Cholera

There are now four cases of Cholera in Ouanaminthe and in Haiti, over 14,000. The numbers keep growing. I had a English/Creole lesson with one of the teachers at school. One of the phrases we learned was, “Nou na mal”. We’re not well. And she said in this country, we’re not well because we are being ravaged by sickness.

A huge problem is water. Even if they have water to drink, everyone washes their clothes in the river and the children love to play in the water. But it is in the water that the bacteria is spreading and it is the same water they use to clean themselves. For example, today after a little boy soiled his pants after school, one of the sisters told his father to go clean him off in the river. Later that day, another sister said she saw a man drink from the river. The general response was he is going to die.

About biffy317

This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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