Will the world be a better place in 2015 when we all pitch in and lend a hand? More updates to follow as this project turns into something much larger…
Fundraising has begun for a return trip to Fond de Blanc, Haiti to take additional needed photography and video footage to complete the documentary.Please help in any small way you can.
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At long last, the trailer made its debut at the Hands of Hope event to benefit the Haiti Foundation St. Boniface at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.
Special thanks to the wonderful narration by Geogory Luete and Karen Overstreet, looking forward to recording (and writing) the rest of the story.
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Last full day as we fly home tomorrow. I’m told Friday is typically a slow day but what was slow is, it seemed to take forever for the workday to end. More so for the people doing the real work here, the surgeons, the pre and post op crews and medical staff volunteers that made this trip.Everyone on this trip is here at their own expense. Hard working people taking a week of vacation time from there regular jobs and lives to come help the people here at St. Boniface in Fond de Bloncs Haiti. These are incredible, caring people and it’s been fantastic getting to know them.
Today there ended up being 11 surgeries plus another last minute adult patient. Because there are no surgical physicians here, is why the doctors travel here from Jacksonville Florida. Word gets out in advance (broadcast on local radio) and the number of pediatric surgeries has dramatically increased, so much so that they’ve had to turn away 15 children and schedule them for next years trip. There is talk about scheduling two trips a year but the problem is there’s a shortage of pediatric surgeons in the U.S. There are only four in the city of Jacksonville, and while one is here with us in Haiti, it means one of the remaining three in Jacksonville will have to rotate being on-call. And I must say, the surgeon I’m speaking of is just a little older than me and has been on her feet all week (53 surgeries total) performing small miracles under challenging circumstances.
7:30 ish – I climbed e latter to get to the rooftop to grab a few shots of the sunset. It was a great view of the mountains around us and some beautiful trees and the sun setting behind the mountain did not disappoint.
9pm – Like previous nights, everyone waited until the last surgery was complete so we could all eat at the same time. I can’t say much for the food here, though I’m certain what we’ve served is better than what the locals would have had. Myself and most everyone else skipped the main course tonight, sort of fish stew, and instead opted for extra helpings of the red beans and rice.
view the stars hang low enough to pluck out of the sky. It’s quiet now, with only the crows from a few time zone challenged roosters and a motorcycle taxi speeding off somewhere in the distance. Quick shower to cool off ( as there is no hot water here) then off to bed – in a small room that has seven twin beds and tonight there’s just four of us.
The first part of our journey is smooth, minus one person forgetting their cell phone charger. We met early (as in 4:39am early) at the Jacksonville Airport, and from there too a small, twin engine prop (puddle jumper) down to Miami International and wait on our final flight to Port a Prince. From there it’s a fun-filled, roller coaster three hour ride to Fon de Blancs.
All packed and ready to go.
Cameras packed and batteries charged!