Nearly 3 months have passed since my first trip to Gonaives in October, and though the city is still full of mud and destruction, there are clear signs of improvement, especially near Pastor Genada's church and former home.
Before: on the road just outside Gonaives
After: there is still a lake, but it is much shallower
Before: the garage at a home directly behind the hotel
Before: outside Pastor Genada's church
After: the church minus 3 feet of mud
Before: the driveway behind the hotel, buried under 12 feet of mud
After: a fully clean drive where we parked our car
Before: the abandoned bicycle in an unfinished house
After: the house is still full of mud but someone wanted that bike back!
Before: the river ford
After: the river is still there and it's deeper. People cross on a makeshift bridge about 50 yards downriver.
Before: the street adjacent to the hotel, full of wet mud
After: still full of mud, but now it has hardened so you can walk on any part without sinking in.
Before: a truck buried in the field beside Pastor's orphanage
After: the truck is out but the hole is still there.
The mud flats have hardened now and are perfect soccer pitches. There are streams and greenery everywhere, and much less mud. Look at my feet compared to how they looked on my last trip!