Haiti Redux

My oldest  brother Matt returned from Haiti this past weekend. It was his second visit to render aid. He had traveled there with his wife Donna back in February . Donna was unable to accompany Matt this time. His diary about that first trip can be read here

On this trip he was in Carrefour which is close to Port au Prince. That’s Matt  in the baseball cap. Matt is a general surgeon of almost 40 years  coupled with significant management experience in hospitals. He is  the guy you want on your team , pick any activity.  We are all very proud of Matt and his work.

Here is a note from Matt.

The situation is unchanged in a number of areas, most notably the tent cities which, if anything, have become more permanent. The people remain resilient and the streets are crowded with people going to and fro and every foot of space is occupied by some small entrepreneurial activity through which people try to make a living. Some of the schools are open but the place is still a wreck. Very little in the way of garbage or trash collection, etc.

Medical care is still problematic and it was frustrating for us to see patients who needed hospital care but couldn’t get it. The hospitals are open only certain hours, they restrict new patients and they cost money.

It will take many years for the country to right itself but only with a lot of help and a lot of money.

Have a great Thanksgiving.


Songs For Haiti Benefit

This is sloppy work, forgive me. I got alot going on  this week.    My other gem of a brother Steve was struck down with  a stroke Wednesday  and we are back &  forth to Dartmouth. Love it up  my friends, love it up.

While holding a sign downtown for  Don Clement during the race, I met the woman that  was putting up these placards.

She is also the driving force behind the concert. I told her about how my brother Matt & his wife Donna  had just returned from a medical mission in Haiti, we had a nice chat. I offered to post the benefit news at that time.  The  bands look terrific! She has 600 seats to fill . Please think about buying a ticket at Exeter  Music.

Looks like a  great time and the need remains  in Haiti.

My brother sent me his Haiti Diary with a couple of pics.

A neighbor’s child had sent this doll along with  Matt to give away.

Donna spreading the love around, with balloon  animals!

These shelters are the very definition of rude.