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Fiammetta Field Diary: February 2, 2010
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 00:00


February 2, Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Sometimes it happens that even in the worst situations signs of hope come to us, the little things that at other times would not have great significance and instead become decisive in the context of the moment. Between yesterday and today two things happened.

The first: yesterday the sky was alarmingly overcast, and heavy black clouds here say only one thing: rain. We were nervous all day, thinking of our blue tents, so precarious, given the violence of the Caribbean rains ... Instead! Miracle! It is not raining! Okay, I know you will say that happens a lot of times, but not here: when it darkens like this in these parts, it always rains. So we really breathed a sigh of relief!

A second thing that happened, after days of arguing with staff, telling them not to send friends and acquaintances with their curricula to teach school because at this time we need trained, capable and experienced social workers, and no one else. And for days in fact we did not interview any others except these people.

Instead today, surprisingly, just as the children were once again clamoring for school, in front of me appears a former employee, an education director who I had not seen for at least three years. And what does he tell me? That his school is gone and he can no longer teach, and he has lost his home and now lives with his family at the new camp on Route Neuve.

Well, it seemed destined. We hired him immediately and tomorrow ... we begin! The usual Jean Philippe has unearthed three boxes of books and notebooks, and Simon has promised to raise the other two tents in record time. Tomorrow, school. We can’t wait!


Fiammetta Cappellini


Source: Il Sussidiario

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