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have to choose science if it were the only service to the poor. He was just glad he didn’t have to choose.  He and Ophelia became lovers, and she spent the whole summer with him. She helped him with his formal education by quizzing him with  his self-designed flashcards, which she found as amazing as he was. They also walked through the villages where they would continue to  take down information at every hut, and where she tried very hard to do something better than he did. She was frustrated by it, but far from  angry, that she just couldn’t outdo him! During her wanderings with him, she suffered greatly from the  heat , but her Creole began to  improve immensely. She was also amazed at the strange smell in every hut - not a smelly socks stinky - a smell of people living too closely  in poverty.  One of the greatest problems in Cange was the drinking water the people gathered in calabash gourds or  recycled plastic jugs. It was retrieved from the stagnant reservoir, and people often left it uncovered for days as well. So a team of Haitian and American engineers from a South Carolina church group devised a plan to use the force of an underground river to carry its own water in a pipe up to communal spigots. After it was built, infant deaths began dropping. Father Lafontant had also constructed thirty fine, clean latrines as well as supervising the building of a clinic. Farmer stole a microscope from Harvard for this clinic. He said, “Redistributive justice - we were just helping them not to go to hell.” Your browser does not support the IFRAME tag.  Paul himself began to plan for what he called “first line defenses” out in the community. What the first line didn’t prevent the Clinique Bon  Sauveur would. He was impatient for it to happen, but understood that all of his plans would require money far beyond the means of the  South Carolinians. In 1983, he had gone to Boston for his pre-admission  testing  at Harvard and had asked an organization called Project  Bread for money to build a bread oven in Cange. They had willingly given him the money, explaining that an anonymous donor had  earmarked some of their money for Haiti. The following year his article “The Anthropologist Within” was published at Harvard and Paul  learned that the anonymous donor had read it and wanted to meet him. Paul said to tell the man to come to Haiti.  Paul found out the donor was the owner of a heavy- construction company  and that made Farmer war that he was an anti-union Republican  working out  unfair deals in back alleys. To his delight, however, the man, named Tom White, came to Haiti and Farmer soon discovered  that he was far from the typical  construction  businessman. He had been giving away money for years and had always had a deep feeling 
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