The Adventist Hospital in Diquine has four new EMT's as of Friday. Today I feel like a proud mom x 4. For eight weeks our students left their jobs, their families, and their comfort to attend the EMT program, an 8 week course provided by EMPACT-Northwest. Our students left their homes before 5am in order to reach school by 8 am, missed meals, reaching home sometimes after 7pm. Even on days where there were demonstration and people were cautioned to not travel on the roads, our students refused to miss a day of school. Out of the several weeks of demonstrations our students only missed 1 day, that's it.
They took motorcycle taxis in the rain, endured injuries and still made it to class without complaint.
To explain how proud I am of Exume, Josette, Pierre, and Rutza, I do not think I can begin to put it into words. Every Sunday they would come of their own accord to the hospital for tutoring, often staying 5 to 8 hours in order to grasp the concept. Every week they made a pact among themselves not to give up, to finish what they started in order to help change our ED and to make a difference in Haiti.
We often speak of how difficult it may be when we try to change an existing system, and how EMT's are not yet known in Haiti. We often speak of the challenges that they will face, but more so we speak of their desire, their determination to help things change.
I am so proud of our EMT's, If they are Haiti's future, we are on the right tract.