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Published: June 14th 2007
June 14th, 2007
Hello to everyone,
We know we have been a little negligent in updating our blog and, for that, we apologize. It’s been a busy month and things are still brewing for us here. We are in final preparations for our return home and are, at this time, in the process of booking return flights to arrive between the 22nd and 25th of this month.
We are filled with mixed emotions and are taking things one day at a time. We are both ecstatic about the thought of going home to our family and friends, whom we’ve missed terribly and are at the same time very sad to leave our adoptive families and the new friends we have made in Haiti. We are also REALLY looking forward to satisfying many food cravings that we have had. Believe it or not, McDonald’s crapburgers are one of them.. Super Size Please!!!
In the past 6-7 months we have experienced most things unknown to the rest of the “outside” world. When we say “outside” world, we mean that not many make the move to come to Haiti for either vacation or other. Despite our initial apprehensions and
anxieties about coming here, with time, we found that there is much good to this disfavored country and that the problems faced here, when you really look at them, are not that different from many other countries, with the exception of the extreme poverty.
We strongly feel that with the knowledge, experience and energy that can be brought in from outside, that a fresh outlook can be made and that new possibilities can arise for these people. What influences what we have just said is that the Haitian people WANT things to be different and are willing to put in efforts, any necessary efforts, to attain anything they can, even if it comes to them in small steps. We are not promoting only gifts, but promoting the gift of knowledge. To aid them in aiding themselves. Don’t be surprised to see us in this part of the world again some day...maybe not that far!! Who knows?!?!
So, on a personal note... Don’t believe everything you hear about Haiti.....
Not everyone here is what the media makes them out to be. Any educated person can realize that media is made from negative situations. You will rarely, if ever, here
about a positive that happens in the media. Port-au-Prince is only a city in Haiti and does NOT reflect, IN ANY WAY, the rest of the country. As in most major cities and ports, there is aggression and there are wrongdoers... But as in most outskirts of most major cities, people lead descent, honest, hardworking lives and do so for the good of their children and to better their future....just like we do at home!!!
Coming to Haiti is a very doable thing, but like all other unknowns, careful precautions must be taken until a proper comprehension of the situation can be made.
On this emotional last note, we will leave you to ponder the thought of “what can I do to make a change”? “Can I actually make a change”? The answer is most definitely yes.... And we can help you focus your energies if wanted.
As usual, we look forward to your comments... www.WeBeSailing.com
Annie & Eric in Haiti
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