Day 2

Haiti is amazing. The place is lovely amidst the destruction and chaos. If you’re able to be positive and look at all the good things there are around then it’s beautiful. My day started out by going to this lady’s house, well it’s a tent right now. This rebuilding site will be the new HQ for Kado, a business ran by the wife of David Darg, the brilliant man I’m staying with. The house is awful to be honest. The house is a tent and I was told that when it rains, all the water goes through the house making them all have to stand up and not sleep due to so much water. They’re rebuilding a house though at the moment for them so that all 7 of them can sleep and live in. Mind you that the tent is 5 times smaller than your average room in the states. 

After visiting this lady’s house I came home and while David had phone calls to make I worked on Outboast. After all this we went to play Baseball.

We worked for weeks to help these kids be able to play baseball and just now I’ve realized how important this is. This is the only escape from the world that they live in. They were and still have some remnants of the punks they once were. They now are very respectable and have great attitudes. I had so much fun with them, they had me smiling the entire time and now my name with them is Pablo. Why they call me pablo beats me. It’s probably because there are already 3 David’s on the field. I played a game of baseball with them and then we all started camera-whoring. They really love being in front of the camera. They might as well be movie stars. One kid kept taking all the pics and then soon I had a line of 10 kids wanting to shoot a picture with my DSLR. What amazes me the most is how much emotion can transcend amongst people even if you don’t speak the same language. They were all beautiful and at the end of the day we took all the kids home. They were hanging off the top, back, sides and hood of the car and we drove by the UN camp as the kids sang “Down with the UN” to a lovely Haitian Sunset.


Day 4-

I’ve been woken up essentially everyday by David Darg and I always questioned why I had to be woken up if I set my alarm really early. Well I realized why. I thought Haiti was two hours ahead of California when it’s really three so setting my alarm to 9:30 and snoozing until 10 means that I actually have been snoozing until 11.. Sorry David. 

Anyways, today my day started at a kids home that is both somewhat of a medical center and an orphanage. There are many kids with disabilities there and it was nice to see that they were actually receiving great care. The kids were all pretty happy until the menace that is Thor (The Darg’s dog) came along and actually snapped at some kids. He’s just a puppy so he would not have even been able to break the skin. They had fun running away from him though. David had brought a little red wagon and the kids all wanted to jump in for a ride. What struck me more than the joy the kids were experiencing was that a lot of the kids were waving goodbye to everybody. I don’t know why this made me get a little smirk on my face but the idea of them imagining that they’re really heading off to some other place on this wagon. The power of the imagination I suppose. Operation Blessing is growing Tilapia in fish farms behind the orphanage. It’s one of the test sites for this idea. I’ve never seen so many fish in my life. It was an amazing feat but what was even more amazing to me was when Thor fell into the water filled with hundreds of tilapias and I chuckled at the thought that Thor had more of a chance of getting eaten than the Tilapias did. 

I talked more to Son Son today as they were working on the Kado HQ and he was telling me about his school. They have french, spanish and english supposedly. He was teaching me a couple of things in creole and I was telling him the few words I knew as well as teach him a bit of Spanish since it’s my first language. He then asked me for my e-mail and phone number because I guess he has made friends with people from Minustah organization and they were from the Philippines and he has kept in contact with Them. Surprising me, he told me he knew how to speak Tagalog which immediately made me envy his ability to speak nearly 4 languages somewhat well.  Envy. A word I would’ve never thought I’d use to describe an emotion whilst in Haiti. ( I don’t mean envy in a bad way, more impressed but envy nonetheless) Goes to show that you can’t always believe what you hear. 

On my way back to the house I saw the “Normal” White people that come to Haiti. They were in this truck and they were in the back with a cage all around them. I literally mean a cage. It was as though they were on a Haitian safari and the people were the lions out to devour them. It sickened me that they were really that afraid of the Haitian people.

Once I got back to the OB compound, where I’m staying, I hung out with Joseph and Jacmel (Sorry if it’s spelled wrong buddy). Joseph had made a kite that day so all day we were trying to make it fly, we didn’t succeed all day but he told me that tomorrow the skies fill with kites. Because of the holiday you’ll see kites everywhere. Which is exciting because tomorrow we’ll be hosting a kite festival/competition tomorrow. Haiti looks so beautiful during sunset. It’s what I’ve fallen in love with in Haiti. Going up to the roof and watching the sunset. So, we simply continued talking on the roof. Just sitting and talking about a bunch of stuff. We eventually stumbled upon the topic of music and they were asking if I knew all these different artists so I asked them if they knew Coldplay they replied with no. Unlike in the states where they’d go and look something up after you mention a new artist they asked me to sing a song by them so I chose viva la vida. As I sat there singing and looking out at the Haitian sunset with high flying kites silhouetted against the setting sun I thought what a beautiful country and life this is. Truly Viva la Vida because we only live it once so Viva La Vida