Dr. Maureen's Blog


This is my way of staying connected with friends and family while I travel to Haiti on a medical relief trip. I am so grateful to have an opportunity to help with the devastation in Haiti and expect it to be challenging, intense and most likely a very moving experience. Thank you to everyone who became a part of the effort by donating medical supplies and encouraging me to take this trip. Please send love, humor and support this way because I may need it! Thanks, everybody!
After church we went to have lunch at Dr. Maud’s house, which was unaffected by the earthquake.  This woman is her next door neighbor, and as you can see her house collapsed and folded in upon itself.  She and others were trapped inside, but she was fortunate to be pulled out from it.  The emotional trauma of this has her periodically yelling at the dead people who were trapped and killed inside.  This was really sad to witness.  She and her sister now live in the small space in front of her house and have set up a little cooking area with many cans of food.  This is the reality now for many people.  The rains are coming and many people will sleep in the rain.  The average household income is $US350 per year.  A tarp is too expensive for many families to buy. We’re getting ready to leave in a few days and it’s hard to fathom what these people will do and how they will survive. The rains will spread disease.  We come from a country with such abundance and it’s hard to imagine being in a situation where you literally don’t have food or shelter.  I hope the world continues to intervene and attempt to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure.  It may be their only hope.

After church we went to have lunch at Dr. Maud’s house, which was unaffected by the earthquake. This woman is her next door neighbor, and as you can see her house collapsed and folded in upon itself. She and others were trapped inside, but she was fortunate to be pulled out from it. The emotional trauma of this has her periodically yelling at the dead people who were trapped and killed inside. This was really sad to witness. She and her sister now live in the small space in front of her house and have set up a little cooking area with many cans of food. This is the reality now for many people. The rains are coming and many people will sleep in the rain. The average household income is $US350 per year. A tarp is too expensive for many families to buy. We’re getting ready to leave in a few days and it’s hard to fathom what these people will do and how they will survive. The rains will spread disease. We come from a country with such abundance and it’s hard to imagine being in a situation where you literally don’t have food or shelter. I hope the world continues to intervene and attempt to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure. It may be their only hope.