Friday, March 5, 2010

HAITI IN APRIL

So, I havent been able to get Haiti out of my head therefore I will be returning in April. I heard rainy season is starting so I will have to be prepared to fight off the mosquitos.
My roomate Michelle is there right now and she told me the whole camp was moved from the airport to a gigantic house with electricity and running water, that is quite an upgrade i must say. Personally i thought it was more exciting to be living next to a runway and jogging by planes taking off but thats just me. :)

I have been thinking of making a "things to take to Haiti" list because I have been asked a lot in terms of what do you need to survive down there. Soooo.... if you are going as a volunteer minister to our camp, you need to take the following:

personal clothing:

2 pairs of sneakers/converse/tennis shoes
1 pair of flip flops (for the shower)
3 pairs of jeans/paratrooper pants hahaha
2 pairs of stretch pants
(if available some light linen type pants)
2 or 3 shorts, depending on how long you are going
if you are going for 14 days, then 7 pairs of underwear and socks and you just wash them weekly
pony tail bands for girls
bobby pins to keep hair out of face
head bands are useful too
a couple of long sleeve light cotton shirts
several tank tops, light colors to not attract heat (black is not a great idea)
sports bras (for girls of course hhaha)
10 pairs of socks (if you are going for 2 weeks)
a bathing suit (just in case you go to the beach with the orphanage :)
a baseball cap type hat or just a regular hat
sunglasses

hygiene supplies:
little travel size bags of laundry detergent (liquid tide)
1 bar of soap
travel size shampoo and conditioner
shaving cream if needed
1 razor
a 4 pack of toilet paper
little travel size kleenex
travel size antibacterial gel
toothbrush
deodorant

food supplies:
protein bars
EMERGENC packets (a whole box, super great for staying hydrated)
cell salts
clif bars
8 tuna cans (if your staying 14 days)

camping gear:
sleeping bag
a camelback
sleeping like an airmat or a pad (REI sells them)
pillow (small if you can get it in a little size)
flashlight
a few extra batteries
2 Walkie talkies (very useful to stay in contact with group)
Duffel bag
Rope (for a clothing line)
Knife
Baby wipes (1 package, good for cleaning )
Pepper spray
$300 cash
Money belt

NERD Supplies:
Burnable CDs.
Flash drives
Flip camera
Still camera
Big envelope
Sharpie
Packing tape.
CD cases
small laptop (those little dell ones)

and of course!!! your passport!

so i think this is about as good as it gets,

i didnt include a lot of things which you would think that you would need to take but they have them supplied there like sunblock, food, more snacks, vitamins (b1, b complex, calmag, etc...) there is a whole MLO area which has all those basic things, in fact if you forget your toothbrush for example they have that, or even flip flops, anyway they have almost all of those things but bring your one just so you can choose what you like :)

okidoke i think this will help anyone planning to go!

see you in april :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

catching up tv and vm news!

Wow, i heard about this news, but this. is. just. GREAT!







Monday, March 1, 2010

Ayal Talking about Haiti

Here is another video... Ayal was just great in haiti!



Video! Haiti General Hospital in Port-au-Prince

Last week I did some random video with a friend ... talking about our work in the general hospital. Just put on the jacket and well, here you go. Some people who hate helping people tried to spread lies about the video for their own slimy cause. So I decided to share it with my friends and only with them. Get lost you other losers, he. Or go help someone.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lost blog post...

Hi Everyone,

I found a blog post that I hand-wrote that I never put up. Thought you might like to read it so here it is:

It's late, I'm so ridiculously tired but I'm still up. Jeez luiz, I'm glad I took a shower earlier today before everyone got back to camp because we have our camp set up at the airport right next to the airplane take off tarmac. So basically we have these wooden square walls with a blue plastic tarp that covers you while you shower with you ONE QUARTER of a bucket of WATER! Try shaving your legs with that! Anyway back to my story, every time you are showering, if a plane takes off, you have to hold the tarp down or it will fly up and the plane will see you standing butt-naked next to them hahaha, crazy huh?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Back from Haiti - back to "reality"?

Is this really reality what we live in? The roads, the buses, cars, perfumes, restaurants... As I was walking through the duty free shops at the airport today I realized how fake the modern world seems to me now. Hunger is now real to me, thirst is more real, but not what new bag i'm going to buy, that doesn't seem to matter anymore. Its almost as if what my old reality was, is no longer existent in my mind.

This short time I've been back from Haiti, I still have my thoughts over there and I keep comparing life here, to life there. Frankly, there's nothing to compare. They have nothing and we have everything.  The cold hard truth that i got snapped into me is that my life here in the "real world" is so simple, easy and comfortable, i have running hot water, food in a refrigerator and clothes hung up in a closet, its almost shocking to me that I never really noticed those details before and it makes me sad to think i didn't appreciate them either. I feel so gratified to know i will have food tomorrow and a place to stay, and a mother to hug.

There were so many orphans everywhere that would've given anything to just have their mother again to say I love you, and not only did they lose their home, but they lost their mother too.

So I say sit down and take a minute to really reflect on what you have (i did this) and to truly appreciate it because I can say this for a fact, I have changed, and I will never be the same.  The problems i used  have dont seem like such problems anymore and physical objects like ipods, cell phones, tvs or even just clothes are now, the least of my worries. I can see that life is more than just the material stuff. All that can be destroyed in a heartbeat just how it happened in Haiti and when you lose all your material objects and are still standing and breathing, with all 4 limbs, Id say your a pretty rich person.

My lesson was that life has nothing to do with the material, that isn't actually important and I think this is an important thing for me because now I know where my future efforts in life will head, not towards bigger and better cars but towards improving myself and improving others.

With 100% certainty, there is nothing more gratifying than knowing that you truly helped someone and made a difference in their life and after this trip to Haiti I know this wont be the last time I help in something like this, it has changed me forever, I know I was able to make a difference and I will never see life the same.