Hopefully not literally. In case you haven’t been following the news there’s been a huge cholera outbreak here in the past few days. It started about 40 miles north of us to about 30 min away.
I didn’t think I’d have any opportunities to use the internet, so the pre-set blogs will still come out at the end of our first and second weeks here. Thankfully I did get a chance to get on and I thought I’d let you know that so far we’re all ok.
Please pray for the people here and our team, this is the first major outbreak of disease Haiti has suffered since the earthquake and it has the potential to do a lot of damage.
We canceled our weekend plans of heading to the beach for obvious reasons and started setting up an emergency ward with 19 cots and around 10 beds.
It’s been really hot here too, one of the ladies suffered a bit of heat exhaustion and was out for most of the day. There are a lot of things to be careful of. We’ve spent most of our time painting the new buildings that make up Hope Village, the expanded campus for the orphanage. We even spent one day clear-cutting a field full of 3-foot tall grass with machetes.
This place is amazing though; the staff are awesome, the people are beautiful, and the kids are tons of fun. They have a school that has grown from 1200 students last year (a staggering number to begin with) to 2200 students this year. They all flock to Ezra, the Korean in our group and yell “Chinois!” as they try to touch him. He’s not Chinese, but they think he’s Jackie Chan.
I’ll post a more comprehensive entry or two when I get a chance, probably when I get home, and hopefully with photos. I just wanted to let you know we’re ok so far but Haiti needs prayer and hopefully this will be averted.