Recently, De La Salle Collegiate Campus Minister Brian Barker and Brother Ken Kalinowski visited Haiti. This is Brother Ken’s account of their visit:
I arrived in Haiti, with a group of 8 Lasallian teachers from Eastern North America (two from Toronto, two from Baltimore, and two from Philadelphia) expecting the worst due to the reputation of the country, but not really realizing what we would see. We left leaving Metro Detroit in the mid 50’s, and arrived in Haiti in mid 90’s heat and humidity. At the airport in Haiti, hundreds of people are waiting for each plane, looking for relatives, or hoping to help visitors to a car with the bags – expecting money to help them survive. 1 US dollar is worth 65 Haitian dollars, and everywhere we went – the preference was for American money.