Cocks Crowing, Chicken Coops, and Charity Cases

What a full day – it began with roosters crowing at 4am – so I got out of bed about 5.30am and sat on the porch taking in the morning.

At 7.30, the four of us – along with 2 students from Regent and 1 student from Judson – met for a time of sharing and prayer…

Then we drove to a newly opened hardware store – yes, an actual hardware store like Home Depot just a bit smaller – and bought material for various projects Corrigan and Shelley asked us to do. John and Bob are spearheading the Chicken Coop Construction, and Curtis and I built a frame for the Clays' boxsprings so that they don't get damaged when the rain comes across the floor of their bedroom. We also bought supplies to build guards on the railings so that kids don't crawl through the gaps and fall.

(The photos are of trying to put all the building materials on the roof, Corrigan and his four kids, and talking at dinner tonight.)

While we drove around we talked to Shelley, and at dinner tonight we had a good talk with Corrigan about disaster response, relief aid, and charity / donations. We learned that the best hospital on Haiti has closed – yes, CLOSED – because they couldn't pay for their expenses because they were giving away medical care AND none of the Millions of Dollars given have gone to help keep this hospital open.

One of the sayings that is common among some people (non-Haitians) who have lived and worked here for a long time: "any idea you have that you think will help Haiti, don't do it because it will probably end up hurting or having negative implications you couldn't imagine" … The only exception to this would be education…

I struggle to articulate what is in my head, but I wanted to share the thought process journey.

Again, my eyes are closing as I try to finish writing.

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