No real Internet but I did get the international plan so I can use my phone on a limited basis. I’ll upload my notes when get back. For now, here’s the picture of the day.
Guess what’s on the menu for this family!
Well, I actually found out that this guy isn’t going to eat this chicken, they are fighting chickens! Before we left, he showed us.
The dirt path in front of this house was like a people highway the entire time we visited. We even had a crowd gather just to watch us. There were plants and crops growing everywhere around the houses. Vehind this house was a banana tree crop.
This is Island and her sister.
It’s trip day! Wasn’t too sure it would happen but tropical storm Chantal weakened and doesn’t seem to be a problem now. All packed and under weight! The suitcase, not me.
How do I feel? Ready to go, calm, part of a bigger plan. The agenda has been created by a much higher authority. The most organized person on Earth could not have made these arrangements work out so smoothly! It may not exactly be a vacation, but it will be fun!
Well, there’s one more day before I head to Haiti and of course, it will be raining because of the tropical storm! Hopefully that doesn’t mess up the schedule.
I think I have everything packed. Luckily, I get to take three carry on bags and the checked bag can weigh up to 70 lbs. Now I can actually take more food! We get one meal at dinner and the rest are on us! Luckily I like rice and tortillas, granola bars, beef jerky, and even vienna sausages. (Yes, I do. I used to gross out my older sister when I ate them!) The checked bag has a variety of “stuff”. Flip flops, a few spirals, coloring books, crayons, nail polish, hot wheels, and some things I don’t remember. I’m carrying my stuff in the camping back pack!
Tomorrow I will be checking the list again and weighing the suitcase again, just to be safe! I’ll have to decide things like tennis shoes or no tennis shoes? Can you pack a razor in a carry on? Will the small jar of jelly survive the suitcase trip? Aaaaa, what if the suitcase gets lost!? That’s where I put my Oreos!
Well, I’ve never really been one of those people that post when they go to the grocery store or the gym, but I’m going to try and keep up with what’s going on in my world here for a while for those interested in the productive part of it.
On the 17th through the 20th of June, I was in San Antonio at a conference. So I’ll be back two weeks on Thursday. Before I went to the conference I knew I was going to make a trip to Haiti in July. Wow, have so many things connected in so many strange ways since then!
First, while at the conference, I attended a demonstration of a 2D cutter. It’s one of those fluffy scrap booking things that can eat up all of your time. Now I’m not into scrap booking, but this was about using the 2D cutter in education. It is a great tool for making the 3D connection for students. (Spatial reasoning is an area that is typically low on testing scores.) So I thought “That will be perfect to take to Haiti and show the kids there and it will be fun.” It’s that teacher thing. You just can’t go somewhere that kids don’t have education opportunities without wanting to do something educational and fun!
So I started talking about the supplies and different ideas that were used for some of the other projects by my cohort members. 2D shapes made into houses, windmills, etc. They aren’t the easiest to find though! Luckily I figured out how to use the trace feature!
One thing has led to another. If you are unaware, Haiti has a sad educational situation. Even though there have been many positive efforts post quake, not all of them have been, lets say, effective. So my brain automatically goes from what can I do this one trip to what can I do on a larger scale? Shortly after that, I was emailing with my professor about options and grants and what can possibly benefit the orphanage I will be visiting in Haiti. She mentioned a laptop initiative. I sent an email and had a reply right back. I didn’t really understand the benefit of what I was told so that ended there. I accidentally sent a blank email to the address again the next day when I was forwarding information to my sister in law and the guy from Laptops.org called me to see what I needed. Adam Holt and I talked for about an hour about their organization and all of the questions I had as I try to find ways to help education in Haiti.
After some more emails, I set up a Basecamp.com site on a trial basis to allow us to all communicate about what would help for the orphanage I was going to and what would help on a larger scale with what they were already working on. You see, Kids Unleashed had just the month before started an initiative to get laptops to kids in Haiti. Amazing connection, huh?
So, here I am not even two weeks later with connections to some of the greatest collection of volunteers to make mountains move!
Of course, I haven’t even made my first trip to Haiti yet but I can see myself going again. To help get laptops and the “cloudless server” running. (Adam called it the cloud offline, I think.) I can see my dissertation evolving from something from this adventure. I had hoped that I could find a grant that could also be used to help others and this may end up being that situation.
I’ll let you know what happens!