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Stone By Stone- building a road following God's chosen path.  Together with our brothers and sisters of Haiti, we strive to serve the cooperative of HASWEP through Listening, Educating, Supporting, Praying, Working, Advancing.

LESPWA means HOPE in Creole. 
We are full of hope for Haiti.

 

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 FANMI LASANTE

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Monday
Sep052016

My Time in Desab, Haiti...

Most people that know me, know that I am never at a loss for words. Truthfully, I’ve been struggling to write about my time in Desab, Haiti. Maybe it was because I felt slightly guilty, for not having a profound sadness or disbelief that many people experience traveling to Haiti for the first time.

For me, I chose to focus on how happy and welcoming the people of Desab were. I won’t lie, I was nervous to go, I am a creature of habit and knew I would be experiencing new things, and meeting new people. I kept asking myself, “what will it be like?” and “will everyone be welcoming?” I quickly found out, I had no reason to be nervous.

The first thing I noticed after we arrived (after literally driving up a mountainside) was everyone running to greet Nicole and myself. They were genuinely happy to see visitors. This put me immediately at ease.

Throughout the week, it became so clear to me how proud everyone was of their village. There is so much we take for granted every day, simple things like flipping a light switch, or turning on a faucet. We are a culture of always wanting more, and even with so little, the people of Desab were happy. Truly happy. It’s so easy to focus on what they don’t have, that we forget to focus on what they do. Health, happiness, family, pride in their village.

I was able to meet many people from Desab, and the surrounding communities. Everyone was happy to hear that I came with Stone By Stone. We talked about the clinic and how big of a role it plays in Desab. Some people travel seven hours by foot, just to be seen by the doctor. This amazed me, but also showed me how important the clinic and Stone By Stone is to the community.

Leaving Desab was hard. Sure, I was happy to have air conditioning, and a shower again, but life was so much slower. I told Nicole, “every day here is like a vacation.” No one was running around, trying to get a million little things done. People stopped to ask how my day was, to see if I needed anything. That’s something I could get used to.

Desab opened my eyes to a new way of life, and that’s something I will always be thankful for. I can’t wait to go back, and experience it all over again.

Amanda Dehart (board member)


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