One Warrior’s Personal Experience: Helping Out In Haiti

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Haiti has some beautiful landscapes and coastal shores. Marvelous mountains for the eyes to see. But that’s looking from a distance.

 Civil unrest has been rampant throughout the country. It all started with the rise in gas prices and devolved into demands for the Haitian president to resign. Violent protests were going on in 2018 and 2019. 

So I decided to go.

Northeast Hope for Haiti (the group I went with) was supposed to go in November 2019 but all the protests during this time made it pretty dangerous to go down. We eventually made it down there in March of this year.

When we got off the plane in Port Au Prince we got on a bus to Artibonite which took 4 and a half hours. Normally it takes a lot less time to get there but the roads were out [due to weather?] and it would have been dangerous. As expected the roads weren’t very good. There were definitely some times I thought the bus was about to tip into a river. 

It was very interesting how we operated in the operating room down there. Haitian  hospitals aren’t the most sanitary, especially when there wasn’t any running water in the building. We had two rooms, one for “lumps and bumps” and one for surgeries. The surgical room was mainly used for hernias and hydroceles.

There were all sorts of animals in the building. Geckos, bugs, and chickens which the local children were chasing with a stick. 

Our flight back got cancelled because the U.S. realized that coronavirus was a problem so we had to find another flight and leave the day after. The people were not happy at all because the hospital was charging people to get screened (which we did not know about) so there was a riot.

To make things worse, when we were leaving the bus kept breaking and not starting. It eventually started working but it kept losing parts on the way to the airport.

I loved volunteering for this and would 100% do it again. Chris Ingram, a registered nurse in the [Samaritan?] OR, says “having the opportunity to bring teenager with us… and to see the impact the trip has on these teens is a gift.”