Monday, July 21, 2014

One day of work left

Today the team continued to work on the house. A few stayed back to continue helping with stocking the shelves, shadowing in the clinic and bagging vitamins. Mrs Parvulus shared her political story of Haiti . We had cake to celebrate a team members 50 birthday. 
This night I was grateful for these young men and women who gave up their time 
To work in Haiti. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1/2 day and then off to sightsee

The team all worked up the mountain today. Sonia , the woman, who's house they are building came for a visit in Blanchard. She was so excited. 

The team went downtown and to the national museum . They finished with dinner at Epidor . 

Today we went to church in Archai and then spent the rest of the day at the beach. Many in the group went snorkeling. 
Returned home to a nice dinner of lasagna and spinach. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Heat continues


Today three ladies stayed back and spent the day cleaning the pharmacy depot and bagging meds and vitamins. The clinic saw quite a few people, a lot of the kids had fevers. 

The team returned a little early because the heat and dust was so intense. 

They went to a Haitian movie tonight at a tiny "theatre" down one block. 

I am checking in early tonight as we had many meetings today. More tomorrow from team members. 

Hot, sunny and more hot

The team went to work
This morning at Canaan. It was very hot. Tom had to stay back and help with the bagging of vitamins because he hurt his foot and couldn't do construction, tonight he shared that although he didn't get to
Do anything spectacular today it made him realize that each job was important. 

Most of the rest of the team did a great job even in the heat . It was a great first day.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Team Arrives in Guatemala

The team from Hamilton Congregational arrived this evening after a long day of travelling. They had a delicious dinner followed by a quick orientation meeting. Then it was off to bed!

Tomorrow they will split into three groups to do construction, VBS and painting.

Team in Haiti arrives

The team from Maine arrived in Haiti . They have been traveling since 1:30AM. 
Tomorrow they will travel to Canaan to start a foundation for house number 13 in that area. Today we counted up all the houses we built since 2001, added on to or fixed up after the earthquake and we had 121! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Instagram

PID Guatemala is now on Instagram! Follow us to stay up to date, see pictures of cute kids, and learn more about our programs here in Concepcion Ixtacapa.

Also if you are on instagram and post about PID, you can use the hastags: #partnersindevelopment #pidguatemala #pidconstruction

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rainy afternoons and beading with kids

The team has done two full days in the village. Dr. Liam and his son are working hard seeing patients all day long. He is even using acupuncture with some people. They are a little hesitant at first, but afterwards are impressed by the results.

The construction crew continues work on the house in Desierto. They are now transporting cement blocks to the house. It is a loooooong path from where the materials get dropped off to the construction site - they counted 300 steps!!

The afternoons are somewhat rainy so we have been doing crafts with the kids (see pictures below). Eliara is working hard putting sealants on the teeth of children and getting sponsored kids in to see the dentist. Rachel is leaving today after a month of interning. We will miss her friendly attitude and enthusiasm. She has helped out a lot with the after school program and english classes. She was also doing fecal samples and looking for parasites.

Gene and his daughter Rebecca are having a good time catching up with old friends (well Rebecca is meeting them) as well as interviewing staff to see how the PID programs are running.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A new group has arrived

The new team arrived safely last night after a few delays. One more will be arriving at noon today after getting stuck in Mexico city.

We have a doctor and a few other medical people. Also some will be continuing on the construction site.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Update from Haiti

It's been a few busy weeks in Haiti. Beth came and helped out with administration as we prepare for the transition as I will be leaving in August and Sandra stepping in in September.

Last week. Steve and Camilla from St. Joe's University came to work with the ladies doing the gem cutting and train 3 new gem cutters, as well as teach a new cut. At the end of the week, the 3 newly trained gentlemen received certificates. They produced great pieces throughout the week and are eager to produce more.

Today, the McMurry team from Texas arrived, accompanied by my mom, Linda, and Marlis, who will be running a children's program for the week. The McMurry group will be working out the house out in Canaan as well as helping out in the clinic. We look forward to a great week together!