Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This week has been a productive and challenging week thus far. Members of the team have gradually been installing new water filters in PID families' homes, as well as checking in on those families who have had them for a few months already. The team has continued to stick it out in the heat as they worked construction, and others have been working in the medical clinic shadowing the medical coordinators and local staff. Yesterday some of us had the opportunity to share in moving moment of seeing the ultrasound of one of the Haitian staff members' unborn baby boy. The mother's joy was contagious! We all share with her in her excitement in this moment.
Monday the team presented the newest finished PID home to two families, one family on each side  of a duplex. Some of us went to the local market to buy some start-up groceries for the families, and others stayed back to give a final cleaning to the house. As they worked to sweep and mop the homes, one new home owner, a young man, was beaming as he said in English to one of the team members: "I love this house". A simple declaration that says it all.
This morning the UMass Amherst group as well as Gena pack up to head home after a full and challenging week. Mary will stay for another week, and the UConn team will stay for a few more days.
This afternoon, Mary's team, a team of 5 nurses, arrived. They will be working in the clinic for a week. We are happy to welcome them.

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