God Bless those women

One question that has confused me here is asking how many children are in a family. The response is always given with how many children the mother has. I asked the sisters why do you say the mother and not their parents. The sisters said, it is the mother who carries the baby when she is pregnant and the mother who suffers to raise the children and give them an education. The father comes and goes as he pleases. He might leave for two or three years and then decide to come back. Haitian men think women are weak, which is very strange to me. I think of a mother washing clothes here. Not only does she walk to the nearest river or water supply, hand wash clothes, probably for seven or more people but then she has to walk back with a load of wet, heavy clothes on top of their head. I don’t know weak people here.

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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