Thursday, April 22, 2010
Robinson (my translator) and I travelled to Port-au-Prince to The Mediteranian Shipping Company (MSC) to find out what it would take to get the container (which is full of construction supplies needed to finish the free medical clinic we have been building for 2 years in Gonaives) released to us. It has been mired in customs since our last team trip down here in January 2009.
H4H’s star ambassador from Austin, Annie Carr, retrieved the almost ‘lost’ container from the brink of the auction block and legal battles potentially pursued against St Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo earlier this week by a myriad of phone calls and emails to Port-au-Prince, New York City, and Geneva, Switzerland (Corporate Headquarters).
Through an all day effort and the assurances of Mr. Murat who handles the customs exemptions for the Episcopal Church that he would take the paperwork to the Bishop Friday morning for signature, we were able to pay the demurrage and storage charges which had accrued for over a year. (The company was nice to waive part of the amount) Mr. Murat says the container will be ready for release Tuesday.