Thursday, February 10, 2011


Been reports of aftershocks, but we haven't felt any. This week we visited a community in the Central Plateau that suffered earthquake damage. People are still living in tents as this area has received little attention.

There are several sand pits used to quarry sand for concrete. During the earthquake, there were slides and 9 men were buried alive.

We will be building houses in one community. The entire area has no water, except for the rainy season when they catch the water in barrels. They have to ride to the next town to purchase water for about $1 for five gallons. The area we visited where one family lives is covered in white salty dust. It looks like snow and creates this eerie vista of dry, ghostly shrubs and trees.

We also visited a reforestation project where they are growing moringa trees, great trees that are being cultivated globally to combat poverty and malnutrition. The leaves can be crushed into a powder and used for baking to increase the nutritional content of food, as they contain vitamins a,b,c and protein. The people maintaining the nursery are all volunteers who want to save their crops and homes from floods. They understand the importance of reforestation.

Today we are going about the town to do food and medical distributions. Saw the palace yesterday, it's still crumbled and leaning, a sad reminder that many things have not changed since the quake last year.


Dana Alma said...

Bless you Bonnie for posting on what you have seen in Haiti. It is a sad fact that many forget the levels of dispair the Hatians live in. When I see the look of gloom in the eyes of the children, it turns my stomach. Progress is slow and it is so frustrating to watch. Thanks again for posting.

Norah Wilson said...

Bonnie, thanks for the update. So sad. Glad to hear of the reforestation efforts. Take care of yourself. You are amazing.

Bonnie Vanak said...

Thanks Dana and Norah. I hope you both have a good weekend!

sally said...

Dear Bonnie,
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. We all need a wakeup call and stop each day to count our blessings. And, whenever possible, to give back as you do and try to save a life, whether human one or animal, who these days seem to need us more than ever, too.