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Medishare volunteers experience Rara band performance

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By Jennifer Browning

img_0497.jpgMost of our posts here talk about the people Project Medishare and its volunteers help, but through showing you the lives and the needs of the Haitian people, rarely do we delve into the beautiful rich culture this tiny country offers.

With Haiti being predominately Catholic, Lent and Easter offer a huge spectacle throughout the land. As I was leaving Port-au-Prince winding down through Petionville, a suburb of the capital, there was a processional of people dressed in white parading through the streets. Later waiting in the airport,  I was able to see the Petionville processional on television which lead the crowd towards a Catholic Church in the neighborhood where there was a reenactment of the Easter story.

While the students from George Washington and Morehouse medical school’s were up in Thomonde a Rara band parading through the streets stopped in front of Project img_0495.jpgMedishare’s office. Former Project Medishare intern, Samira Sami who traveled with the group wrote up a nice account of the experience over on Haiti Innovation’s website. Sami points out how vibrant the celebration is in color, rhythm and song, but more importantly how Haiti’s culture is full of life and strength.

Check out Samira’s post on Haiti Innovation here.

*Photos contributed by Cristina Catlett. Catlett is an Emergency Room physician from George Washington University.