(about Sunday)

The blue wooden sailboat rocks up and down, side to side. I desperately try to keep my stomach from flying out of my mouth. I look over at Bill and Chris and they are motionless (but I later learn that they are pretty much thinking the exact same thing as me).

We woke up at three in the morning to leave Matènwa and make it to the 6am boat ride to Port-au-Prince. Bill and I rode in the back of a big pick-up truck filled with luggage. We laid all the luggage down in a cozy arrangement and then sat right on top of everything, but the cushioning still wasn’t enough to battle La Gonave’s infamous roads (perhaps “boulder-infested climbing path” is a better way to describe it). Our bodies flung around in the truck’s bed with each dip and climb. But at this point, we’re veterans, so we don’t mind so much.

The boat ride is beautiful, albeit moderately sickening. When we arrive we soak in some rays on the beach before Chris’ friend picks us up. By this point, it’s about 10am. We drive through town and get celebratory ice creams for everyone as a congratulations for making it this far on some pretty sleepless travel. It is Bill and my last day and what a great last day it is.

At John Engle’s house, Merline greets us with pumpkin soup and fried plantains (a woman after my own heart). We listen to Merline’s brother, Alex, lead a church’s youth choir through a concert for their parents. The songs they sing are about Haiti, about their identity, about their faith. They are truly beautiful.

There are some Americans visiting John’s tonight, a church group from Michigan. They visited Darbonne a few days ago and were impressed with the students there, whose eyes had lit up when they were asked about the computer program. “We LOVE our computers!!” They had exclaimed. The visitors said that they had never seen students so enamored with a lesson while sitting outside before. It really was magic to them.

We are so proud of our mentors and everything we have been able to accomplish together in the program thus far. Thank you to everyone who has been reading this blog- you will certainly hear more from us as things develop. Tonight we are relaxing and toasting our success. After that we’re getting right back to work- trying to get some more lesson plans developed, checking in with our incredible mentors, and watching 200 of Haiti’s children from afar as they make history.

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