Thursday, March 8, 2018

Study in Contrasts

Day 2 in the field, and it could not have been a better experience. 

We started the day off with going to a home for sick adults run by nuns. Not ever have gone to serve in a medical setting, this was something that I was really looking forward to being able to do. Upon arriving there, we were led up bright blue stairwells to where the women's ward was. Our goal for the morning was to pamper the women, making them feel relaxed and loved, even in the midst of their sickness. We were able to serve in the Tuberculosis ward, as well as a couple others with sick patients. The women absolutely loved being pampered, and were loving the nail polishes that we brought along, all requesting bright beautiful colors for their mani/pedis. In addition, a member of our group is a nurse, and was given the chance to administer IV's to some of the more dehydrated patients. It was amazing to get to see how much of an impact we could make, just based on a few hours. Upon leaving, one of the Sisters mentioned exactly how much they appreciated our presence there, and how they hoped we would return in the future, as there is truly a need for volunteers in Haiti, to serve those who are sick. This made me realize how important it is what we are doing, and further, made me that much more passionate to come back in the future.

    For the second part of our day, we got the chance to go to La Loo orphanage and spent a few hours with the kids. Upon walking in, they gathered in the middle of the room and sang to us, welcoming us with beautiful song. The age groups varied, ranging from babies, all the way up to kids around the age of 15. Personally, I got the chance to connect with some of the pre-teen/teenage girls. After talking with them for a while, I learned that several of them wanted to be doctors someday. However  the chances of them becoming one are slim, due to lack of any financial aid from the government. This made me realize something very important. Even amongst poverty and the lack of being with their biological parents, these kids are passionate and smart. The drive is completely there, however, what is missing is opportunities for them to get a higher education upon leaving the orphanage. To those who read this, I challenge you to research ways to invest in these kids futures. Whether that be through spreading education about their situations, lending financial support, or even coming here to Haiti to witness the spark and drive in these kids eyes. These kids want to be loved. They have been given every reason in life to give up, however, possess this natural passion for life, and aim to strive ahead. Their personalities were truly beautiful, and I feel blessed to have been able to take part in this day.