Here are a set of photos that more closely match what I imagined Haiti would look like.
|View from our hotel balcony in Port au Prince.|
|My kids learning to dance!|
The countryside around Desarmes holds both barren hillsides and tree-lined riverbeds. The MCC staff there told us that when Terry did their program evaluation in 2007 (or thereabouts) he pointed to the mountain tops and asked, "Why aren't there trees growing up there? When I come back, I want to see trees growing up there." So they were very happy and proud to show me the thousands of small trees now growing on the mountaintops!
|Beginning of a 3-hour hike up and then down the mountain|
|View of the valley from the mountaintop; trees from the project in foreground|
|Baby trees! I think these are called cassia.|
|Tree nursery #2, I think these are citrus varieties|
Near a capped spring were a lot of old, thick trees of different varieties. We were told that the local people will never cut them down because of what they believe about spirits living in and around the spring and the trees.
I'm really thankful for the opportunity to visit Haiti, and glad I stayed for the learning tour after our meetings there.