Our second day in Haiti brought us to a small orphanage and the ministry, Jesus in Haiti. Though the two locations are maybe 40 miles apart, the trip (which included going through Port au Prince) took nearly two hours. The roads there are unlike anything I have ever experienced – like five or six times the insanity of New York City. Not only are there cars and an endless stream of motorcycles on the road, there is also a massive amount of people, carts and bicycles, all fighting for these narrow roadways. Needless to say our driver, Miguel, really knows his stuff!
At the top of the post is a photo of me with one of the orphan boys. Seems my goatee is an endless source of amusement for these kids. Though I am missing a few hairs from my beard, the joy of being around these kids is contagious. I can really see why people are so drawn to adopting after visiting places like this. Thankfully, over 50% of the kids in this orphanage, run by an amazingly energetic Canadian named Jasmine, are somewhere in the process of adoption.
Above is the newest ‘development’ in Haiti. All the structures you see lining this hill (about 10 miles north out of Port au Prince proper) were erected virtually overnight. Soon after the earthquake, thousands fled the rubble and settled in these arid hills. The natural scenery here is stunning, all the more punctuated by these makeshift dwellings that have become people’s homes.
Below are a collection of photos from our second day in Haiti. More coming tomorrow Lord willing!