The St. Bart's Haiti mission team - Kelli Richardson, Heather Liggins, Geraldo Garcia, Allen Adams, and Kate McKone-Sweet - arrived in Port-au-Prince bright and early Saturday morning. They shared lunch with Fr. Noe and his wife Shirley. We then arrived traveled to Hinche in the evening. The team is excited and a little tired.
Today we attended a beautiful service with three different choirs. Wow! A beautiful service. Fr. Noe has also expanded the church. It is a beautiful site from the street. They are also adding a guest house. Each Sunday, there is a parade, of sorts, in the town square. People dressed in costumes dancing through the streets. Tomorrow we head to Loranette.
The medical crew arrived Tuesday night after a flight delay - two doctors, one nurse practitioner, one nurse, and four interpreters. It was wonderful seeing the medical crew and all the other volunteers working together today. We were able to see 152 patients! Our team took blood pressure, measured height, tested eyesight, and provided reading glasses when we could. Eye tests were a little challenging since many people did not know the alphabet. We tried an alternate test with little success. Sometimes Kelli would ask if the cactus in the distance was blurry or not. We did whatever we could.
Today, we continued the clinic and saw another 85 patients before 12:30 p.m. We decided to return to Hinche today since many people in Loranette were at a big market today and tomorrow. We plan to run a medical clinic at the school in Hinche. There are almost 12 levels at St. Andres and many students, so we hope to be able to see a lot of patients.
Allen and Kate left for the airport at 4 a.m. They hit a few