Washing Machine

March 5, 2016

Catherine: “We have a machine upstairs you can use.”
Haitian Lady: *she shook her head no* “No, I don’t want.”
Catherine: “You don’t want because you know hand washing well, but not machine washing well?”
Haitian Lady:  “Yes.”
Catherine:  “I can teach you how to use it.”
Haitian Lady:  *she shook her head no* “No, I don’t want.”
Catherine:  “You can use both.  I can teach you how to use the machine to do some laundry while you do some with your hands.”  Haitian Lady:  *she shook her head no*  “No, I don’t want.”
Catherine:  “You don’t want to learn something new?”
Haitian Lady:  “No.”
This is the case of many Haitians in a variety of learning topics.  They don’t want to learn something new.  The question is how will Haiti improve with a mindset of not wanting to learn.  In this case, they know how to do laundry well.  Plus, this Haitian Lady doesn’t think the machine cleans as well as she does.  And to a point, she is right.  However, their washing style is very hard on clothes, scrubbing, scrubbing, and more scrubbing and using LOTS of soap (more soap than is needed) and water. But, I guess if the system isn’t broken why fix it.
~Catherine
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