February 8 - Team 1 in the DR
Week 1 team has arrived in the Dominican Republic!
Our route took us from Kansas City to Dallas to Miami to Santiago, DR, and we arrived in the Dominican Republic last night around 7:30pm. We were met by Kids Alive staff, Brian and Emily Veen, and a Dominican driver, who helped us load up and drove us to a Christian student camp in Jarabacoa, where we spent the night. This morning those of us who had not seen it before took a brief tour of the Ark at Jarabacoa, a fully-developed Kids Alive compound that is the model for the site we will be working on in Haiti over the next two weeks. (see photos)
Later today we will load up in a bus and drive for several hours, eventually crossing into Haiti, where we will unload at the team house in Cap Haitien. We'll go to church together in the morning.
Last night we spent some time with Jeff, the regional KA director, who gave us blueprints and plumbing parts, and walked us through the work that we will be doing in preparing the plumbing and electrical work prior to the pouring of the foundation of the house we’ll be working on. It appears that our building supplies have made it safely into Haiti, so if the weather is good, we should be able to hit the ground running on Monday.
We had a great night’s sleep after a full day of travel, and this morning we were treated to a great breakfast at the home of Brian and Emily in Jarabacoa. Soon we’ll head back to the camp to load up our luggage and gear in the bus and begin about half a day of traveling before we reach our Haiti destination.
We are well, we are excited, and we are so grateful for your prayers!
Click on images to view full-size photos. L-R: (1) The camp we spent our first night at in the DR. (2) Brian giving part of the team a brief tour of the Ark at Jarabacoa. (3) One of the houses at the Ark, similar to what we’ll be building in Haiti.