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Service Worker Blog: Life, Learning, and Lists

I am most certainly not qualified to speak on all of the political matters in play, but I have spent time the last two weeks thinking about moments from my time here that have been beautiful in ways big and small. It helps to counter-balance my mind, and I thought I would share some of my list with you all. Because, whether you live in Haiti or not, we could all use some reflection on treasured moments, right?

“Mwen pap vire do ba ou, mwen pap janm lage ou:” Nou sonje 12 Janvye 2010

Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam  paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.

"I will not leave you nor forsake you:" Remembering January 12, 2010

The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.

YAMEN Reflection: From Cambodia to Haiti

I have been in Haiti for a month and so far it’s been all about adjustment, learning new things, cultural observation, eating new foods, and learning new languages. I’m starting to adapt to a lot of things, like speaking two second languages all day, waking up to the sound of Kreyol all around the house, traveling with new public transportation, saying hello to people along the way.

“Mwen pap vire do ba ou, mwen pap janm lage ou.”

Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam  paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.

"I will not leave you nor forsake you"

The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.

1982: Growing trees and developing leaders in the Artibonite Valley

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade.

“When you look at [the Artibonite], you can see there are more trees providing coverage for homes than there were before. If you go up to the mountains, you can see the area of Desarmes is covered in trees. There are a lot of people who have changed their economic situation. They did not have a home, but now, they have a house with a roof so they are covered when the rain comes.”

1990s: 'Even planting trees was political': MCC in military-governed Haiti

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade

In the late 80s and early 90s, Haiti’s military leadership began a program of violent repression. These years of political upheaval would label MCC’s work as a political threat and lead to the arrest of MCC workers.

Serving Through the Generations

In their role as MCC Representatives in Haiti, Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast visit projects, individuals, and community groups. Recently Paul was talking with the head of Haiti’s largest health care system and asked where he got his start in medicine. The man credited an MCC clinic in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord…the very clinic that Paul’s grandfather, Dr. John Bender, founded 57 years ago.

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