|Tuesday Feb 16
Today we spent the day with the members of FNJD (Federation National de la Jeunesse pour le Development) running a mobile clinic in a tent camp in the town of Gressier, just outside of Port au Prince. It is a camp inside a walled school yard, with approximately 2500 people living in tents. Oxfam has provided a giant bladder with potable water,which is nearly empty, and many green tarps for people to construct their shelter. Their is a strong sense of community that has developed there.
We were met afterwards by Fred Cheron, my friend from Duchity who is helping the coffee project, and we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant in Petionville, where life goes on as if nothing has happened. We met another medical team that is working at the University of Miami hospital established at the airport and heard stories of children with amputations and head wounds on respirators and 2 nurses for 20+ patients. In that setting the acuity is grave. But in the camps, where people are somehow living, life has found some “normality” to it. It is quite remarkable what people can go through, what they can put up with, and their tremendous resilience to go on.
Tomorrow we will travel to Duchity and learn how people in the countryside are helping the recovery.