Life in Haiti is unpredictable at best all we can predict is that tomorrow may be worse than today. The little girl in the picture is living in a refugee camp in Montrouis her future for now is better than it was the day after the quake. She has shelter, clothing, water and food. In Haiti it is said parents try not to get attached to their children till they reach the age of five, the years of greatest risk till adulthood. The statistics are stark in that in Haiti the average life span is 20 plus years shorter than the U.S. Yesterday certainly was a reminder of that, as we were called on in two separate situations to try and save 3 lives of young adult Haitians.
The first one was a young 20 year old who was rushed to us as a drowning accident. Six young men and their employer were out from Port Au Prince for a day at the beach. All were in the water having a good time when it was noticed that one of them could not be found. After a frantic rescue and getting the young man out of the water he was rushed to us where we tried unsuccessfully to revive him. As tragic as this was it was moving to see the real compassion in the faces of our visiting doctors as they had to tell the young mans friends that they had to stop life support for him.
Again last night about 8:30 as the team was gathered in our screened dining area playing Dominoes two young people were brought here from a serious motor scooter accident. The team rushed into action and by 2:00am had stabilized them enough for them to make it through the night. This morning as I write this they are making preparations to transport them to University Hospital in Port.
As an individual I came to serve and let God use me to make a difference. As an organization we came with the intent to bring Christian help to the people of Haiti. To make a difference in the lives of those around us. Everyday is a challenge sure some days bring sadness. Even in disappointments like yesterday it is rewarding to know that in what we do we at all times care and have love for those we are here helping. We and so many others like us offer the best and at times only hope for bringing a better future to Haiti. In God's love, steve