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Friday, March 18, 2016

Rayjon Awareness Trip to Haiti
March Break 2016

Margaret's Blog- Day 3

Today we visited the elementary school in Gilbert.  We rode in the back (except me, I rode in the cab) of a truck to the outskirts of the village of Gilbert and then we all walked about an hour to reach the school and medical clinic.  Up until today, we had really only seen the land from the road which looked very dry and barren but on the walk we were able to see the variety of food that is grown in Haiti.  We saw cultiviated tomatoes, yam, sugar cane and rice.  The walk was very pretty but it was a good climb and although the locals were almost running up, it was a bit of a struggle for us.  When we reached Gilbert, we took a tour of the clinic and then we had a chance to engage with the children as we brought crayons and paper with us for them to make cards.  Joanna had given a talk about Haiti to her grandaughter's class and they had made cards for the children in Gilbert.  So in return, she asked that they make cards for the children in Sarnia. The children were so easy to interact with despite the language barrier.  All we had to do was smile and admire their art work and they beamed.  The teenagers in the group were really engaged with the children. After lunch some of the girls played a bit of soccer and volleyball with some of the children.

Then we were able to visit another adult literacy class since the school is used for adult literacy later in the day.  Once again we were impressed by the enthusiasm of the adult students.

At the end of our visit we ended up riding back in the truck rather than walking back down as everyone was very tired.  However, the ride in the truck was very rough and very very low. 

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