The Monterey Institute’s English as a Foreign Language (EFL) team arrived in Haiti yesterday. The spent their first night in Port au Prince at the Eucalyptus Guest House. The plan was to visit an orphanage to see how the XO laptops (One Laptop per Child) were deployed there. Pére Noé from St. André’s was to pick the team up today and drive them to Hinche, which indeed he did.
Here is Haley’s report from the first day:
This morning we had the honor of meeting Pere Noe. After introductions, we paid our hotel bill and began our trip to Hinch. It didn’t take long for us to recognize what a skilled driver Pere Noe is. It takes a particular talent to navigate narrowing, bumpy and congested roads. There were no street lights or traffic signs in existence. Traffic flows naturally and people seemed to intuitively decide when and where to stop, turn or let one another pass. Not long after leaving Port au Prince, we passed a compound that had been built by USAID shortly after the earthquake. They were strikingly colorful and stood out distinctly from the shacks and shanties we passed along the way. On our two hour trip through and between the mountains we saw make shift housing, street markets, cement shops, barbershops and other community establishments. There were also a number of cows, goats and stray dogs scrounging. At one point, we were stopped by roadside authorities who asked Pere Noe for license and registration. Having the policeman circle the car was slightly unnerving, but we weren’t delayed.