is Much Hope For Haiti”
I look forward to my next visit.

 

To see my Photo Journal from my 3rd Visit to Haiti 2009
Click Here

To see my Photo Journal from my 2nd Visit to Haiti 2008
Click Here

To see my Photo Journal from my 1st Visit to Haiti 2007
Click Here

 

If you would like to comment, ask questions or find out more about Haiti
Click Here to visit my Blog - A Day in Haiti

www.ADayinHaiti.com

 

For More Information on

The Caring House Project Foundation

Click here to visit Frank McKinney's CHPF Website

 

For More Information on

Hope to Haiti

Click here to visit Scott Bonnell's Hope to Haiti Website

 

Thank you for taking the time to view these photos & videos.

Feel free to contact me with comments or questions.

Douglas Doebler
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