Reflecting on Petite Montagne

A view hiking up to Petite Montagne

Last Monday Kate, Evans, Islande, Monclair, Sammi, Levi and I hiked to Petite Montagne to visit 50 families involved in the Family Security Program. We had originally planned on spending four days and three nights there, but ended up returning a day early because we finished our work faster than expected. It was an extremely successful trip and I’m grateful that we were able to visit this incredible place.

Sammi walking into the Haitian house

All together it was about a five-hour hike to the Haitian house where we stayed at during our time there. Three mules accompanied us carrying food, water and backpacks. In addition to the goods, the mules also carried Islande, Monclair, and our chef. I am amazed by the endurance and strength that the mules and horses here have in the heat and sun. About three quarters of the walk was relatively flat and there were only a few extremely steep parts of the hike, which I was thankful for after my first hike to Morne Michele.

One of the mules being prepared for the journey home

After arriving at the house, we met some people from Zamni Agrikol who we would be working with and took the rest of the day to relax. Not surprisingly, we also ate freshly picked mangos during our free time. I’ve definitely developed a sweet tooth for mangos since I’ve been in Haiti. The following two days consisted of visiting families, conducting interviews and returning home. It was interesting to compare the homes, farmland, and lifestyles of Petite Montange to other regions we’ve been to, and after coming here, I think it would be a great place for future Sewanee students to visit.

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