Westbow Construction - April 2013 | Hungry For Life

April 2013: ,

A team of 11 people, including HFL staff Edith Watt, travelled to Caiman, Haiti to work alongside United Christians International (UCI). The objectives for this trip were two-fold: first, to expose and educate the team to some of the harsh realities of poverty and encourage ongoing active participation in caring for the poor as a result; secondly, for them to work on the village Westbow is creating and funding in Caiman.

Read the trip blog.

Community projects: 
Additional items accomplished: 
  • From the feedback of each team member during the re-entry debrief, the first objective was accomplished. Most of them talked about a change in what they viewed as important prior to the trip and that they will financially help UCI (i.e. child sponsorship)
  • The UCI construction manager does not have the expertise on how to lay out a viable site plan, so it was timely for Dick and the team to be there at this stage of the project. The team contributed significantly towards this
  • 500 lbs. of used clothing and toiletries  were given to school children (5-9yrs.) from 10 classes
  • Team members laid out the Village de Canaan site for 30 future homes
  • 1 person helped with the construction on the first home for Village de Canaan.
  • Attended the baptism of 25 Haitians
  • Attended two church services, one team member preached
  • 350 pouches of dirt were put together for coffee plant distribution by 2 of the team members

Team Testimonials:

“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] seeing the poverty, I obviously knew about it but witnessing first hand is another story. It gives you a new appreciation for all your many blessings.”
“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] I have two sisters that my family adopted from Haiti. To imagine them in this setting breaks my heart and inspires me to pray for and help these kids.”
“[This trip has impacted me to] the importance of community and of working together to bring about change.”
“[The experiences of this trip] taught me to never be disappointed with the connections you make with the most unlikely people.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] seeing kids running around with a shoe that has half of it missing or no clothes, not by choice but because they have nothing. I am truly am so blessed. I hope I can use my blessings to bless others.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] hearing about Jean-Jean growing up on a dirt floor and getting tape worms from it and how they now have 289 homes in this community with cement floors. It seems like such a simple thing to do.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to change my wants and become less selfish. To lessen my waste and be aware of what I have already.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] I think my appreciation for clean and abundant supply of water is huge now. I have never been deprived in this area so it was a definite eye opener.”