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The Haiti Connection - Daily Video Diaries - Episodes I & II

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A two-man film crew from North 40 Productions has joined a group of humanitarians from Wenatchee that have traveled to Milot, Haiti for the last 20 years to deliver aid. Our goal is to document the efforts of a local group comprised of medical personnel, Rotary members and other volunteers who are delivering much-needed aid to a small town about 100 miles north of Port au Prince, the capitol city of Haiti.

The North 40 Productions team arrived in Milot Haiti along the Wenatchee group on Saturday after two days of traveling to this island off the Florida Coast. Easter Sunday was spent sightseeing around the area, including the Milot Palace and Citadel built in the early 1800's, as well as setting plans for the upcoming week. Jeff and Oly interviewed Dr. Jeff Monda, a Urologist at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and leader of the medical team as well as Gary Arsenault from the Wenatchee Downtown Rotary.

You can learn more about "The Haiti Connection" documentary project at


On Monday, the North 40 crew followed the rotary group into the rural areas around Milot, and the first stop was to the Children of the Promise Orphanage and Nutrition Center. A young American couple runs this amazing facility, whose primary mission is to keep families together. Many parents bring their children here because they can't afford to take care of them. Rather than taking the children and sending them to adoptive parents around the world, they help them get healthy and then work to get them back to their families.

Our second stop was a community water source that had become contaminated - a well which serves over 2,000 people. The rotary group has been designing and building a retro fit purification system back home, which they packaged up and brought down to purify the contaminated well. With the help of a lot of community members they're working on installing the system this week. We'll be following the surgical team tomorrow, so stay tuned!

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