From the Field: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Written by: Howard Chen
Note: Howard Chen is a professional photographer volunteering with Physicians for Peace on this outreach mission at Camp Jake - a summer camp for the disabled in Haiti - organized by The Red Thread Promise with physical therapy training provided by Physicians for Peace.
When I arrived to Port-au-Prince, Gale from Healing Hands for Haiti was kind of enough to arrange the driver to take me back to the airport and get my lost luggage. On Thursday, Patricia from Catholic Medical Mission Board was very hospitable and gave me a tour for the entire day. I took some photos at the amputee clinic and saw all the great work they are doing.
On Friday, I went to the new Healing Hands for Haiti facility and was very impressed. Took photos of the facility and the generator. They had also arranged a group of physical therapy sessions so that I could get some photos of Alise and the work they are doing at the facility. We then traveled to the Healing Hands for Haiti prosthetics lab to take more photos and meet some of the students and technicians. Overall it has been a great experience and so far and I've captured some great memories.
Camp Jake has been terrific in just the short time I've been here. There are so many photos I would love to send, but the internet is very slow. In one, Jake McCrowell is providing physical therapy to Auggy in the water. Normally Auggy is confined to a wheelchair, but Jake has been able to get him to stand in the water. Also, Auggy stood up for his first time last night at dinner!
More to come...