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Haiti Mission Trip Day #3

This morning we had a breakfast of fried eggs, toast with peanut butter and jelly, and papayas.  Then we went back to the site of the school.  The regular work crew was already there and had been working for a while.  We moved concrete bricks around the perimeter of the school so they would be ready to go when the cement layer got there.  They have a foundation, but are building it higher in case of floods.

 Some of us helped level the foundation within the school building.  Others used the sifter to make sand for the cement.  A few people helped mix and shovel cement.  We were there for about two hours.  It was hard work, but it stayed cloudly most of the morning so we were ok.

We rushed back to the compound for a fast lunch of double decker sandwiches, grilled ham and cheese with ketchup and mustard.  Then we were off again.  We had a long drive, and a tricky road to navigate.  We drove through the bottleneck of the city, where there used to be guards checking people into and out of Cap Haitien.  Now you can go and come as you please, but they have left the columns of the bottleneck.

 We got further and further from the city.  Instead of cramped houses and piles of trash, we started seeing fields and some animals.  Nzunga pulled us over at one point to see how many sweet potatoes we could buy for a dollar.  He talked with an old woman who had a pile of sweet potatoes and breadfruit.  For one dollar he got a pile of breadfruit big enough to feed the whole group.  We will eat it tomorrow.

 We drove up the mountain a bit, and stopped again next to a few stands to see some bread.  There are a some hot coal fires going, with giant circles of bread on top.  We got to see the men who were baking it flip the entire bread over, and then cut it into little pieces for us to eat.  We bought some also for tomorrow.

 We finally made it to Nzunga’s house at the University.  We walked around and saw the library, some classrooms, the chapel, and the amphitheater.  We heard some singing and assumed there was a massive choir.  We found the source of the singing, and it was only five college ladies, but with beautiful and booming voices.  They sang their celebratory song for us, and it was quite an amazing performance.

 There was some unrest in Port-au-Prince today.  The police are on strike.  Nzunga says when there is unrest in the capitol, it can spread quickly throughout the country.  He decided it would be safest if we rushed back to the compound on Cap Haitien.

 We came back and had a delicious dinner of goat, rice, potatoes, and vegetables.  For many of us, it was a first time trying goat.  Most people agreed it tasted like beef.  We had our nightly reflection, and we all started talking about what this experience is doing for us, what it means for us to be in Haiti, and what we want to do with this experience when we get home.

 Nzunga updated us about the situation in Port-au-Prince.  The police are not very well protected, and twenty or so have been killed.  Another police man was killed today, so the police are on strike, trying to demand that they get better protection.  Nzunga thinks it unlikely that the dissent will spread to Cap Haitien.