I figured I would update on the situation in Leogane, as I’ve gotten a few requests from people wondering what’s going on. Overall, the flooding only affected certain areas of town, and (according to the locals) was pretty normal for after a big storm. All Hands is going out this week to do “mudding”, which is what they did in Gonaives, Haiti, after a hurricane in 2008. Basically volunteers will be going to affected neighbourhoods with buckets and shovels to help people get all the water and mud out of their homes. It’s a fairly simple (but messy) job that most homeowners have been doing themselves, but people are grateful to have the help. Tomorrow a team of volunteers will be cleaning up Hopital St-Croix, the only hospital in town, which has been temporarily shut down due to flooding.
As for how I’ll be involved, unfortunately I am a rat deserting a sinking ship and can’t take credit for any of this good work going on: about a month ago, my friend Alice booked us a vacation in the Dominican Republic for this week. Although the timing isn’t great, it’s also non-refundable, and we’ve decided to go ahead with our plans. I’m not leaving Leogane without a certain amount of guilt, but that’s an emotion I’m getting pretty used to carrying around on a daily basis. The next time you hear from me, I plan to be well-rested, well-fed, well-tanned and well-boozed, and more than ready to get back on the hard labour train.