Memories from Haiti

 

We arrived in Port Antonio, March 8,2018 at 10:30am.

HAITI:  So beautiful, So heartbreaking.  Ile a Vache, Haiti 6miles off South Coast of Haiti, where we stayed with s/v Oceans.  It is described as the richest & nicest place in Haiti.  We believe this is true.  It is Very Poor.  Most of the people we dealt with were Very nice.  The evil ones were trying petty scams and offering lies for US Dollars.  The mountains, fields and farm animals were so beautiful, yet Very poor.

The Biggest Impact to us:  Orphanages.  Well over 50% are corrupt, money making schemes.  They tell poor parents that they will take care of their children.  That the children would be offered food, education, Great Health Care and the best opportunities for a Great life.  LIES!!!  The truth that hurts!  These orphanages are money making factories, babies and children are the slaves.  The owners get donations from foreign countries, the USA included, the children get to barely stay alive.  DO NOT DONATE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE!  Then there are the far worse orphanages, where children are treated as those previously mentioned, but also sold into slavery and Mostly for the sex slave trade.  Many children under the age of 5yrs old have been involved in sex acts, repeatedly.  We wanted to vomit.

There is HOPE!  www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com    We stood in a wonderful transition house with these children learning about the common abuses.   We had the good fortune to meet Morgan Weinberg, co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations.  We urge you to visit her website and hear her story.  She is the Hands and Feet of JESUS.  We were able to deliver thousands of pounds of donated cargo to Haiti, a large portion went to Morgan in Les Cayes, Haiti.

This delivery cost us a large amount of money, due to 1.5 years of delays.  The delays were beyond our control and created some high anxiety.  We are SO GLAD we stayed on course and fulfilled our commitment.  Only  by the Power of GOD!  We would like to ask two things of you:  1.  Check out her website.  2.  Make a Donation.

THANK YOU!

In the Bahamas

Hello Everyone,

We the crew of s/v Oceans are out of the country!!

Rick & I did 3 hour watches, which means one of us is up for 3hours & the other sleeps for 3 hours, or at least try’s to rest  & then we switch.

Saw several cruise ships, during passage;  Carnival Conquest headed to St. Maarten, Celebrity Equinox to San Juan, Carnival Glory enroute to Half Moon Bay, Disney Magic back to Miami, Celebrity Summit enroute to Nassau, MSC Seaside to Antiqua.  With our AIS equipment we can id. ships & see some pretty cool stuff, how fast they are going, tonnage, etc.

The night sky was simply beautiful, the Moon & Uranus  were visible with lots of stars on my 1st watch, 1800-2100 hours. , (6-9pm).  The sky is  pretty amazing once you get out of sight of land & all the lights.  On another watch, I got to see Carnival Sensation heading to Grand Turk, with Jupiter & Mars in the night sky.

We arrived into a small anchorage off Rose Island, anchor down at 5:08pm, Sunday Night. Beautiful, Safe Trip.   Time to catch up on some sleep.  Nice to be back in the Bahamas.  Watercolors are spectacular.

We have checked in with Customs & Immigrations, now we are legal.  Working on improving our communication equipment, as we wait for weather window to sail to Haiti.

Hope to update again, soon.

 

 

Take 4, Departure

We the crew of s/v Oceans:  This morning we plan to leave, yet, again!!!!  After numerous delays out of our control, we anticipate untying from Las Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale, this morning on a slack tide.  (slack tide= no current).        EMBRACE THE CHALLENGES REPEATEDLY, AND WATCH YOUR DREAMS BECOME REALITY!!  from my wonderful, Godly husband, Rick Rogge.

TAKE 3 DEPARTURE

We the crew of Oceans:

After some quick repairs to critical equipment, we are departing.

We anticipate s/v Oceans to return to the East Coast of the US, in 8-12 years, GOD’s will.

En-route to Ile a Vache, Haiti, we will most likely stop in the Bahamas to wait out some bad weather.

UPDATE 2.10.18

As we try to remain positive, we sit in Las Olas Marina in Fort Lauderdale . We had a mechanical issue that needed to have new parts ordered.  They won’t be in until the beginning of next week.

Our single side band radio, (SSB) is not working!  Now, even though most boaters say, this is “Old School”.  We had a personal experience,when we were crossing the Pacific with our friend, David Lawn.  A couple on a sinking  sailboat, lives were saved because of their SSB.  We will Not cross the Pacific without our’s working!

Hope to have ability to cross over the gulf stream, later this week.

Since there are many, many, more boat chores that need to be done,  IE: heads (toilet’s) fixed, wind instrument replaced, new MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) , updated information for AIS (Automatic Identification System).  There is always more boat chores, we are taking advantage of this time to knock things off the list.

Tropical Tragedy gets a Good Ending!

Sequoia is our friend & Haiti connection.  He has made many trips to Ile a Vache, Haiti, without theft problems.  Unfortunately, that just changed this past week.  Fortunately, people donated to help out!  We are currently driving to Cape Coral to pick up a engine for s/v Tandameer.  We will deliver the engine along with all our other donations on board s/v Oceans, as soon as the weather clears.  Ed Ricci donated 150 watt solar panel to be taken to Haiti.  Thank You, Ed.

 

December 28, 2017

My heart is broken. Well not really, but it feels like it: I feel betrayed, hurt, angry, sad, all the heartbreak symptoms. Last night some desperate poor Haitian man or two swam out to Tandemeer, cut the line to our 10’ Caribe dinghy, took it ashore and stole the 15 HP Nissan 4 stroke outboard motor that I bought new last year. It is our main form of transportation to and from the boat. The boat is our home, the dinghy and motor are our vehicle to get from home to everywhere we go. Yes I can do The Work and forgive them, and come to love them and what is, and yes I can understand that they are desperate and they see me and all Blancs on yachts who show up here as rich beyond anything they can imagine or hope for. Yes, eventually I will find the money to buy another motor and find one somewhere (not here… either unavailable or too expensive). But right now I am left feeling betrayed and hurt and sad and angry. I could feel righteous indignation: “after all we have done for them, this is how they repay us… etc.” My first reaction was to blame everyone, to say “no more help for them… I am going to leave and not come back.” But that would not be fair or justified as most people are grateful, and receive the benefit of the jobs we create and gifts we bring. It was not the women and children who have to carry water by hand every day who stole our motor. They will still appreciate the running water from the pumps we are installing. A few days ago we gave dozens of boxes of medical supplies to the free clinic so they can have health care. It is ironic, as over the last three years I have brought and given away four outboard motors to people who need them. Today we were planning to give out 30 or 40 sails to the fishermen who need them so they can catch fish to feed their families. But right now I am feeling hurt and sad. I will get over it and come back to feeling love and acceptance soon. I know that love is really all there is and all that matters. I wish you all love and peace, and even look forward to forgiving the men who stole our motor this morning.

when can we leave????

We have gotten word that boat insurance is ALMOST in order to sail to Haiti.  Yippee!!!

We have operated the Wirie Booster successfully.

So, as soon as the cold front passes & weather permits, we will depart & sail to Ile a Vache, Haiti with donations.  The sail should take 4-5 days, we are quite  heavily loaded, in fact, a bit too heavy to see the water line. We would like to have fairly calm seas carrying this load.