We have been in Haiti for one week. We have mastered two 4.7 aftershocks, public transportation, 5 days volunteering with a mobile clinic, a new job, and tent living. To say our nerves and determination to stay here have been tested would definitely be an understatement, but just when we think we have had enough Haiti reveals its inner beauty to us again and the addiction to this place and its people continues.
The love and support our Haitian family extends to us daily keeps us going and helps us deal with the stress our uncertain future here causes. The main questions to be answered: where will we live long term? How will we get around? How can we afford the above? Can I (Jillian) find a job? Monday morning we will begin the search for all these things and we are trying our best to remain undaunted.
The bond the earthquake has created with the people who experienced it is stronger than we expected. We have received great comfort from the calm and sense of understanding we feel in the presence of other survivors. Two of those survivors are Ben and Alexis Depp who have generously let us move in with them until we get on our feet. Their home has provided us with a haven to work through our emotions openly without judgment. They personally have been a great sounding board for us as we try to figure out our next move.
Tonight we have two bottles of wine, homemade carrot-ginger soup, and a movie on the agenda. Wish you all were here!