|View of the bay of Port-Au-Prince from the top of the hill of Riviere Froide in Carrefour.|
|Riviere Foide, viewed from the hillside (above and below).|
People of the area wash and bathe in the river.
A number of different activities take place on these trips. There is a medical team that sees thousands of patients, and returns two times more each year between the January trips. They have saved lives, helped children overcome malnutrition and - through their repeated visits - been able to improve chronic conditions. There is also a food handout, and this year an evangelization component was added - more about those later. A big part of the trip, though, is the construction effort. This year we continued an effort that began last year: the building of latrines; a total of 150 were completed. The families did most of the work, excavating ahead of time pits about a square meter in area and going as deep as 20'-30'. Our teams then arrived in stages to first frame, then mix and pour the cement base, and finally to build a shelter on top.
|Two of the homes where latrines were constructed (above and below).|
|A colorful mural depicting a funeral painted on sheet metal |
along one of the streets in the neighborhood.
|My crew at work framing the base over the pit.|
|A latrine with the cement base already poured and set.|
|The carpentry crew adding the structure on top.|
|Br. Tansi, CFR and Br. Angelus, CFR, both of whom worked with caprntry teams -|
Br. Angelus at the base pre-constructing the walls, and Br. Tansi on site helping
to assemble them.
|Myself and Alan with some of the Haitian workers.|