Haiti was a wonderful experience! It was definitely an eye opener in many different aspects and gave us ALL a greater appreciation for the resources we have back home. Every day was a new adventure! The most rewarding part of the trip was visiting the various tent cities and distributing toys along with food amongst the children and adults. Professor Eller brought along small containers of bubbles for us students to handout to the children. It was amazing to see the smiles on their face running around with other children and giggling with each other.
After visiting numerous places around Haiti, it was sad to see their style of living. In America, we are blessed to have a house, doctors, a job and food to eat. In Haiti, majority of the residence live in tents, suffer from starvation and experience sudden deaths due to illnesses because a doctor is too expensive to afford.
Partners In Development was an organization we worked for that had reshaped many Haitian lives over the years. We visited various families that lived in houses constructed by PID. These families were overwhelmed with appreciation to have a roof over their head and some even shredded tear when expressing their feelings towards PID’s help. Not only has PID reached out to families in a need of a home, then have changed the lives of many children who are malnourished and behind in school. I would like to say thank-you Partners In Development, Professor Eric Eller and Upper Iowa University for allowing us students the opportunity to visit and help out a community in need. For those of you that have not partaken in a mission, make this a goal in your life. This experience was heartwarming and the ability to help others in need was very rewarding.