It was heartwarming to be part of a group that really functions like a family. The commitment and dedication and pure love, respect and admiration that is mutual between the members of this organization and the local population is unique and inspiring. Gail Braun the team leader and head RN sets the tone and she is truly an incredible healer and human being. Lisa Dragna another veteran of the team leads by her strong sunny disposition and fierce dedication. The local pastor welcomes us and feeds and shelters and protects us as family.
As a Pediatrician I was at first worried about seeing adult patients. But we were well prepared. I brought my teenage son on our trip to volunteer as well. It was life changing. He had been learning about Dr. Paul Farmer and his work in Haiti in his school in the US in the preceding months. Nothing could prepare him though for how he was touched by the people and their plight.
There are things we do in life that ripple , and that ripple touches us as much as others. Going to Haiti is that kind of experience. You will come back and realize that you now have another family. A family that you cannot stop caring for, and will want others to meet.
I hope you give yourself the gift of Haiti.
- Debbie Walhof M.D