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Day 3 in Haiti: Searching for Some Hope

Posted by jetsstaff on March 18, 2010 – 8:00 am

Day 3 is complete and it was by far the most visual and influential day since we got here. Sometimes its hard to believe this all has actually happened. The people from Haiti are so desperate for help that no matter where we go, it’s upsetting seeing so many people just begging for anything they can get their hands on.

Our first stop this morning was to deliver a truck of supplies and water to the Jean et Marie orphanage. When we arrived, all the kids were singing a blessing to us. I’ll always remember the one song they were singing, "We’re not crying anymore, its time to go to work." For all the destruction and pain these children have been through, it brought tears to my eyes seeing how energetic and positive they all were.

Our second stop of the day was to L’Athletique d’Haiti, a sports program and training center for youth in Port-au-Prince. We met the Under-19 Soccer World Champions and actually played a short game against them — we lost 2-0! Then it was our turn. My teammates and I had the opportunity to teach the local youth some American football. There’s definitely a difference between their biggest sport and ours, but it was amazing.

On the way to the sports center our van got a flat tire as we traveled through some rural roads. The roads are really bad here — people, trash and foul smells everywhere we go, and most of them are unpaved too. Also, they are so congested because of all the destruction forcing people out into the streets. Having a flat tire allowed us to spend some time with locals and pass out some of our own food and water. They needed it more than us.

After we left the sports complex we took a road tour of Port-au-Prince on our way to the town of Kenscoff. It was a sight you can’t even imagine, just seeing how easily most of the buildings just crumbled from the earthquake. People are everywhere trying to sift through debris and rubble, searching for some form of hope.

At the town of Kenscoff we were greeted with a heroes’ welcome. The entire town of over 5,000 people came to greet us and parade us down the street, singing and dancing in joy for us just coming to visit them. In a town that needed such relief, just us showing up was enough for them to feel the power to believe things will get better. My mom, Dr. Rose Ihedigbo, was tagged as the guest of honor by the village as she was commended for all her educational work. It was a proud and glorious moment!

We don’t really have a schedule for [today], our final day in Haiti, but we’ll keep you updated on what happens. I’m sure we will find some way to help these people. Don’t forget if you want to support the relief effort here in Haiti, visit the Yele Foundation at www.yele.org.


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4 Responses to “Day 3 in Haiti: Searching for Some Hope”

  1. By The BillMan from West New York on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Powerful stuff. Great to hear our boys are lending a huge supporting hand! Let’s hope this will help to create a Haitain government that will attack corruption & allow it’s country to flourish. Maybe some of my PSL $$ will go to this cause!

  2. By Doug on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks to James,family & friends for your giving of yourselves to bring a little hope & joy to that suffering nation!
    Mr. Spicer, we Jet fans should be encouraged Antonio is mentioning God.
    Who better to go to if we desire to not to be bogus any more.He changed my bogus life.
    We all make mistakes. I’ll be praying for you Antonio!
    lOOKING FORWARD TO THIS 2010 SEASON !!! GO JETS !

  3. By Bruce on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Wonderful of these Jets to represent our Jets Nation in PAP. I just returned from 5 weeks of volunteering with HODR in the town of Leogane, Haiti, and I know that our help does matter!! Great jpb men

  4. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    I agree kudos to all who helped Haiti and my heart bleeds for all who suffered from this tragic and horrific event, that being said ..Now the aftermath healing, Diggs Haitians Athletes who ever can contribute to rebuilding this nation should now for betterment of people & country help fight the corruption, we alone gave over 3 billion over a 10 year period ..Seems to me nothing has improved need some responsible oversight money isn’t serving Haiti just the pockets of crooked politicians

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