On Wednesday morning seven of our translators–a group of handsome, strong young men–surprised us at our morning briefing by giving a heart-warming thank-you and tribute. They had it all planned and staged and even had made special wooden plaques that they gave to some of our long term volunteers. The plaques read, "Thank you for helping us in Haiti, together we move." The translators have been a God-send. They are always friendly and eager to help (and their help is much needed). Communication has been a big challenge, since the majority of volunteers speak neither french or creole fluently. Imagine 70 english-speaking volunteers trying to communicate with hundreds of patients, family members and the 100+ Haitian hospital staff on a daily basis–impossible without the devoted help of these really amazing guys.
The O.R. translator team and Dr. Chandy
Thanks all around