Leaving Haiti tomorrow.

I don’t want to.

I’m going back to film.

I’m going back to film.

It’s the thought that counts.

Courtney and I decided to make brownies and 5lbs of cookies for the medical teams before heading to the clinic tonight.

We blame the outcome on the fact our oven’s name is Beast and has no numbers on the temperature dial.

The teams were gracious in their reception of our charcoal bricks, anyway.

 

 

Such a sad waste of delicious potential.

Zephaniah 3:14-17

Sing, O Daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O Daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of of Isreal, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
"Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

I have only found happiness and comfort through worship this week.

Everything happens for a reason.
I came to Haiti to believe in God again.

Anonymous said: Are you doing okay? We haven't heard from you since last night.

I’m still here, sorry for worrying you. Didn’t realize I hadn’t made contact yet.

November 9

We have seen an exponential increase in cholera cases because of Hurricane Tomas. Our cholera clinic is being established as the main clinic for the North West region. We have seen around 500 patients, and have had 11 deaths.

The admittance numbers are increasing daily, but the medical relief teams working with us say that outbreaks maintain increasing numbers for 5 days, and then usually plateau. If that holds true, we should see our numbers peak and become steady within the next two days.

Sorry. That’s all I know what to say.

November 7

We had a miracle happen today with Jude, a 12 year old patient. He came to our Cholera Clinic mid-last week, and his condition had declined hourly. His story is extremely detailed, and not yet knowing his true medical history in the past week, I will wait to write his full story until I interview his doctors tomorrow morning.

It came down to Jude needing immediate medical transport to a true hospital. Heather Owens, wife of Janeil, who runs the mission, put out an emergency request for transport through her Facebook and Twitter contacts in Haiti. The UN called Heather personally, and within one afternoon, Jude was life-flighted to Port-au-Prince.

There is nothing about this situation that cannot be anything short of devine.
The UN does not respond personally to “Help Wanted” ads, and by all medical standards, Jude should have passed away 3 days ago.

There was a BBC reporter on the helicopter with the UN team, keep an eye out in the next few days for Jude’s story.

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Keep our Cholera Clinic patients in your prayers. Hurricane Tomas spread the outbreak, and there is simply not enough aid to match the need.

I was yelled at by the UN.

I have officially sold the first part of my soul for photojournalism.

Took long enough.

Hurricane Update

The only news I know is about our mission, I have not yet heard anything beyond the compound.

Yesterday was as follows-

  • Rain 1am-10am
  • No rain or wind 11am-6pm
  • Heavy wind and rains 6pm-morning

By all rights, we should have been fighting the storm all day. But we had 7 hours of beautiful weather and overcast skies.

The actual “hurricane” weather we saw only caused minor superficial damage to the compound. We are absolutely okay. See? We even kept our internet intact. 

The worst fears are for the slums and tent cities across the island- Floods, mudslides, and the spread of Cholera.

More updates later.