The Advance Party – Week Five – 10th December 2012

Ailish’s final week saw a much needed equipment upgrade for the medical centre and the inevitable sad goodbyes. ‘Sunday morning is a quick meeting about what jobs are left to do and we have the first round of goodbyes as Damien heads back to Ireland for Christmas. As he headed off the rest of us … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Four – 3rd December 2012

Week four sees Ailish referee a volleyball tournament, be boarded by UN troops and celebrate Christmas with the children of Isle a Vache. ‘The work out here is all team effort, this week especially with Damien, Calix, Chavanne and I working on the Fete Noel. We had 50 presents to sort and wrap and all … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Three – 26th November 2012

This week Ailish explores foster/sponsorship programmes and prepares for the Christmas concert and children’s party. ‘Well my first venture with the choral group went well. I only played one song very quietly in the background. I had a second outing with the choir on Monday as we had a mass for Sr Yvonne and her … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Two – 19th Nov 2012

This week Ailish highlights the power of music and reports an increase in Cholera cases on the island. ‘Has it already been two weeks and at the same time only two weeks? Bringing a guitar has turned into a fantastic idea for many reasons. Thanks to Breretons Music Academy in Loughrea for the donation of … Read more

The Advance Party – Week One – 12th Nov 2012

One of our founding members, Ailish O’Reilly , travelled to Haiti on a solo mission recently to prepare the ground for the wider groups’ next visit in February 2013. This is Ailish’s diary of those five weeks spent planning on Isle A Vache. ‘The weather in Haiti is still unsettled so there was no baking … Read more