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Postcards From Haiti: Week 1, Day 2

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As you heard from HFI co-founder Lynn Shapira here on Town Square Delaware, a contingent of Delawareans is currently in Haiti on their second tour to aid the Hatian people. TSD will be publishing updates from the team periodically throughout their journey. You can support the HFI effort by donating online at http://www.haitifamilyinitiative.org.

Week 1, Day 2

The sun refused to relent. The morning of the second day was just as Haitian hot as the day before as 17 sweaty HFI team members climbed off their bus and into camp for the second day.

Fewer patients waited in the morning, mainly those who weren’t able to be seen a the end of the first day. They sat, shaded from the sun under a slender tree surrounded by benches in the yard of the Salvation Army. Children congregated around the leaders from the previous day.

Kim continued to display great skill in starting the day with some dancing and singing. James, a translator, shared his enthusiasm, rallying the kids together for the day’s activities.

It was a slower day inside of the medical clinic. Brian and Jean, working triage with a local practitioner, didn’t seem to mind.

Stew spoke about the range of patients. ”Some of them, it’s just kind of silly. ’I have a headache, my eyes bother me,’ when you quiz them on their fluid intake, they’re simply dehydrated. It’s a hot, dusty country. You have to drink. Other times, it’s much more serious.” He had treated a young boy early in the day with a major abscess on his right elbow.

The camp went smoothly. Small road bumps in crowd control from the day before were remedied by shifting the focus. Rather than dividing based on age range, the groups were divided boy-girl. The boys, often rowdy, gave in to the lines and marched on down to the beach to play soccer and whiffleball while the girls sang and danced before taking a break on the beach as well.

“Lunch went so much more smoothly today” Mya and Lizzie agreed. Ben, Gabe, Charlie, helped them distribute the food while Kira, Dan and Kim maintained the lines feeding into the eating room.

At the end of the day, the the kids played soccer with some of the medical team.

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