Clearing the rubble left over from the Earthquake is hard work. Tiring, exhausting work. Which is why I'm glad to have been able to take a break the past couple of days to train with a representative from a company that donated survey-grade GPS equipment. It might not seem on the surface that this would take precedence over clearing the damage, but this equipment will allow us to do things for Haiti like mapping (now defunct) utility systems. It will also better enable the HODR organization to keep track of all potential, in progress, and completed job sites. Aside from the hard work of all of the volunteers, the main thing keeping this organization going is fundraising; being able to present to potential donors the impact of our efforts on a large scale via Google earth would be a great tool for that.
While we were out practicing with the survey equipment the locals were pretty interested in what we were doing. Walking around with our faces buried in what looks like an over-sized cell phone probably looked strange to anyone who didn't know what we were doing.