What has changed since my last trip? One thing you see are more signs of reconstruction, although only the surface has been scratched thus far, and only something like 5% of all the earthquake rubble in Haiti has been removed, if that much. Here is one building going up:
But much of Port-au-Prince and its outlaying suburbs still consists of shanty towns and tents:
But that is not to say that there is not plenty of enterprise in Haiti. In fact everyone has to hustle to survive, so there are small businesses everywhere, whether entrepreneurs have roofs over their heads or not. Indeed, omnipresent open markets are one of the key hallmarks of Haitian society.
And Haitians, it seems, particularly in the metropolitan centers, are always on the go, whether it be by the public taxis called Tap-taps, or by the myriad motor scooters flying out of nowhere everywhere, or as you will see later, by horse or donkey.
Below, several Haitians climbing in or out of a Tap-tap:
There are trucks galore everywhere as well:
It is a wonder that everything keeps running, with so many shortages in Haiti. Well, almost everything:
Now we are getting closer to our destination:
Finally, our destination:
Moreover, ICC medical personnel, dauntless of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that rocked the entire city and most of the country, continued to work out of tents on the campus to provide what services they could in any way they could during and after the disaster. And fortunately the hospital's satellites have also continued to function in various ways. What we are looking at above is actually an outpatient clinic, although it too suffered damage. However, generous donations to Grace Children's have helped restore and expand it as well:
Yes, you are reading the words "Hockey for Haiti", and this does not refer to field hockey, but ice hockey. This plaque actually acknowledges an ongoing program set up by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and World Vision Canada to help rebuild Grace Children's Hospital. From the World Vision Canada website: