The second day of the Health eVillages trip to Haiti was a success! We spent the morning traveling around Port-Au-Prince and the surrounding areas, filming some beautiful shots of the city for our upcoming Health eVillages Haiti video! It’s incredible to see the difference between what we in the USA see on the news about Haiti and what this country is actually like. Although there is extreme poverty throughout, the Haitian people are resilient and continue to push towards prosperity. At this point it seems that it is up to the rest of the world to give aid responsibly, ensuring that anything given ends up in the proper hands. I am also reminded of a saying from our friends at the Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, it is important to give a “hand up, not a hand out”. The people of Haiti are ready to stand on their own two feet; they just need the proper boost to help them get there.
Tomorrow we travel to Zanmi Beni, an orphanage founded in Partnership with Partners In Health. Zanmi Beni helps children between the ages of 3-25 who were orphaned/abandoned or need special services. About half of the residents have considerable disabilities and it is wonderful that they have the support of Zanmi Beni. As a supporter of the orphanage, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK) has sent a small delegation down to spend time with the children. We at Health eVillages are a proud program of the RFK Center and look forward to lending a helping hand at the orphanage. We have also brought a Health eVillages iPad loaded with our medical content to be used during check-ups, as well as some fun French language learning apps that the children can enjoy. More to come!