Monday, January 25, 2010

A Place to Heal

Chris is currently without an internet connection, so he sent this update at 11 p.m. (midnight his time) via text message:

Today at Fond Parisien we hit the ground running on our settlement for patients and families living at clinics in the surrounding area. It's a good thing, too. The clinics are doing incredible work, but they're set up primarily to take care of patients. Children have nothing to keep them busy. Adults have nothing to do. And there's very little privacy for families.

Our settlement is ready to accept patients tomorrow. Today we got 20 large tents up and dug and built latrines. Thanks to many generous donors, we have lots of supplies for the camp, too. And the camp will have spaces for children to play and adults to relax.

New patients continue to arrive at the clinics, and there isn't enough space. We got our settlement up and running in the nick of time. I was glad I got the chance to help set up the tents. I'm back in Port-au-Prince now. I hope to see the settlement again, this time with people there and patients continuing to heal.

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