March 30th, 2011
I slept pretty well last night and I woke up with fewer mosquito bites than I feared. My right hand does have six big ol angry bites because while sleeping I stuck my arm outside of the fan coverage. I didn’t know how much mosquitos hated blowing air.
Yesterday was a good day. By the end of this trip I may actually come back home an optimist. Over the last year I have heard a lot about Sean Penn and the NGO he created after the quake. I always kind of scoffed at the idea -assuming he was just another Hollywood narcissist with white guilt and not enough hobbies.
Jeanmary and I actually went to his camp yesterday. The NGO Mr. Penn created is called J/P HRO. From what we saw… the camp he oversees is everything it was made out to be. The area is very large; the roads were strong and clean. The camp appeared to actually be functioning on some type of system - the residents were not just sitting around on their thumbs; people were moving around doing things… some were even working. It was impressive. Jeanmary remarked that he had never seen a camp like that before.
I was asked very nicely by the staff to not take pictures. They gave me some cards so that I could contact the right people and get permission to photograph the camp. I’ll reach out and give it a shot. If not this year, maybe next.
Later, we visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. People are in there chopping away at the rubble and hauling it out. It was much easier this time to walk around inside the building.
The Michels have been amazing. At night, we sit around talking for hours. I feel at home here.