We’re Back in Haiti “Raising the Roofs”

We’re Back in Haiti “Raising the Roofs” 

Conscience International and Give Me Shelter Ministries are partnered again to do the “impossible possible.”   We’re back in Haiti to continue our “Raise the Roof” project we began last year when Hurricane Matthew blew through and damaged so many homes here.  This is our fourth trip, and we are close to replacing 100 roofs.  Our goal this trip is to replace 20 more.

Once we hit the road headed south we were met by the biggest traffic issue I’ve ever been in since coming to Haiti. It took over three hours to go three miles.  Our first stop was to see how things are going at a school in Leogane built by Conscience International after the 2010 earthquake.  It’s supported by a lady in Pennsylvania and we’re so grateful to her for the contribution. It was late when we got there but we were greeted by the staff with a nice meal and great conversation.

We spent the night in Miragoâne and got up at 5:00 AM and carried on to Les Cayes and then to the village of Cayette, Haiti to get our work started.  By day’s end we were ready for a good night’s rest.

Kenny Phillips, Conscience International Project Leader for Haiti

 

Next day…

Up early and ready to hit the ground running. There is plenty more for the local bosses to do.  The people in Cayette and Furon were so happy to see us and I was happy to see them. We did some survey work of the project and all is going as planned. By this day’s end we have nine roofs completed. Amazing! We finally met the Casec, the official controller of the area where we are working. His is an elected position, just a little lower than the mayor. He is in total support of the project.

Kenny Phillips, Conscience International Project Leader for Haiti

 

Next day…

We’re making daily progress.  If this continues we will exceed our goal of 20 roofs.  Tomorrow we will go back up the mountain and make an assessment of all the roofs that have been installed this trip.

 

Next day….

We arrived early to the drop off point and delivered the metal for one extra roof.  This one was not on our schedule but when we saw the need, we couldn’t ignore it.  It’s a long hike up the mountain to start our assessment.  Wow!  The goat trails never end and the deeper we go the more need we see. We are close to completing the roofs in Cayette so our attention will shift to Furon, the adjoining community. 

After hours of climbing, it was time to head down the other side.  Going down is easier but can be dangerous due to the steep slope.  We have completed all 20 roofs on our list and we were able to do three more not on our list.  Twenty-three roofs in four days. 

Kenny Phillips, Conscience International Project Leader for Haiti

 

Last day

Today is a time for the children from Cayette and Furon.  We arrived early and the kids were already there.  Our plan was to hand out all the dresses, shirts and shorts that the sewing team from First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach Florida had made, but when I saw how many children there were, I was sure we would not have enough.  It was so cool seeing the kids singing and dancing and then we started handing out the clothes, carefully selected by size for the child.  It was like the story of the fish and loaves. The clothes kept coming out of the bag until every child had one and the bag was empty.

We said our goodbyes until next time. We are approaching 100 roofs now and that too just blows me away.

Kenny Phillips, Conscience International Project Leader for Haiti

 

 

Let the party get started. The drop off point.

 

A  typical indigenous home.

 

The bosses are hard at work.

 

This little girl was thrown in the trash after birth. The lady witnessed this horrific event and brought this precious child home and raised her. The lady is holding an X-ray of the little girl’s heart that show that she has two holes in it.

 

Conscience International goes wherever we find need—war zones, natural disasters, refugee flows, and in places where little girls like this need roofs over their heads and medical aid where little or none exists. Please follow our stories at www.conscienceinternational.org and consider partnering with us so we can help more.  All donations are tax-deductible.