So it’s been just over a month since we’ve been here and we are really starting to feel like we belong. As many of you know, Jillian started a new job at World Concern on Tuesday as their Program Support Manager for the disaster relief. It’s a really great gig and she’s super happy to be involved in an organization that is really helping the people of Haiti. She works 8am – 5pm everyday, and might be working on Saturdays as well depending on the work load. She makes daily trips to the UN Logistics Base located on the airport tarmac to attend disaster relief planning meetings, and works directly with World Concern’s Emergency Coordinator to help rebuild a part of Port-au-Prince.
Because of Jillian’s new job, which is a one year (extendable) contract, we have just signed a one year lease on a house in Petionville! It’s a one bedroom loft house with a really great porch area and lots of space. It’s also in a very cute, wooded area of town which helps keep the temperature cool and the air clean and breathable. We really love it and move in on Saturday. We’ll post with pictures of it once we’ve moved in.
On my front, I’ve been working for the past two weeks with NBC as they had a team here following up on stories they had done just after the earthquake. Today is my first day off in 12 days, so I’m relishing in the fact that I have nothing to do…and getting really bored really quickly. One of the Haitians that I have been working with for NBC helped us get a Haitian bank account yesterday, which will help us to pay our bills here.
Unfortunately, because foreign checks take such a long time to cash in Haitian banks, nobody will take checks from our bank in the States. So for us to be able to pay our rent we had to figure out an alternative. We’ll be able to wire money to this account and pay our bills in cash, not to mention having a local bank account will help us get our Haitian Residence Permits when we get around to applying for them.
I’m getting better on the motorcycle, slowly but surely. I drive Jillian to and from work for now, until we figure out whether we are going to get a cheap car to drive around. She works about 20 minutes from where we live, so it’s not a bad drive at all.
And last but not least, the cat who belongs to Ben and Alexis, who we have been staying with for the past month, is totally preggers and is going to hopefully have kittens ASAP. Jillian and I are planning on snagging one once they are born for two reasons: 1) We need a kitten in our life, and 2) Our landlord said we “MUST” have a cat (or two) in the house or we will hear the mice running around on our roof. She decided to tell us this about 5 minutes after we had signed the lease…
It’s been a really busy couple weeks, and in the end I think Jillian and I are getting really comfortable with what our life here in Haiti is going to look like. We have a house, jobs, a motorcycle, friends here in Haiti, and we are loving it. Of course there are kinks to work out, but now that most of the major issues are resolved we can breath easy knowing that we can start to check off all the little things on our list.