We just returned home to the Guest House and are happily exhausted! Wow. What an amazingly full day we were able to experience. Many of us set our alarms for 5:30 am and started our day at a Haitian church called Church on the Rock. We were able to worship with them in song ... many beautiful and inspiring songs. We felt so welcomed there and appreciated some of the prayers said in English, too!
We hopped in the tap tap and enjoyed an unexpected shopping stop at the Papillon Industry. Here local people create lovely jewelry, ornaments, bags, and other items made out of recycled magazines and cardboard boxes.
We returned to the tap tap (our home away from home) and started a long, curvy, bumpy ride up the mountain. And was it worth it!! The view looking out onto the city of Port-au-Prince was spectacular. We enjoyed some cool drinks at an outdoor restaurant and then walked through some persistent sales people as we jumped back into our ride.
Our next stop of the day was Dare Orphanage, which is a place for special needs children. We massaged their arms and legs with lotion and gave them love (and applesauce). Melanie and Frank provided music for the group, and we sang songs with the children. One of the children helped us keep beat with his wonderfully loud clapping. He definitely loved singing -- it was so great to see.
We were then able to tour and visit a fantastic local company called Rebuild Globally. Here Haitians make and sell flip flops with the bottoms made of old car tires. The footware brand, called Deux Mains, is also sold at stores in the United States. Two people from the company are flying to NYC tomorrow to attend a trade show in Madison Square Garden. How cool is that?! Please keep your eyes open for this company.
We ended our busy day with a team pizza dinner at Pizza Amour. A delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
We have so appreciated our driver Maxim. He has kept us safe and sound on the roads. We are blessed that he is with us daily. Thank you, Maxim!