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This morning I was sort of down and found myself calling friends from afar to lift my spirits. They were not answering the phone but at least I felt better that I knew people who were true friends. I wrote a few emails, mostly in response to ones I received but find that emails often lead to more confusion than clarification, especially when it comes to feelings.
Someone from our journey to Haiti last spring wrote our group and I sent out to the same group an inquiry about Daniel Tillas, our guide and friend in Haiti. I sent a copy to Daniel and he wrote back saying our busy he has been the last few months but how he still hope to make it this way someday and check out Growing Power. Daniel has a garden for the youth in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest areas of Haiti called the Tap Tap garden. Tap Tap comes from the sound you make taping your food on the floor in the back of trucks used for transportation when you want it to stop and let you off.
On a hot humid day like today I think often of Haiti. There it is much hotter and humid and there is no air conditioned house or store to step into. Here it is hard to work in the garden for a period of time on hot days but the people of Haiti would be glad to work on any job on any hot, humid day. Despite all the press Haiti got after the earthquake a few years ago it remains still the poorest country in the world and one that has been reduced to near slavery by hands of USA and other powers. How the people of Haiti keep hope alive and are so loveable is hard to imagine and gives me hope and smile on an inner dark day like today. In the darkness of today’s world the people of Haiti, poor and oppressed, remain a ray of hope and blessings.