We Will Invest in Gardens

I have always loved gardening. Don't know why, particularly, just always have. Ever since I was a little kid I have liked growing things.

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Trou-a-L’Eau

Out there in the distance is Trou-a-L'Eau (pronounced Twa-loo), a tiny, remote village of 101 desperately-poor family households (6-10 family members each) on La Gonave's northeast shore.

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Kay Po

Tucked away and hidden back down a narrow alley somewhere near the center of the village of Anse-a-Galets is the "Kay Po." The Poor House as it is known to the locals. In the poorest Western Hemisphere country, in one of the poorest sections of that country is this little "kay po," the poor house.

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The Unglamorous Dirty Work

I spent awhile in the cholera hospital last week. There were about a dozen patients being cared for at the time. Whatever you do, don't get cholera. It's awful.

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Kindness is Always Win-Win

Not too long ago, after a few days off, I arrived to my desk to find a large ziploc bag full of knitted infant hats that one of my patients had dropped off for me to take to Haiti the next time I went.

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Not an Amoeba Anymore

I did an interview with a local newspaper yesterday and the reporter asked me about what I thought the most significant accomplishment of our first year was. I had to think about it for a minute. Thoughtful questions demand no less than thoughtful answers.

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Restavek

I attended a Rotary meeting in Lowell, MI yesterday, as a guest of my good friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Lang.

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So Encouraged

I visited this well last October (top picture) to learn that it was broken, and people in the village were walking 4-5 miles round trip to fetch water from a spring down in a ravine (which means they had to walk UP the ravine with their full 5-gallon buckets of water).

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Post #200

Another thing on my to-do list in Haiti last week was to visit with the families in whose homes we placed biosand water filters last October.

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