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Monday, we had a tour of the MH4H campus. We started by joining the staff’s weekly bible study. They take turns leading devotionals, and we were blessed by the message the pastor gave on Romans 12:2. After the devotional, we each carried a bucket of water around the campus to get the feel for what the people of Haiti have to do each day as they carry water from the well to their homes. It was a difficult job. The average Haitian uses about 10 gallons of water a day which means lots of trips. Just for comparison, the average American uses 120 gallons a day. I can’t even begin to imagine that many trips.
We had a Creole lesson and a Haitian history lesson. We also played with the children from the school as they came out for recess. We ended with a visit to Goat Land, a plot of land where they are raising goats for the students in the school. When each student enters the pre-school, their families are given two pregnant goats over a period of three years. MH4H provides check ups on the goat’s health. When the goats give birth, the families can either sell the goats in the market, or sell them back to MH4H. If they choose to sell them to MH4H, they are given a competitive price. They receive half of the money in cash and half of it goes to an educational savings account that will help the family pay for their students education. MH4H matches the funds that are placed in the ESA so that the families can really get 150% of the going rate for their goat and be investing in their children’s future.
After a quick turn around, we headed off to the waterfall called Bassin Zim. It is about a 1.5 hour trip from the mission. This waterfall is spectacular. We hiked into caves, swam in the falls and enjoyed a much needed afternoon of rest. Christi brought the makings for far more sandwiches than we could ever eat, and we were able to share PB and J sandwiches with many of the people from the surrounding town. A long ride back to MH4H found us all ready for a good night’s sleep.
The second cart we assembled went to a woman we had met on Sunday who told us that she is able to survive because the Lord provides. With this cart, she will no longer need others to carry her around. Once again, we all felt so blessed that Jesus had used us to bless one of his children.