Saturday, January 30, 2010
As we say back home in Texas, this boy is plumb tuckered out!
Today was the first time in my life I had to get rid of a live one. Fee Fee was discharged from the hospital today; she has no home, family, or friends, appears to be in her 80' s, and is in full torso splint. We all knew that to put her on the street would mean death, and for some reason all the nursing staff decided she was my responsibility. After feeling helpless for a few minutes we loaded her into the back of a tap tap truck, and I had our driver take us on a wild ride that eventually ended at the missionaries of charity's convent. Fee Fee is not on the street tonight.
Brother Jim Boynton,SJ
Friday, January 29, 2010
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Brother Jim Boynton,SJ
Dear Mr. Wood:
We have received word of the excess baggage charges that were applied to your trip to Santo Domingo. We very much appreciate the work that you and your team are doing for the people of Haiti.
Clearly there are times when exceptions to our baggage policies should be made, and this is quite obviously one of those times. We have refunded the baggage charge that you paid. If there are other team members who need to be refunded, kindly have them contact me at www.aa.com/customerrelations. Be sure that they reference my name in their message.
Please be aware that all contributions from this point WILL NOT be directly benefiting the relief effort in Haiti.
HOWEVER, Team Rubicon has decided to continue changing the face of disaster response. We promise to provide you, our donors and supporters, full transparency as we move forward to prepare for the next disaster, wherever it may strike in the world. This will be an ongoing and evolving process, but you can expect to remain fully informed throughout its development.
Hi,This is traumabob. I deployed with team Rubicon for 6 days. I was extremely dissapointed with the state departments treatment of volunteers leaving Haiti. They made us sign a promissary note promising to pay 300-400 dollars to leave Haiti on a military cargo plane to Florida. These planes came in with food/cargo and were leaving empty anyway to restock in Florida. When we found this out, we were going to leave and travel to DR for a plane out. We were then misinformed that the form was only for loans for people once the arrived in Florida and needed money to go further on their trip. After our bags were loaded, another state department employee demanded the promissary note stating we were going to be charged for the flight. At that point we had no choice because our bags were already stowed so we took the flight. I am extremely dissapointed in our State department.One thing that Team Rubicon WILL do is continue to expose the ridiculous policies of our Government, large NGOs, the US Military, etc. Please, if you have a connection, ask the State Department why volunteers are being forced to foot the bill for empty flights to the States.
Jake Wood, Team Rubicon Co-Founder
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Br. Jim Boynton SJ leads the team every morning and evening in prayer
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
NEWS ON THE GROUND FROM HAITI
A couple of Canadian Jesuit Novices Edmund and Artur arrived in Haiti a few days before the 'quake. Edmund has been blogging about it and sent me a copy of his reflections. This is the latest, dated January 23:
Artur and I had relocated to another Jesuit community- the novitiate, to better aid the relief effort. Sleeping in tents because buildings are unsafe. Artur does things (LOTS of things) around the novitiate, including moving boxes of aid and doing inventory things, while I head out with a team of (mostly) American physicians, firefighters, medics and ex-marines everyday to help in areas where medical attention is needed.
Team Rubicon Co-Founder