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"Deliverance"

Our new hospital has a name, now. It will be called Maternité Solidarité, after Cité Solidarité, where it is located. It's not far from our current location: about two minutes by car. The name came out of a staff contest we had. I think it is a good, solid, and very appropriate name.

Our new hospital has a name, now. It will be called Maternité Solidarité, after Cité Solidarité, where it is located. It's not far from our current location: about two minutes by car. The name came out of a staff contest we had. I think it is a good, solid, and very appropriate name. But my favorite was another contestant. Haiti has a form of public transportation called a tap-tap. Tap-taps are sometimes mini-buses, but more often pick-up trucks adapted with benches. They hold 15 to 20 people, or more, packed like sardines and hanging off the back bumper during rush hour. Needless to say, with that high a passenger load, on Port-au-Prince roads which are poorly paved and mountainous, their shock absorbers are shot. But they are wonderful to see: painted intricately in bright colours with multiple themes involving sports, airplanes, and religion all on the same car. No matter the quality of the car, there is always a booming sound system. They are often adorned with extra wooden ornaments, on the roof, or hanging off the sides, or framing the windows. Religion is a strong theme and bible references (book and verse) common. 'Jesus revient' 'Dieu tout puissant' etc. So, in keeping with the religious naming of tap-taps, my favourite contestant for our new hospital's name (despite my atheism!): Maternité Deliverance. I would add the slogan 'We save bodies and souls.'