Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We were visited by our friends of Cross International who support our mission to help these disadvantaged children. They provide us with regular monthly support and fund special projects. We are very grateful for their faithful assistance.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thanks to a generous donation via Cross International, we have a new school to replace the two room shack that served as the school. Tiburon is located at the very western tip of Haiti's southern peninsula.
We were visited by Farmer to Farmer volunteer, Myriam, and national coordinator, Benito (on the right) this past Friday and Saturday. They gave a seminar on raising rabbits which was well attended and received. Myriam is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Niger) and is now a wife, mother and farmer in Northern California.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Portia Marie Elizabeth Mills left us yesterday. She was with us for nine months. True to form, she was busy making contacts and working for us right to the last minute. Portia was able to reach out and spread the word on who we are and what we do to many NGOs, UN, Haitian government officials and a host of folks from the US. Though she is gone we know that we will forever be a part of her wherever she ends up. Likewise, we will remember her with great fondness. How could we forget her escapades, her networking, her TV show concept, her tears and laughter... ah, the memories!! Be happy, Portia.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Macdonald is fourteen and he came to see us this morning. He's from Tiburon which is very far from here. Three or four years ago Mac fell and the result was this swelling above his left ear. It is soft to the touch so it probably contains liquid. He has not been to a clinic or seen a doctor as his father is dirt poor. His mother died long ago-- so long ago he does not remember her. We'll get our Doctor Cynthia to check him out when she comes next month. Your support allows us to help children like him. Thanks.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
All the news reports warned us that a category 4 hurricane was coming our way. Internet weather sites confirmed that Hurricane Dean was to pass just to the south of us. Windows were boarded up, vehicles were moved to higher ground, property was secured and the children were trained to respond to a call from Matante by marching in order to the school. Dean was way to the south so we got some wind and rain but nothing like expected. We lost quite a few banana trees as they are very fragile but we gained in the pig department. One of our mama pigs gave birth to eleven piglets very early this morning. Thank you all for your prayers and concern. Let's remember our sisters and brothers in Jamaica as they face Dean head-on.
Friday, August 17, 2007
It's a busy time for us as we try and prepare for the worst that Hurricane Dean could bring our way. All the children and staff at Castel-Pere will be moved to the elementary school when the storm approaches. Food and cooking supplies are being moved there now as well as extra clothing and mattresses. Our medical personnel have prepared some First Aid kits for both LaMadonne and Castel-Pere and one of them will be with the children throughout the weekend. Animals and vehicles will be moved to the highest point of the property (the northern neighborhood). Anything of value will be moved up as high as we can... computers, printers, files and the like. We already have potable water ready for the two or three days of the storm but the toilet facilities will be rustic, to say the least. The satellite dish and the solar panels will be secured as much as possible and we are studying what to do with the wind turbine. The next time you hear from me will be after the storm. Keep us in your prayers.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Daniel Blood, sitting uncharacteristically idle in this photo, spent two months with us this summer and was a huge help. Dan will be entering his second year at engineering school. If he tackles his school work the way he tackles projects, he'll be successful. Extremely talented in all matters of construction and repair, Dan worked on many projects. He was an ideal volunteer, showed initiative and resolve and was a terrific example for the boys at Castel-Pere. We miss you, Dan, and look forward to your return. God bless you.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Mackenson, one of my artisans, was taken to the General Hospital last night as he was showing signs of meningitis. The hospital had no space so he ended up sleeping in a hallway with another one of my older boys. There's only one doctor in the south of Haiti who can test him for what we think he has. Here's hoping that we are wrong in our diagnosis and that this will pass. Your prayers, please.
This is a photo of Smith. First thing this morning he could not find his sandals and things just went downhill from there. It is tough to be five years old and not understand why your mother would leave you in a hospital and never return for you. Both Smith and his brother, Roro, were extremely malnourished and are still showing signs of it. We are hoping that the damage is not permanent. Keep them in your prayers, please.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Tige and Herold posing next to the bedroom window in the earthbag house. The inside walls are done and look kool.