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September 16, 2016
My trip to Haiti
Located in the Caribbean, Haiti has the highest rate of poverty in the western hemisphere. Not only is Port-au-Prince the capital, it is also known as the most crammed city of Haiti. This summer I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of visiting Haiti on a mission trip with my church. We went to help educate the families of Port-au-Prince on how important and beneficial it is to have clean water. We met numerous people who were eager to use the water filters we brought with us from the United States. My trip to Haiti was a remarkable experience to me that will forever be stained in my memories. The country altered my perspective on life, enlightened me on a new culture, and exposed me to a life less fortunate then my own causing me to be more appreciative.
One of the reasons the trip held such significance to my life was due to the impact of life changing events and situations that occurred. One of the issues I was able to witness were the kids attending school. Contrary to my assumptions, there were not as many kids enrolled in school. Almost all of the schools in Haiti are private with a tuition fee for transportation, books, and mandatory uniforms. The tuition creates a barrier for an abundance of students because of their parent’s financial instability. People tend to take the smallest things for granted. Two out of three Haitians live on $2 a day. In the United States, we are lucky to have a stable system in which provides us with financial assistance in aspects of our lives. There is more than a dozen of kids less than twelve years old who are homeless, and one hundred thousand children that suffer from malnutrition under five years of age. The system of education and government are opposite of what we are accustomed to. Most people in the United States have the opportunity to be helped if they really want to, unfortunately Haiti doesn’t have the resources and technology we have.
As previously stated, my summer vacation has aided in my gain of cultural knowledge. Learning about a new culture has increased my interest in traveling to other countries. I was enlightened on the different products and foods they make as well as popular spots to dine at. A typical meal in Haiti seemed very similar to American food, but had a totally different taste. Most of the meals we had were home cooked. In addition to learning about the third world country we got the chance to worship at a Methodist Church. Being at the church showed us how much the people in the country took pride of being in church. All of the men had on their finest suites and the women their finest dresses. Throughout the service we admired their beautiful singing without any instruments or music playing. We also admired how the kids were in touch with the word and taking notes, despite of a dog wondering in the crowd. It was an amazing experience to be able to learn about a new culture and being able to branch out from American food.
Finally, after five long days of being away from home it made me realize how appreciative I was. I didn’t realize that some things I had to sacrifice for the next five days, such as water and air conditioning would mean the world to me. We were not allowed to use any water that came out of the faucet. We were instructed to use the water dispensers that were placed throughout the house with filtered water. In addition to the water, there was no air condition at certain times of the day. At approximately ten at night the air would turn on and shutoff at seven in the morning. The air system worked like this in most Haitians house because at seven in the morning they would be at work. Comparing the life, I live on an everyday basis to Haitians it made me appreciate life more as well as stop complaining about the little things I don’t have.
Every day is a blessing. Looking at life from different perspectives can give you a different outlook on life. After visiting Port-au-Prince, I tended to think about others first before myself, and begin to complain less about the things I didn’t have.
Every day is a blessing. Looking at life from different perspectives can give you a different outlook on life. After visiting Port-au-Prince, I tended to think about others first before myself, and begin to c