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June 23, Marriott Downtown

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Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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It's Friday and we finally have Internet access at the house, so here's what I've been noting for the past week.  Enjoy.

Day 2 - Saturday
Good to see Baba, Max and Francklyn.  They are the team that makes it happen!  Baba is an excellent translator and project manager.  Max does plumbing, electrical, anything that seems impossible.  Francklyn does a lot of the electrical work.  Max and Francklyn also take care of the water purification systems at St Therese Montessori, Rectory at Cathedral St Louis, Brother Paulin School, St Jean Bosco, College St Louis, St Louis Elementary and Mont Fort Orpanage.

We spent a good bit of the day Saturday trying to decide on a classroom layout, some desk preparation and planning electrical feeds to the various rooms.
Bob, Yemi and Eric arrived unscathed by Haitian customs.  Roger managed to get them, their 9 bags and the 4 we left behind Friday packed into the plane.  Fr Luxo had trouble getting all the luggage and them into his SUV ... story has it that Eric had to sit on Yemi's lap.
After supper we had to go thru bags trying to figure out where various things needed to go.

Day 3 - Sunday
Oh what a restful night!  Generator ran till about 2 AM, several rolls of loud thunder, a bit of rain and mostly not much sleep.  Batteries kept the fans running.  When I got up, there was no water, so no brisk shower to try to revive the body.
I stumbled down 2 flights of stairs, stared at things, started to get coffee going when the inverter said no way Jose!  I'm outta here.
Flashlight in hand I stumbled out to the generator, found a jug of gas and got it running.  Saved again!  Now I can get some coffee going to help get the bodies moving.
At 6:45 AM Fr Luxo arrived to take us to the HHF Clinic up in the hills where he says mass at a beautiful little chapel.
Fr Luxo not only acknowledged our presence, he asked Gary and the rest of us to speak a bit at the end of Mass.  Interesting translations between French, Creole and English ensued!

Back to the house for some breakfast ... Mia fixes sort of an unfolded omelette that covers a large platter.

By 10 we were on the way to the Technical School.  Gary followed with a tricycle taxi toting 6 large suitcases of equipment we needed.  A tricycle taxi is sort of a sub-compact pickup truck with 3 wheels.  Good for quick transport of smaller loads, although I've seen some with major loads on them.

Time is flying.  All energy focused on getting things ready in the new technical school.  I did spend time Monday putting laptops back into the elementary schools ... Bro Paulin, St Therese Montessori and St John Bosco.  We typically bring them back to the parts room at the end of the school year.
I hope to have a picture to add of the view from the building the technical school is in.  It's a beautiful view of the Caribbean, very idyllic and a bit of a contradiction with the general scene in down town Jeremie.

Evenings have been challenging.  We've had no Internet access at the house since about noon Saturday, so evenings there's lots of discussion about ills of the world, subleties of horse breeding, Euchre card playing with some slight instructions.

Slept pretty good last night.  Mia had Haitian oatmeal for breakfast.  It's definitely a smoother consistency than at home and has some sweetness to it.
Eric is here for the coming school year to teach English to various team members here in Haiti.  It is interesting to watch him interacting with various ones as he tries to get to know them, pick up more Creole and casually toss in English.  Eric is learning fast and developing good rapport with everyone.
Bob, Cathy and Eric did a lot of painting today.  Here's a picture of College du Sacre Coeur.

On site lunches have been Gatorade and some hard bread with peanut butter and Haitian Laughing Cow cheese.  Yum!
After dinner tonight there was a lot of discussion about the relationship between Gouds, Haitian dollars and US dollars.
And then there's the lack of Internet access at the house.  Laura has been on NatCom daily to fix it.
When at home it's usually 11:00 or so before I hit the bed, here it seems that by 9:00 it's time to call it quits.  Maybe part of it is I'm not getting a 1 or 2 hour nap in the afternoon!

Rose, who is a rather spry 80'ish young lady, is here to teach English to students in the Technical School.  She's something of a world traveler and has a mastery of French which is of great value.  Trouble is, most of us don't know French or Creole, so she can carry on with most everyone around.  She, like Eric, is planning to be here for the coming school year.  It's difficult for me to wrap my mind around staying here for an extended period!  Eric and Rose have been learning the intricacies of when to pump water, how to tell when EDH (the city power company) is generating electricity, which switch to throw when using the generator and how to survive if there is no water because someone's toilet was left running all day.
I think UofL is playing Clemson tonight, but I won't know anything till I get to the school in the morning and have Internet access.  Which brings up ... which of the comforts of home are vital ... water, electricity or Internet access ... not to mention missing family, long hot showers and some TV.


Things seem to be falling in place.  Classroom looks almost ready.  Network infrastructure is falling in place.

We're tired!, Yemi is returning to the US tomorrow.  We get to stay and keep chugging along.