Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners - November 2013 | Hungry For Life
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A team of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) travelled to Haiti alongside HFL Team Leader Jackie Edinborough. The team was focused on providing education and opening a forum for discussions around sexual assault and violence in Haiti, providing the opportunity for people to talk about and make plans for curbing the growth of this world epidemic. They provided young women with reusable menstrual products so they do not have to miss school or other opportunities.

Additional items accomplished: 
  • 90 community leaders attended 1.5 day training around sexual assault and violence
  • 34 young women provided with washable menstrual products
  • 160 young men and women attended 1.5 hour teaching sessions
  • 1 well provided for a community

Team Testimonials:

“[One highlight I experienced was] the generosity and warmth from the people of Haiti, and also their passion and perseverance.”
“Each time I come to Haiti I am amazed at the progress, the thirst for information and their faith—it fills me up. I find peace here.”
“I’ve really learned to listen. I’m not sure I’m able to hear everything I should, but I will try harder to listen when I get home.”
“[This trip] took me out of my comfort zone and showed me just how passionate people can be.”
“I saw people who have joy. They have faith and trust in something they can’t see. It reminded me that there is more to believe in, more to trust in and that it’s not all about me.”
“I am humbled by the people of Haiti with their sense of community and their strength. It has instilled in me these qualities.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] when we were on the beach, there was a boy with us and he said he was hungry. We had an extra tootsie roll candy and gave it to him and he broke it into pieces to share with his friends further down on the beach.”
“This trip, in general, will serve as a reminder that I am not alone; I do not have to shoulder it all by myself.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] I am going to try to find a ‘church family’ that I can belong to.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to buy very little stuff. I will control my expenses and money will not be a top priority for me anymore.”

Team Blog:

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

And then we were done

Last day in Haiti

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Celebration of World Aids Day in Haiti

Hello again from Grand Goave Haiti. It is Sunday and unlike in Canada we were up very early for church. It started at 8 and went till 10:30. Lots of singing clapping and rejoicing. The pastor spoke so quickly in Creole that pastor Mark gave up translating for us.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Mango MADNESS

Our last Saturday brings us closer to departure but allows us to spend more time with our Haitian family. This morning our team had a chance to return to the beach. The vendors still remember our names and we buy a few trinkets for our loved ones at home.

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Friday, November 29th, 2013

Engaging a community of leaders

It is another beautiful and inspirational day at Haiti Arise. We continued our community session on time today at 930 am. This group of community leaders amazed us with their insight and wisdom.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

From a different perspective

It was nice to be back in Grand Goave today. It is amazing that we have been here but a short time and yet it feels like our second home. The familiar faces that we greet during the morning hustle and bustle bring a smile to my face.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A well earned rest

Our morning started with a wonderful lesson in patience. We had a lay in with a late breakfast at 8 with yogurt(first time in Haiti) and fresh bagels and then packed our things and waited to be picked up by our van that was to come at 10 am. And we waited and waited till 11 15.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Adventures in Jacmel (Bats and Bunnies)

I would like to start my post with a bit of info on our guesthouse here in Jacmel. The beds are comfortable and clean made with a fresh top and bottom sheet.

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