Megan Roegge currently is on her fifth mission trip to Haiti since an earthquake ravaged the country four years ago.
An All-Area girls' basketball player while at Urbana High, she is part of a group of women from Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana that is lending a hand in Jacmel. Roegge, a 24-year-old grad student in social work at Illinois, checked in Monday:
In four years, how much progress has Haiti made?
Haiti has made amazing physical improvements since the first trip we made one year after the earthquake. The streets are clear and cleaner every year that we come. There has been a lot of re-growth, and the country is slowly moving back to its original beauty. The infrastructure needs improvement and some years of stability before the country will be able to make legitimate strides. However, in my mind, I see amazing steps toward recovery every time I make a trip here.
Haitians smile ...
... when you smile at them. They smile when you pass them in the street and you greet them with "bonjou, kouman ou ye?" "Good morning, how are you?" Haitians smile when they talk about their country. They are proud people with an immense love for their country and their people.
The best part of the week ...
... For me is reconnecting with old friends and catching up with them. I love to hear about what they have been doing since I saw them last. Seeing their growth and progress puts a huge smile on my face.
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