Long time since my last blog, lack of inspiration for a while. Some crime incidents in Port au Prince put me a bit down I suppose. The first week of september one of our colleague lost his brother, shot, land conflict. Here people build houses anarchically and land property can be a big issue. The same first week of september I heard of a man killed in town, haitian american. Here the haitians who left the country and come back are called diaspora, and they’re thought to be wealthy. The same first week of september, Isabel Sola Matas a spanish religious in Haiti for 8 years devoting her life to the poors was shot in town. Here, a white person is supposed to be very rich and carrying money. Here, the street is so cruel… First week of september was too much for me. All I wanted was to go home after work and watch international TV and shift myself to the whatever comedy I was watching, there in the other world. It didn’t last too long and I got back to normal. Here, I’m learning. This week-end was supposed to be the first gay pride festival in Port au Prince, MassiMadi. But it was cancelled, not sure why, intimidation and threats of violence were mentionned. The social networks reacted quite strongly and accused a “manipulation of dominant imperialists countries that have been occupying Haiti for too long and want to divide the population right before the presidential elections coming up next week”… I then started googling and reading about the perception of the international presence in Haiti by the population. There is a bit of everything. Of course milions of US dollars in 6 years after the 2010 earthquake and the country is still as it is, can make you angry. I also found the haitian talented writer Lyonel Trouillot, his last book tells about 5 young guys dreaming about a future in their miserable district of Burial Street, near the biggest cementery of Port au Prince “where even the dead ones have to fight to find a place”. Young people “faced with the violence of social relations and the damage caused by decades of military-humanitarian occupation in their country under control of the international community”. Old woman trying to rescue “the rules of elementary humanity, rules that blithely flout the wealthy and the interchangeable representatives of global NGOs”.
I am learning with humility. The situation is complicated here. You don’t understand it in 2 months. And you go through up and downs regarding your hopes for the country and what you believe you’re doing here. Well I write “you” but it’s me!
Anyway… Before we left home for the assignment, we had a Pulse resilience training 🙂 One of the tip I took with me was this “before you sleep, sit down and try to find 3 things to be grateful for in your day”. I don’t practise it every day, but the not-easy-days I do, and it’s true it works: it makes you feel better. And you always find 3 gratitudes! Try it!
Here are some from previous weeks:
- This mango for breakfast was really so delicious
- I wrote the local quaterly magazine and my manager was sooo happy with that
- I visited some schools today and the kids are magic here
- Internet connection was good today and I could skype for a while with my loved one
- Feta cheese was on offer in the supermarket today (cheese is so ridiculously expensive here I usually don’t buy it although I so much like it)
- We had a meeting with the British embassy today, it went well and it looks like Save the Children will have their support beyond expectation
- I was so lucky to be born in France in my family!
- For the second year of the project supported by GSK on Cholera in Dessalines, 483 patients benefited from treatment, it’s more than one patient every day!
- I received the postcard my irish friend sent me during her summer at home!! All the way to Haiti!!
- They were playing Braveheart on TV this afternoon (Saturday), one of my favourite movie and I watched it with a nice cold beer and banana chips
- We visited some local well known singers and got their support for Save the Children as Ambassadors of our messages!
And the 3 for today although the day is not over yet:
- I woke up with the playlist I took from one of my best friend’s birthday party: good memories from a week-end at home in july before I came to Haiti
- I finished the 2017-Save-the-Children-in-Haiti wall calendar and I think Myrlande will like it when she comes back on monday.
- Meeting at 6:30 pm with my argentinian neighbours on the roof terrace of the building for healthy gym!
It’s Friday afternoon, thank you for reading and have a nice positive thinking week-end.