The time had come round again. It was just over a year since the last time I was in Haiti. It was high time for me to show my face in the workshop again.
I arrived in Port-au-Prince somewhat run down, but Ralf greeted me warmly. We spent the first night in the volunteers’ house, which has changed a lot for the better. Nicole (the best cook in all Haiti) prepared the most delicious meal for us. “Pwaso gro Sel, ak Banan e Lamm” – freshly fried fish with deep-fried bananas and breadfruit, simply delicious. I slept very well, and the next morning we were delighted to take the bus together with all sorts of patients I already knew towards Deschapelles.
We were overjoyed to see each other when I arrived in the workshop, which has improved tremendously. My days working in the workshop were over in no time at all. I had a very interesting medical device on day 3 when we drove to the hospital in Mirebalais. When we arrived we met so many patients who had been provided with various orthoses and prostheses by the workshop team. One of the patients waiting was a young girl who had an enormous scoliosis. The experienced CPO Tcho and I quickly made up a plaster cast. Within two days Tcho had fabricated a scoliosis corset from the cast that was ready to try on. I was deeply impressed by how the CPOs’ practical know-how had improved in the meantime. As always, the atmosphere in the workshop was always super, we thoroughly enjoyed working together, and we had lots of fun.
This time, too, the days shot past far too quickly, and I’d have loved to stay a week longer. I’m certain it wasn’t the last time I’ll have been in Haiti.
„Ayiti Cheriem map vini ankor“