I have now been in Haiti for over a month. All-Hands mandates that volunteers take a wee break every thirty days, a “mental health break”. I absolutely feel ready for this escape. Tomorrow I’ll head to Jacmel, Haiti’s artistic capital and the closest thing to a tourist destination. I’m looking forward to crashing at a hotel for a couple of days to catch a hot shower and do some reading, then venture out on the beach for a night of camping on the Caribbean. To boot, I’ll have in hand my freshly oiled old steel bicycle to cruise around Jacmel’s streets, beaches and forests.

While I say that I’m ready for a break, you may look back at my blog posts from the last month and say, “This guy looks to be having a good time!”. Well you are absolutely right. I’m having a hoot and learning oh so much. Learning about development organizations, learning how to build with minimal resources, and learning how to overcome tremendous differences in social and economic givings and misfortunes between Haitians and the rest of the world so that we can “git ‘er done”. But at the same time I will take advantage of this opportunity to step back and ask myself some questions. Do I want to pursue a career in development work? Are the structures we’re building being done in a manner sensitive to the needs, means and methods of Haitians? Are we really closing the gap, alleviating Haiti’s suffering as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere?

Enough chit chat. Here are a few pictures from the last week. I’ll be taking a few days away from the blogging. Until next time!

Tom Gato Horse at Sunrise

Who needs pump trucks?

A desperate post-earthquake plea on Leogane's hospital walls


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