We’re excited to report that Tim and Fred have arrived in Haiti! They’ll be spending the next several days assessing the situation on the ground and prioritizing our next steps. Read on for an update from Fred, sent via smartphone from the hotel; one of the few places to get internet access in the area:
“Tim was waiting in customs for me when I arrived. We shook hands in person for the first time, I could probably have hugged him, we have gotten to know each other well enough by phone and email.
Outside Sebastein [driver and interpreter] was waiting. He is an outgoing engaging young Haitian man who obviously cares for his country and people. His English was surprisingly good; he learned from American cable television shows.
We had a few hours to kill before Jack Newell [documentarian] would arrive so we decided to drive around the city. The first thing that strikes you are the tent cities. No one should have to live like that yet so many here do. There are blank looks and those of despair, but also the occasional filled with productive intention. I could see animated conversations and friendly exchanges which I found remarkable. The proximity of neighbors and general conditions is some kind of unplanned social study.
More on the day later, we are now at the hotel where I have Internet. The four of us are about to meet to look at the school building plans and discuss our itinerary”
We’ll be posting more updates and photos as Tim and Fred send them, so stay tuned.