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Old 02-27-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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with your background d' you can be VERY useful...

organizing and prioritizing is a huge part of any successful program.


and i agree with melody ranch on these things...

boots are NOT needed, especially if you r doing admin/medical stuff and not hard labor.

my footware was ALL running shoes.

i tried sandals but in the remote areas (like isle de la gonave) the rocky terrain ate my toes...

and KEENs didn't exist yet. i'd wear those now for sure.

but ALL of my clothing was simple, basic and tolerant of salt water washing or NO washing at all.

access to FRESH water for anything but drinking is very very limited.

and "skip the missionary crap" is exactly right too.

they don't want or NEED those things. they need clean water, basic sanitation and preventive medical services...

MOST of the major medical relief provided is impressive at first glance but really a DROP in the bucket

and the after effects are GONE like foot prints in the sand before a rising tide.

the REAL medical help they need is training their OWN people to provide medical care and preventive services.

they do need food RIGHT NOW, but again that's not going well because of WHAT is being provided and how it's handled locally.

the haitians did NOT used to be trained to beg or desire western STUFF,

now as a result of TOO MUCH 'kindness' and giving from soft hearted missionary types...

they are trained to DISPLAY something horrible (like a leg with elephantiasis) and beg, especially in urban zones.

ok this has got NOTHING to do with 'streams so i'll stop hogging your thread...

it will be an adventure 2 be sure. stay strong and stay positive!


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Old 02-27-2010, 07:38 PM   #16
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Good for you Dannie. A good hard soled leather hiking boot may be best for most any conditions which may or may not be muddy. Is there something you can bring for dysentery and other such diseases? I know there's a doctor in the house.


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Old 02-28-2010, 04:20 AM   #17
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I am not going as a "missionary"-just a nurse. I think all volunteers get tagged "missionary" with the religious conotations. I believe in working within their culture. I had to laugh when a Voodo priest stated "They are going to "save" us from what? We are just fine." Right now the most basic human needs need to be met. I will leave the "Missiom" work to others. I have refrained from commenting on the group that got arrested-they were wrong.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:20 AM   #18
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Hmmmm. Thinking the sandals route, I found some lightweight sandals at that are made of recycled materials, come in a couple of colors, are very comfortable and a solid/non-porous item that can be scrubbed/washed when needed.

As a nurse, you know the need for comfortable shoes but also ones that won't encourage you to trip and fall as you are bustling about.

Let us know what you end up choosing. We are interested in your humanitarian adventure.

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Old 02-28-2010, 07:57 AM   #19
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Gene, Thank you for your support. I will be carrying a medcation for the what ifss(Cipro/immodium etc) I am trying to cover all the baes but like learning to tow the AS there will be a learning curve!!LOL
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:36 AM   #20
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Danalee, I personally have had no experiences with a Hatti type situation but, in my mind..something like a croc type show that's easy to wash (repeatedly), easy to slip in and out.. Plus, don't forget. when you get ready to leave, you could leave em behind for someone else??
Here's a link..the shoes are less than 20$..
Sports Authority - Footwear: Womens: Crocs: Last Chance - Womens Crocs: Search for
Good luck on your upcoming trip~~How long??
Just thinking, these could be an extra pair of shoe to use as needed..?
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I have no experience with the terrain in Haiti and the devastation around Port-au-Prince... but I am someone who *loves* all sorts of shoes.... except Crocs. They offer no support and can actually be harmful to your tootsies, especially if there's rocky or uneven terrain. Sure - they may be comfortable for some, but I would imagine you're going to want to protect your feet, right?

I'd second the vote for something like a Keen sandal - they won't become soggy, they offer toe protection and arch support.

That is, if the area where you're working in isn't covered in toxic mud... which I hope it's not! Good luck on your adventure.
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