Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shots from the BC Medical Clinic

Dr Bob (17th trip to Haiti) with former heart patient, Nadia.
 Because of his care and generosity, she is alive today.

The courtyard waiting area of the clinic - including a real thatched roof

Dr Chris, the dentist -- kept very busy!

Dr Bob caring for a young patient

Eye exam for reading glasses -- notice there are no letters
on the chart

Maddie with a wee patient

Our pharmacy

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hungry for Life Medical Teams

There are two teams here from BC.  One is a medical team accompanied by a dentist and the other is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner team who is here to do some teaching.

Here are their blog links with photos......



Tuesday, November 19, 2013


On the north shore of Haiti, near the city of Cap Haitien, the Royal Caribbean cruise lines leases land to accommodate their cruise guests for a port of call.  This is an exclusive area - fully gated.  This area is not at all like the rest of Haiti.  There are many shops restaurants, bars, zip lining, a mountain side roller coaster, seadoos, and lots more.

Cap Haitien

This is the Citadel outside of Cap Haitien built in the early 1800's for wartime protection.

On top of the world - we're higher than the mountain tops!
 The ocean is in the far background.

Many, many people live high in the mountains - this home was on the trek up to the Citadel.

The palace of King Christophe from the early 1800's - close to the Citadel.

The rising of the full moon through the palace window.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Team at Work

The team from Oak Harbour, Washington has been hard at work since they arrived on Wednesday.  Here is what they have been doing........

Painting the Residence

Cutting wire at Tech School Shop site

Translating on the computer

At Tech School shop site

Painting the Residence

Sewing curtains

Duplex 2

Duplex #2 of the Children's Village is being parged.  It is amazing the transformation it undergoes from block to a finished look.  Our team of Haitian pargers do excellent work!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Welcome Teams....

All of us 'longer term' folks with the team who came to get the computer lab up and running and with Laurens and Louisa who came to explore the whole area of agriculture.

Our new team from Oak Harbour, Washington, arrived yesterday.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Laundry Day

Marilyn hanging out the laundry.
We enjoy the luxury of a washing machine here, but we rely on the hot sun to dry our clothes. They dry in no time in the morning sun!

Friday, November 1, 2013


This was the sight this morning as a group of students from the construction class (being offered at the Technical school) were on the roof of the school constructing a 'wall' to practice what they have been learning in the class room.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Exploring Agriculture

  Meet Louisa and Laurens.  They are here from BC exploring the possibility of developing gardens - community gardens - with the Haitians.  Laurens is a soil specialist and Louisa is a horticulturalist.

An interesting note is that they spent quite a bit of time church planting on the reserve at Hobbema, Alberta.  That is where we started our ministry.  We've had many interesting talks.

Primary Vehicles

 This is our van to transport teams and goods.  Right now it is out of use - head gasket problems. 
This is Ivon, our Haitian mechanic with Joe, our Canadian missionary mechanic.  They are working on the bobcat - it also has head gasket problems.  With these two vehicles out of service, it adds complications to our day to day operations.

Meet some of the Haiti ARISE Staff

We would like to introduce you to some of the great staff that help run the day to day operations here on the ground.......

Geanne - Office Administrator

Anel - Head Painter and many other things
including buying drinking water and fresh
bread daily
Sterling - one of three administrators of the
new Technical School

Cadet - Guard and chief purchaser of construction
(He doesn't play basketball for the Briercrest Clippers
as his t-shirt says.)

Jemsley - one of six guards how work 12 hour
shifts to keep us safe


Monday, October 21, 2013

First Team

On Saturday, we welcomed our first team.  They are from BC., and Washington state.  They are here for one week to set up the computers in the Technical school and get them online.  Also, a couple is here to explore the possibility of developing gardens here -- both for our campus and a community garden in the Children's Village when families are living there.

Welcome to.....Louisa, Tom, Darrell, Hannah, Jack, and Laurens

Friday, October 18, 2013

Night Sky

The night sky here is amazing!  When we sit on the roof top in the evening, we often just sit and stare at the sky.  It gets so dark that we can see the constellations and the occasional falling star.
The heavens do declare the glory of God!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Settled

Well, we have been here for five days and are getting settled and adjusting to the heat and humidity. So far, we are here with Cassie, a young lady here for two months to teach English.  It is very quiet, but it is a great opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the staff and practice the language.  It is pleasantly surprising how many words and phrases are coming back!
There are many good things happening at Haiti ARISE.  The church is going as strong as ever with Sunday service, Tuesday service, Thursday Prayer time. On the other days, there are Bible studies for women, men and youth.  Once a month the boy's club and the girl's club meet.
The medical clinic is running smoothly - operating three days per week.  It is fully staffed by Haitians.  There is one doctor, one male nurse, one pharmacist and a young man in reception.
The Technical school, which many teams have worked on over the last 2 1/2 years is now offering a few classes.  There are over 200 students registered and there are classes six days every week.  Some of the classrooms are used for Sunday School, so it is used all seven days per week! That's the way to use space!
The classes being offered now are carpentry, plumbing, computers, electrical, tiling, and English.  They are mostly taught be teachers from Petit Goave who found themselves out of work after the earthquake destroyed so many schools.  They are thankful to be teaching once again. There will be other classes offered later and the Bible school will meet in that building, but the classes have not yet begun for the fall session.
This is all very encouraging.....
People will start arriving later in the week -- so Cassie, Wade & I will have company here in the 'big' house.