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Haiti: Horrors, Some Smiles, Presidential Cheer

Posted by jetsstaff on March 17, 2010 – 10:56 am

Here is the latest report from Jets safety James Ihedigbo, who landed with his group in Haiti on Monday afternoon. We’ll have more audio, video and written reports in the next three days:

Day two is complete here in Haiti and it was full of more destruction and poverty. Words cannot truly explain the horror of seeing starving, homeless families on the street with nowhere to go or the site of a mom sitting outside her cloth-made shelter with no clothes for her baby. But that is our goal — to learn and understand the issues of these people so we can be better ambassadors back home and encourage people to help more.

Our day started off filling care bags and loading a truck with hundreds of boxes of survival supplies at the Yele compound in Port-au-Prince. The compound is also where we are staying while here in Haiti. There is nothing fancy about it. In fact, we all share one big room full of cots and air mattresses, we eat traditional Haitian meals, and the shower and bathroom facilities are very limited. However, we are so very thankful for the Yele Foundation for hosting us while we do our work here.

After the truck was loaded and care bags filled, we took a short ride to Mais Gate #44 in Place Cazeau, where we saw hundreds more starving and desperate people waiting for relief. However, we were welcomed with cheers and smiling faces.

After all the supplies were unloaded and we spent time with the kids, we were on the move again. Our next stop was Fondation Grace, an agricultural college in the town of Mirebalais. We met with farming officials and learned of the produce plans in the most agricultural part of the country.

From there we made our way back to Port-au-Prince, where we toured some of the hardest-hit areas of the city before having the privilege and honor to meet President Preval, the current president of Haiti, at the presidential palace. We found out today that President Preval wanted to meet us after hearing about our relief efforts here.

It was amazing being inside the walls of the palace, which was one of the most recognizable buildings from the earthquake. The president had some amazing things to say to us and about our work here and he even gave us a cheer: "Let’s Go Jets!"

We are all looking forward to tomorrow when we get to help more people and to visit some orphanages and teach the game of American football. That’s it for now, I’ll update you more tomorrow. If anyone wants to help out, you can visit my foundation at www.jamesihedigbo44.com or the Yele foundation at www.yele.org.

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2 Responses to “Haiti: Horrors, Some Smiles, Presidential Cheer”

  1. By Josh on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Shonn Greene was going to start this season no matter what. If the jets re-signed LT there would be no talk of losing Leon. People forget how valuable Leon was to us. We used him in slots. We used him as a wildcat. We used him for KR. He makes big plays. Theres nothing wrong with having 3 backs like the saints had. we just ride the hot hand.

  2. By Amy Punch on Mar 21, 2010 | Reply

    Big to say you would not give up no #1 draft pick for B marshall and draft a WR at no#1 anyway. Its quite a change from college to pro especially from a contact stand point. then you have to worry about how good are there routs, where as marshall is tried and tested name me one receiver that will still be available at pick #30 that would be better straight away? need i say it again this is a team built to win NOW. aslong as we are willing to conceed on the VG XPRMNT and take on another QLTY DT!

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