Ropaderelief is sending me into the field July 9th… Back to Haiti with Peacework Medical to try and make a dent in the cholera problem.
The team travels light and fast. Well, as light as a team can travel with 100 lbs. of medicine and medical supplies per person. Ranquitte, the village where efforts are centralized, is an 8 to 10 hour trip outside of Port-au-Prince in rugged terrain. On top of the primitive “roads,” wash outs, and overgrowth, there are actual bandits. They are the land-lubbin’ cousins of pirates. These are things thought to have been done away with in like the 18th century. But here we are and there they are. Even if their weren’t bandits on the road, uniformed police are sometimes worse.
Anyway, the 100 lbs. of medicine has to be split between two pieces of luggage to get to Haiti. This luggage takes an incredible beating. It most likely won’t make it back alive. As such, if anyone has any old suitcases (preferably with wheels and/or handles/straps, but beggars can’t be choosers) that they wouldn’t mind donating for me to use and probably never bring back, it would be much appreciated.
Last year’s luggage, beat to hell as it was, became great commodities. Resilient people with little in the way of material possessions are incredibly creative. So even though your luggage may not return, it will probably live on, serving innumerable purposes abroad. That’s pretty good considering the fact that all it does now is take up 8 cubic feet of space under your bed or in your closet.
If you live in the Phoenix area and might be interested in helping out, please send us a message on the Contact page. Thanks in advance for your support. This has been, is, and will continue to be a community effort. Even if you can’t fly to Haiti and do the work yourself, there are many ways to contribute substantially.