Monday, July 25, 2005

where we are

I posted this picture so you can see where we are from a satellite perspective.
The funny thing is, noone on the internet ever seems to recognize our small community. 
But we're the blue star at the top of the country on the left....right by the mountain...
so now you know.
This is where we are! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The teams have come and gone!

Whew, the last team left Pignon this bright and clear morning. It definitely took some courage and faith for visitors who came this year and braved all the news and warning to come and work along-side us anyway.
The past two weeks have seen two hard working teams....one from High Springs, FL who worked to complete the foundation of a new classroom building. The one which left this A.M. was a new outreach of an English Language camp which worked with young people and adults in the community who wanted to polish their English language skills. It was a smaller outreach in term of numbers attending but very impactful nonetheless....working with some key leaders....the town judge, high school teachers, high school upper classmen, etc. All the attendees I've visited with thus far say they enjoyed it alot and felt more confident trying to talk to others in English. I only wish I spoke French as well as they do English.
I'm glad the main group of teams are finished for the summer as it does increase our stress level a certain amount. Now I just hope we can get back to the day to day challenges of work here.

Friday, July 15, 2005

View from Mt. Pignon of our community.... Posted by Picasa

Our city by the mountain

This is a view of our community: Pignon, Haiti. It sits on the southern side of Mt. Pignon in the north central part of Haiti. It may not look like much but it is the home to nearly 30,000 in and around it.
There are so many troubling images coming out of Haiti these days...I thought I tried to let you see a more normal one. In our area, we are relatively protected from the conflicts that go on in the capital some 90 miles away. Even during the most uncertain days of the armed revolt in February 2004, when the conflicts spilled out to the country-side, we rarely heard anything unusual.
Still, things are NOT normal. United Nations troops rotate through here every few weeks on bright, white helicopters. The kids in town wave their kites at them and make toy helicopters from old tomato paste cans....