Tragic. My mind immediately went to thoughts of those precious people I met in the Dominican Republic, some of them Haitian Dominicans. Haiti and the DR share the island Hispanola, and so I wondered how such a huge earthquake could be so detrimental to Haiti and not have effected the DR.
Today at school my regular Clinic Instructor was sick and unable to be there, and so we had another CI come to fill his spot. She happened to be the CI at our school that is from the DR. I finished early (which never happens) and I started chatting with her. She is the sweetest woman. I asked if she had heard about the earthquake, and she said she was up all night watching and trying to get in touch with her family, because (like me) she wondered if it had effected the DR. I told her I was also curious to hear about the DR because of the time I spent there, and then we began talking about the DREAM project and what it was all about.
She told me she was overjoyed to hear about the volunteers offering their time and help to the Dominican children. She began to sob softly and just looked at me and said thank you, thank you.
She didn't know how much that meant to me. I'm surprised I didn't start crying.
Instead I just said that I love those children and all the people there and that I hope to go back to offer more help after I graduate.
Sometimes I need to watch the news. I need to be reminded that there is so much more to do, because I have so much more love to give.
*I have heard that the Dominican felt the quake but there was no reported damage*