Category Archives: Haiti

Haiti 2014 The Citadel

We went on to the Citadel with other stops along the way.  The fort, constructed over 20 years starting in 1804, sets at 3,000 feet and was designed to defend against an invasion of the harbor at Cap Haitian.  It is a major tourist attraction that is being upgraded even now.

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Right now, there are two ways to the top, walk or ride small horses.  Our group split half and half.

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We also made it to the beach on Saturday, after 7 of our group flew home.  Sorry guys.

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We tried to go to the beach where the cruise ships stop, but they would not let us in because there were no ships there and they were not ready for tourists.

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We went back a ways to a hotel where anyone can use the beach.  It is nice.

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On Monday, we visited a new church being built halfway up the hillside in Cap.  They are holding services there as they continue to build.  They have had 15,000 people there at one time.   It is BIG.

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Four more of us flew home on Monday and the remaining 7 flew to Florida on Wednesday.  It was a great 9 days.  Those of us who have gone every year saw great improvements.  The streets are clean and paved.  Signs are up, street lights installed (but not working), and paint going on public and private buildings.  A new highway is being built to bring tourist from Labadee to both Cap and the Citadel.  We no longer see thousands of young men standing around with nothing to do.  We all agree that there is more hope now.


Haiti 2014 School Construction


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18 people made the trip this year.  Here we are at the Citidel with our translators.

But that was at the end of our first week.  Some of us worked on a school construction project while others ran a free medical clinic and worked with kids.

This was our first look at the work to be done.


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As you can see, we stand around very well.  In our defense, they had few tools for tying rebar, so only a few of us could work at a time.

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We jumped in and did what we could.

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We picked up extra help along the way.


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On Friday of the first week, the crew came in to mix the cement by hand and make the pour.  We could only watch.

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The next Monday, we used the last of the materials, until we can raise more money.

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We, meanwhile, cleaned the site and carried water for the concrete.

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Be righteous and do good

Mike Lawrence