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Day 4

Today we got to sleep in an extra 30 minutes . . . good thing since some of us were feeling some soreness from moving concrete blocks for half the previous day.  After our breakfast, we rode in our van out to the site passing along both the urban and rural landscape of Haiti.  There is an energy and vitality each day along the roadside one can observe with the Haitians, though there is obvious hardship and poverty we see that is so foreign to us. 

We were able to work side by side with the Haitians once again, which is an honor to do.   After receiving a wonderful lunch of BBQ chicken, rice and beans, we had our first chance to participate in Vacation Bible School with the kids in the adjacent neighborhood.  This was a highlight for many of us as the Haitian children are totally adorable.  After a talk by Franklin (our Haitian brother in Christ) about the obedience of Abraham – and the importance of obeying God, we started some activities.  We did a puppet show, handed out some goodie bags with materials to make bracelets – which the kids made with a little help we provided, played soccer, threw water balloons and launched them from a launcher.  The kids totally loved that activity.  We were able to have limited verbal communication, but the body language of laughs and smiles and hugs transcends our verbal limitations – and there is a real connection beginning to form with the kids. 

Perhaps the most laughing of all was engaging in an international rap performance.  Peter Kockelman started it off, much to the delight of everyone.  Well, everyone except his son Chris, who gave his own rendition of a popular Enimem rap number.  A young Haitian did a Creole rap number . . . and then Kevin closed it out with a “face-in-the-camera” number that had everyone in hysterics.  Hopefully this will show up on video some day.

We left with the kids looking forward to having another fun day as we drove to a nearby transformational village to observe some permanent housing that had recently been built.  The homes were over 400 sf, with several sleeping rooms a kitchen and living space and have electrical and plumbing infrastructure installed.  These cost roughly $8,000 in US currency for each new home, a good bargain in Haitian dollars.  The homes use a passive cooling strategy which is very effective at using winds from the ocean to cool the homes.

After this, we drove back, showered off the grime, had dinner and a talk, some conversations were filmed by Dan (who had joined us for this day) about the teams experiences, and called it a day.  Oh yes, everyone is alive and doing just fine!