March 19, 2007 Chato Haiti Today we visited a peasant organization that called themselves Konbit 2004. When we drove to the top of the hillside, there was already a large circle of people sitting beneath the semicircle of palm trees singing and clapping. A woman brought a thermos of coffee and basket of bread for us to eat. The coffee was so sweet I think I became a diabetic after one sip. We sat and listened to the members of the organization describe their group's history as we slurped coconut milk out of coconuts that had given to us. A man said, "We wanted to organize and work together in such a way that we could improve the living conditions of our group." It was very powerful to hear the men and women of the group speak about how their lives had changed after the microcredit and the cistern and reforestation project…We drove to see one of the cisterns and the tree seedling nursery and the man I was sitting next to in the back seat didn't know how to open a car door. This was a poignant reminder of how different our existences are on this earth. One woman summed up everyone's comments about the projects stating "It [the loan fund] helped us send our kids to school and feed them, the cistern allows us to have time because we no longer have to walk 2 hrs to get water." The group estimated that because of the micro-loan project around 100 more children were able to go to school.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Day Two of First Visit to Haiti
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