The Catholic Central and West Catholic High School Students arrived in Haiti Monday, visited Mother Teresa’s Orphanage Tuesday, and begin their journey up the mountain tomorrow. There may be limited internet access for a few days, and then there will be lots of blogs coming.
Miriam Brooks: I am very excited to be on my second mission trip to Haiti! Tomorrow we head up the mountain to Seguin, and I cannot wait! We arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday evening to 90 degree temperatures and very high humidity – not quite what we’ve been used to back in Michigan! We had a nice evening getting settled in at the guest house and resting after our long day of travel. This morning we headed out to Mother Teresa’s orphanage. This was one of my favorite experiences last year, so I couldn’t wait to go back! We arrived there during the parent’s visiting time. It is so precious to see the babies clinging to their parents, but so heart-wrenching to hear their cries when the parents have to leave! We spent a few hours at Mother Teresa’s holding the babies and playing with the older kids outside. At one point I was sitting outside and a little girl, probably about 4 or 5, walked over to me and sat down on my lap! She was so cute, just holding my hand, and she would copy anything I did. I would clap a little rhythm and she would do it back to me with a huge smile on her face! I can’t wait to head up to Seguin tomorrow – please keep us in your prayers as we travel!
Madilyn Pelak: This is my first time in Haiti. It is a little intimidating being the newest person in the group, but I feel like I fit right in. I never pictured Haiti like it truly is. It’s funny how they drive, there is no pattern or rules that they follow. Everyone just runs across the street without looking. Port au Prince is really busy, there are mobs of people everywhere. Today at Mother Teresa’s we got to hold all the little babies and play with the toddlers. The hardest part about going to the orphanage is leaving, all the babies want to be held, and they don’t want to see you go. Tomorrow we are driving up the mountain, I guess it is about an eight hour drive.
Emily Ivie: I am so happy to be back in Haiti. I sure have missed it a lot here. Today was a good day. We went to Mother Teresa’s orphanage. This is one of my most favorite things to do in Haiti because you get to hold all the adorable little babies and go and play with all the toddlers outside on the play set. It is also one of the hardest experiences because it is so hard to leave all of those kids behind especially when some of the little boys and girls called some of us momma and dada. Tomorrow we begin our journey up the mountain to Seguin. It is about an 8 hour car ride up the mountain, but when you get there the long ride is all worth it. I can’t wait to see all the returning kids up there.
Stephanie Kaminski: Finally glad to be back on my second trip to Haiti. I had an amazing time last year, and it will be another amazing trip this year. Today was kind of just another relaxing day. At first we went to the orphanage for a few hours. Again, it was hard because all the children just loved being held, and when you set them down, they would just start crying. It broke my heart. After the orphanage, we came back to the guesthouse and had something to eat. We then went to the radio tower hill and tin city to go shopping. YAY! I like shopping. Tonight we are all just hanging out together and playing cards because tomorrow we have to get up early around 6:30ish to try and be on the road by 7. We have an 8 hour car ride ahead of us for tomorrow.