AAMI: Seeing and Helping the World, Part 2

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The boys from the African American Male Initiative returned home this past weekend after an amazing trip. Last week, we were treated to a blog post from Malachi Gayle.  Before leaving the island, Mark Jackson, an AAMI participant since the third grade and now a rising sophomore at Cardinal Hayes High School, gave us his thoughts:

"Anxious" is the one word that describes how I felt before our trip to Haiti. Would our hosts accept me? Would I like the food? Would I adapt to my new environment? These are some of the question and anxieties I had before we left. But after three days, I am learning that my anxieties were not alid.

The morning of departure, my beautiful mother was so stressed about me leaving, and I was just as stressed as my mom. When I touched down in Haiti, all my anxieties flew out the window. There was something in the air that immediately made me feel comfortable.

Our host, Dr. Holson, who practiced medicine in Harlem before starting his project in Haiti with young boys, welcomed us into his beautiful home. We hung out with his boys, played ball together, talked together, sang together, and even got too close for comfort in a Tap-tap, which is basically a Haitian cab.

My highlight on the trip so far was our trip to the Iron Market , which has existed in Port-Au-Prince since 1889. We were bombarded by the merchants at the market. We haggled with them, trying to get the best prices for items we wanted.

I am looking forward to all that this trip has to offer and know we will continue to have a ball.