9.29.2008

9.13.2008

Wow the last four days have been incredible. I am here in the country of Haiti and it has been quite a wild ride. From being mobbed at the airport by people wanting to help us carry bags (because they needed money) to riding for 3 hours in the back of an old pickup truck over nonexistent roads to get to a village where some of the inhabitants have never seen a white person before, then buying gas out of gallon jugs for $13 US a gallon because the gas stations are out of gas...it has been intense to say the least.

There are so many people here, and most of them have no jobs (because there are none) and no money (because there are no jobs) and no food (there is no money)...it is incredibly sad.

But then again there are the people like Allan and Vlademir and Joelle who have educated themselves (or come to the US for an education), and wow what a difference it makes. Education is so powerful. I am so glad I was forced to go to school. I have met people who have never even held a pencil before - they wouldn't even know how to sign their name. This is why they have ni power to better themselves and better the state of their country - first of all they don't know how and second of all they just don't know any better.

I am going to come back from this trip not only incredibly appreciative of what I have, but also with a more motivated pursuit of truth. Ignorance may be bliss, but it takes knowledge to realize it.

More stories to come from Haiti! Here is a pic near the village I was talking about...Love Love Love!!!


-Jessi


9.09.2008

mmm taco bell

well, we made it to ft lauderdale! praise the Lord we weren't deterred by any weather; everyting has gone quite smoothly, and we are looking forward to our flight to HAiti tomorrow morning. we were surprised by a free hotel stay (thanks to dr. reynolds, the woman we are travelling to haiti with) for the night...we had originally intended on staying overnight in the airport so this was a magnificent surpise. and then of course we walked down to taco bell for our last "american meal" before we leave tomorrow morning for haiti. i am so excited about the trip. stephanie and paul are talking now about video ideas and the footage that they want to capture on the trip. i can't wait to see what we come back with. for those of you who wanted more info on what we are doing in Haiti, you can check out the Bedouins blog or go to our facebook group for a description of the project.

love you guys mucho!

On my way to Haiti...

Hey guys, for those of you who don't know, I am leaving for Haiti today! I will be down there for 10 days with Bedouins International to help document and provide media for the people down there. Our original intention was to provide media for a school down there and for a project that will help provide the families with a sustainable income. This would be huge considering the fact that most of the people who live down there have no job and no way to get one. Now we will also be covering the destruction due to the storms that went through there.

We're about to leave so I can't write much more, but please keep up with my blog and with the Bedouins blog (www.bedouinsinternational.org/blog) to keep up to date with what we're doing.

Love you guys!

Jessi