Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
10Trip End Nov 01, 2011
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It is now bedtime and we are feeling very blessed to be tucking in for the night within the warmth of St Joseph's Home for Boys (SJHB). From the moment we emerged from the airport to find Jackson holding a "Wayne and Pam Perkins" sign we felt safe and assured even against the backdrop of the constant dismissal of porters who desperately wanted to assist us as we made our way to the waiting vehicle – for a few American dollars, of course. Once in the van we learned that the most aggressive driver earns the right of way! What a trip and talk about an assault of one’s senses – from the tent city which is the first “community” you pass, through the pigs, goats and chickens feasting on the garbage strewn along the streets to the new buildings rising up beside ruins. And in contrast to this you see school girls in crisp, colourful uniforms, white ribbons tied to the braids, bougainvillas in full bloom and women balancing huge, colourful bowls of fruit on their heads.
Upon our arrival at SJHB we were greeted by Michael (resident founder and sage), handed a glass of cold water and hugged. A haven within this ravaged country SJHB is all about family. Immediately we were part of the daily routine as the boys arrived home from school and we gathered for reflection, prayer and the bestowing of “bravos” on each of the boys. We then enjoyed a delicious meal and camaraderie with some other guests who will be travelling with us to Jacmel tomorrow. Chapel bell goes at 5:00 am, breakfast at 6:00, departure at 8:00.