|Prescott and Michael kite-flying|
We are currently staying at a beach resort right now called Kaliko. It's nice and very safe here, so that's why we've decided on calling this place our home. We are currently in the process of negotiating a long-term stay. Some people have posed the question when referring to our better than average living conditions, "Isn't that immoral?" Well yes and no. But safety is our top priority.
Besides Chad, Prescott, Dave, and I, we have another integral part to our team right now. His name is Michael St-Vilien and he's our Haitian translator (among other things). He was waiting for us as we got off the plane, and Michael is someone that Chad met during his very first trip to Haiti. We didn't go through big introductions, I was just told to trust him with my life. Now that I know him more and see his intelligence and heart, I'm certain that my life is in more than excellent hands with him as our guide. He's not only helps us out with translations, but he plays a huge role in founding this school. Michael's on the Board of Directors for Preventive Health Strategies, and has been involved in our dream since day one. He has tremendous experience with things like mobile clinics and even helping sustain orphanages. Amazing resume for a 21 year old.
After two weeks, I have a better understanding of my role here. I do feel like this is where I'm supposed to be, and where my talents are being put to their greatest use. I love being able to help Prescott pass the 6th grade, I love being able to meet children everyday that light up my life, I love promoting our work to the world, I love the feeling that I'm making a difference, and I love being a part of PHS. Our main goal is still set on building a school and a clinic here in Haiti. However, we're also doing anything we can to help people who really need it. This includes looking for places to run clinics, giving food to orphanages, visiting schools that are in need of some help, etc. We're also spending a lot of time fundraising and getting our story out there. I hope you all follow us on our journey.