When we first arrived at the village of Terrier Rouge which would be our home for the next two weeks, we were welcomed by all the neighborhood children who knew we were coming. They met us at the gate of the backyard and helped us unload. The house was simple but of high standards, Haitian style. We even had indoor bathrooms that had flushing toilets and cement showers that were fed by a water holding tank in the courtyard which was reached by a ladder and filled by hand with buckets lifted up, one by one.
The separate cookhouse was where our meals were prepared by local women hired by the pastor who owned the house and took care of visiting missionaries. Our beds were American style, the back of the house housed the pastor and his wife and daughters, and we shared three bedrooms in the front of the house that all were entered from the central sitting room.
A long table was situated in an eating area off the back of the house and it sat all eleven of us. We were very comfortable, and there were even times I actually felt guilty because the children we helped were so worse off. But they were use to it and we were not. High precaution was practiced when preparing our foods and even the bottled water and soda cans were washed in a chlorox solution and sanitized before putting in the cooler that was run by a generator. The electricity was turned off periodically to save money, but they put it on at night so we could sleep with the many fans on, our only relief from the intense heat.
I will never forget the hospitality of the Haitian people who worked so hard for us. They were great. The town was very poor, most did not have generators or bathrooms, only one and two rooms and a place to cook in the yards. The children did not wear clothes or just a minimum, and most were barefoot. However, when getting ready for school, their mums scrub them up and dress them in the required uniforms with shoes the sponsors usually send them. The girls hair is done in numerous bows and barrettes, and nothing is cuter.
The sponsorship helps over 1,000 children in Terrier Rouge and the villages of Danda, Paulette, Phaeton, Ouvray, Juchereau, and Roche Platte.