The following are frequently asked questions regarding Words In Action Haiti and the community of Qui Croit.
Claude & the rest of us in the United States volunteer our time and money. When visiting Haiti we individually fund our own plane tickets, accommodations, food, and split the cost of gas money and rental vehicles. Several team members volunteered their time and skills to get this website up and running and one of our team members even took some courses at a local technical college this past year to help her serve the people of Qui Croit more effectively!
So why doesn’t the school just buy textbooks that are written in Haitian Creole? Because they don’t exist. Haitian Creole is the primary spoken language while French is the primary written language. Simply put, authors write their textbooks in French.
In the mountain village of Qui Croit, our clinic has a small generator available but it runs only when necessary, usually when doctor teams are visiting the clinic (once every few months). It does not run every day and is fueled with regular unleaded gasoline. Like all major buildings in Haiti, the clinic is wired with 120 volt outlets and light sockets, the same ones you would find in a typical home in the United States. During our November 2017 visit the clinic didn’t have any light bulbs so we plugged in Jeremiah’s photography lights to illuminate the rooms where our doctor team would see patients.
The church and school in Qui Croit have a similar setup. They are wired for lights but the lights are not used during the day. The typical house in Qui Croit has no electricity and will likely not have access to a public grid for the foreseeable future. In several of the surrounding villages there may be a Haitian who owns a solar panel which he/she will rent out to neighbors who want to charge their cell phones.