Woke at the Oloffson, had coffee, and walked to our truck, only to find a flat tire.  Looks like I’m keeping up with my average of one flat tire per trip.  We found a Haitian to change the flat (glad we didn’t have to muss up our suits for this) and later fix the tire.  After a quick drive to the ICT event, we walked in just as Michel DeGraff was giving his talk.  It was good to hear about his further progress at the Maténwa Community School, a project which Waveplace started in 2010.

After some great presentations and a few one-on-one talks with Guy Serge Pompilus, Genevieve Douyon, and the presenter from Accenture, we headed back down the hill to meet our trainers at the Oloffson.  It was wonderful to see all of them again … (left to right) Zo, Michena, Elisabeth, and Evens.

After catching up with each other and waiting for Adam (“Ou est Adam?”), we got in the truck, but not before some impromptu shots of Zo and Michena.

I found my way to the AMURT headquarters where we were let into the room with 400 boxes from all over North America, sent by individual laptop donors.

We set up a dismantling line with me heading things off by taking photos of all of the return addresses, so we can later send thank you letters to the donors.  As I was doing this, I would yell out, “California”, “Rhode Island”, “Hawaii”.  Something about opening all these boxes and hearing where they are all from, especially with Haitians helping, feels really great.  It’s a way to remember each of the individual sacrifices that make our work possible.

After a few hours, we had opened 126 laptops and created a pretty large garbage pile for AMURT to clean up (apologies for the lack of focus).

We packed all the laptops into the backseat, with four people riding in the back of the truck, then drove home in the dark to Oloffson after a few missteps.  After our 126 laptops were safely in the Jonathan Demme room, we discussed expense reimbursements, which turned into a vigorous discussion, then ate dinner together.  The trainers were a bit shocked by the prices at the Oloffson, so that may be our last meal together. I gave them all $15 USD per day for food, allowing them to spend it as they like.  I expect they will all spend a fraction of it and keep the rest.

Later that night, I got my first suspicion for what was to define my next day. I’d clearly caught a bug.

One response to “D3) Flats & Boxes”

  1. Kevin Mark says:

    great to see the boxes, sorry to hear about the bug, may it pass quickly.

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