I have been trying to think of the words to say to sum up my mission trip to Haiti and it almost seems impossible. There were so many emotions endured during this trip: happiness when giving children toys, sadness when realizing they are orphans, gratitude when a mom would look you in the eyes and say “Messi” (thank you) for listening to her son’s lungs and prescribing Tylenol, a rollercoaster of ups and downs. As I lay in my bed tonight, with warm blankets and clean pajamas I can’t help but think of all of the people who are so much less fortunate than us in the world. No running water, no shoes, some have never seen a doctor before this past weekend. As you look through these pictures try to think of all the wonderful things you have in your life and what you should be grateful for, and if you can, in any small way, help someone out this week, or even this month. Buy someone coffee behind you in line or donate some clothes to a shelter. We need more people helping each other and spreading kindness and compassion in this world.
I struggled a lot with the language barrier and not being able to communicate with my patients… but I think the T-shirts we had made summed it up: “love needs no translation.”
Try to remember: someone always has it worse than you. So be grateful and kind. – Melissa, IMR Team Haiti
The time I spent in Haiti was brief yet so fulfilling. My only regret is that I was not there longer. There is such a great need and I encourage anyone who has the time and means, to go and help out in any way you can. This was my first time working with International Medical Relief and it will not be my last. – Saro, IMR Team Haiti