We drove two cars down the mountain to meet at Phillippe Armand’s office complex to borrow his parking so we could meet with the Blue Tarp Group. We started with a quick greeting in a posh conference room, which given our next destination was quite the contrast.

We all crammed into two cars for the drive into Cite Soleil. I’ve seen pictures and heard much about this “worst slum in the western hemisphere,” but had never been here, so was bracing for the worst. As we drove in and around, I realized that it didn’t seem much worse than pretty much any street in post-earthquake Port-au-Prince. With all the tents and garbage and chaos, the capital city had become nearly as bad as Cite Soleil itself.

The school itself was wonderful. The kids were bright and enthusiastic. The teachers were motivated. We decided upon a class to do the pilot with and showed them a laptop, which was pretty much the highlight of the day.

We all went off to meet at a nearby hotel (with a pool!), then Bonnie and I went to the Visa Lodge for lunch (which also had a pool). We decided to try to meet with FONHEP at 3pm, but traffic along Rue de Delmas was so bad that we didn’t get there until 4:30! We even picked up an unexpected passenger in the back of the pickup, who disappeared as mysteriously as he appeared.

FONHEP was great. Both women were very receptive and enthusiastic about the Waveplace program. Their organization is connected with some 6000 schools in Haiti, so this meeting could have long term benefits.

We met Hannah, Peter, and John at our third posh restaurant for the day, La Reserve. There we met a man and a woman that run a school and tent camp. They seemed very receptive to my presentation, telling me that my passion was clear, etc, etc. I was too tired to remember what I said, but several commented on my effectiveness.

Bonnie and I headed up the hill, making one tricky wrong turn along the way, then ate quickly. It was a long day.

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