Saturday, May 25, 2013

Greeted By Angels

Woke up at 4 AM today to get to the airport for an early morning trip to Miami. After an uneventful flight, we had a quick early lunch in the airport and then boarded a plane to Port au Prince.
After another uneventful flight, we collected our bags, and walked out of the airport into a chaotic scene of people shouting, pointing and otherwise trying to get us to take their transport.
We boarded the cars already waiting for us there and started out  on a 3 mile journey that, because of "creative traffic maneuvering" by cars, trucks, buses, Tap Taps (look it up), motorcycles and people just walking into the street, took us about an hour to arrive at the Zanmi Beni orphanage.
When we arrived, everything else was quickly forgotten when we parked next to a playground full of children who, as we stepped out of our cars, ran up to us with arms extended, asking to be picked up/
We spent the next hour happily holding, hugging, and playing with smiling, laughing children.
It was like Angels Welcoming Us To Heaven.

It's been a long day of travel and most of us are ready for bed.
Tomorrow morning, Dr Forsythe and I will begin evaluating the children and offering suggestions about ways to improve their positioning, feeding, comfort and function.
It should be fun.

Bonswa !

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