Wallace and Edith Haws were called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Humanitarian/Welfare Specialists in the Dominican republic. This blogsite is dedicated to our family and friends who want to follow our adventure.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Week ending 19 May 2012 of the
exciting Adventures of the Haws in the Dominican Republic features the
Dominican Republic National Presidential Elections--- Los Elecciones!
There isn’t a living Dominican
that isn’t intensely interested in national politics—they take it serious!We were advised to not leave our house from
Saturday to Monday.The elections take
place on Sunday, because there are numerous rallies in many places across the
country.Historically they frequently
turn violent and blood flows.If you
know a native Dominican in the US, just ask him about national elections.
Figure 121 Danilo Rally House
We were headed home about 7 pm
Thursday night following our normal route on Penson to Delgado then right, then
left, then right, then left, then right to our house (sorry we don’t know the
names of the streets because they usually aren’t posted on smaller streets.)—it
usually takes us 15 minutes.It took us
over an hour to drive the last ¼ mile because our route crossed Bolivar just ½
block north of a platform erected to give political speeches.The street intersection was packed with young
men and some young women all carrying signs of their particular party
affiliation along with a big stick. It was one of the biggest tapozon (big
traffic jam) of our experience.You have
to drive pretty aggressive in that situation and ignore all written rules of
driving. With passions at a fevered
pitch, it wouldn’t take much to turn a “gathering” like that into a mob if they
meet an opposing rally--blood can flow.We were glad to get home.
On our way home Friday we
narrowly missed the biggest rally of them all not more than ¼ mile from our
house on the Malacon.We shut ourselves
in the house and listened to loud speakers, fire-works, guns and then explosions
(probably cannons shooting into the bay) until after mid-night.
We are anxious for the political
powder keg to be over as we explained in a previous blog.If the current government is overthrown, or
if there is a “Segunda Vuelta” (2nd voting) our neonatal training in
the hospital will have to be postponed.If there is a change in the government, all current officers in the
hospital may change and we lose all the great contacts we now have.Furthermore, the current Minister of Infantile
Health gave us permission to store the equipment that was shipped in for the
training to be at our house instead of a government warehouse because things
tend to disappear if there is a change in government.Offices and warehouses are typically stripped
of anything valuable with a turnover in the government.No big deal.It is expected.
As we were taking our morning
stroll we found a flag for Danilo, one of the presidential candidates on the
sidewalk.Here is Wallace sporting the
flag and his new Dominican haircut.
Figure 122 Wallace with Danilo Flag
In honor of the national
elections, Edith is going to fix the National Dish, La Bandera for dinner on
Sunday. (Rice, Hubichuelas (beans) and
Figure 123 Wallace in front of our home
at #5 Casimiro de Moya
Wallace noticed a survey marker
just outside our gate at #5 Casimiro de Moya, Guzcue, Santo Domingo.We talked to an “Agrimensor” registered land
surveyor and found out there are monuments all over the city to control land
ownership similar to the US, but their description is more of a meets and
Figure 124 Wallace looking at survey
Figure 125 Survey Marker
We also were given a different
car to drive.Wallace was hoping for a
Jaguar, but we settled for a Toyota Corolla.
Figure 126 Edith with new car
We take a different route each morning on our morning
route.This little garden patch is a
pretty rare site.
Figure 128 Corn patch
PROJECTS:It is a great
blessing for us to have the power in our hands to work in defense of the poor
in this country.The Church has turned
us loose to identify humanitarian projects and a lot more latitude then maybe
they should have to accomplish what we find.The good Lord has directed us in many directions including clean water
projects, wheelchairs, old folks homes, hospitals,
schools, food projects and others.We
simultaneously are working on a number of projects in companionship with local
charitable churches and organizations.We consider it a great blessing in our lives to do this.If you want to get involved, an easy way to
do it is to donate money to LDS Philanthropies.Most of the money goes directly to projects benefiting the poor in many
areas of the world, because the people administering it are people like us who
are paying their own way to administer the program.We purchase items made within the country to
support the local economy as well as avoid tremendous import fees and
miscellaneous charges, if you know what I mean.
Wallace continues to endure ear
problems.“I am trying to endure with
faith and patience all things that the good Lord sees fit to inflict upon
me.I am reminded of so many of my personal friends, and you know who you are, who
silently and patiently endure their personal trials.I am trying to work hard and do the right
thing even though it is very difficult at the present time.”
We appreciate your prayers on our
in behalf and recognize that even in the few short weeks we have been here, the
Lord has blessed us with many interesting and unique experiences.Our lives have been changed in positive ways
that will last the rest of our lives.
We appreciate all of you who are
watching over our property, our affairs, our business dealings and our family
most of all.May the Lord bless each of
you in your own affairs!
There you have it! In spite of illness and limitations caused by the elections we had another great week of HawsDRAdventures.Stay Tuned!!!