Monday, May 31, 2010
We take a moment of silence for those who gave their lives in service to their countries.
We salute the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy freedom and the pursuit of happiness. May God bless every single one of them.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I first saw Scheilla in the Les Cayes prison about 18 months ago though we did not meet nor did I know that our paths would cross again. She was in a cell with about 20 other women. She had just given birth in prison to a healthy baby who had been taken in by Scheilla's sister. Fast forward to last month... Scheilla was found unconscious on the side of the road that leads to our place. She was pregnant (four or so months), dehydrated and very thin. We took her to the local private hospital where the doc saw her. We had her take several tests to help us discover what was wrong with her. Found out she is chronically ill and must take specials meds every day. She stayed in the hospital long enough to gain some weight. As she had no place to go (her sister has cut ties with her and her parents are deceased), we found a generous donor who agreed to rent her a place and set her up with a bed, table, chairs and closet. She works in our tailors' shop making dolls and eats with us. This week she showed up at Nathalie's office with blood running down her legs. She miscarried. Wish I could say that she was sad or upset but she wasn't. It may have been shock from the loss of the baby and blood. Scheilla is only 18 years old. She needs much help and lots of prayers.
Rev. Dr. Janet MacGregor-Williams, Norm Houde and Chris Stout flew out this morning on TortugAir. They spent the week with us and it rained every day. Wouldn't ya know it, the sun is shining brilliantly now that they're gone. Hmmm!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This is Odette. She is the most dedicated and reliable employee ever. She cleans the Guest house from top to bottom and is a joy to have around.
Sonia is our breakfast and lunch cook. Makes a mean cookie!
This is Janet, a Presbyterian pastor from New Jersey. She's been keeping Chris on his toes. Great earrings, Janet!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Top: Jimmy playing one of the new guitars that Chris brought down for our musicians.
Middle: Patrick (burn victim), Maxime, LaGuerre, MacKenson, Aurel
Bottom: Johnny, Ezekiel, Widmy, Daniel, Cerrule
The Middle and Bottom photos show the guys in the new t-shirts Chris brought down.
Merci beaucoup, Chris.
Chris Stout, Free the Kids Grant Writer, is here this week catching up on stuff and making us laugh. He came with two new friends: Norm Houde from the most beautiful state in the union and Janet MacGregor-Williams who is a Presbyterian pastor from New Jersey.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friends Regina and Chris from Kentucky and Ohio organized the gathering of 8,519 pairs of shoes destined for our children's feet. It took four trips for the van above to transport the boxes of shoes. Transportation all the way to Miami was donated by FedEx. Thank you to FedEx and to both Chris and Regina for this amazing gift!
This is TiLo (Laurole) who was complaining of fever and body aches. It's no wonder. He has pneumonia. Here's he's on an IV drip in our clinic. We'll try and get his fever down, give him plenty of liquids to drink and send him back to his housemother. Lots of colds, runny noses and allergies going around these days-- it's that time of year.
Top is a shot of Billy and below is one of five females. Two are already pregnant which is very good news. These are the kind of goats that provide milk, lots of it and it doesn't have to be pasteurized. Hope to make some chevre cheese someday. Be still me heart.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Sam, Stanley and Kendy stopped by to visit the geriatric ward (also known as the Quad or the Guest house) this afternoon. The fact that they had seen an open bag of pretzels on a nearby table had absolutely nothing to do with their visit. Pure coincidence, yup.
Ronnie is our best Secondary School student and he's learning to be a metalworker. Found him tinkering this afternoon on his latest project: a scooter made from scrap metal and the wheels from an old wheelchair. Now if only we had a paved road!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Djoune (pronounced June) makes sure everything is set for the program. Djoune is the Director of the HIV-AIDS Prevention Program.
Nancy was the MC for the event last evening and and got everyone in the mood. She is Assistant Director of the Program.
Manley, a twin, watches intently as the show got underway.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ryan, holding Marcnel, enjoying his last evening with us.
Krista surrounded by admiring fans.
Nicole, who has been here twice already, enjoying the moment with Gerda.
Ryan, Krista and Nicole will be leaving us tomorrow. We wish them all well and safe travels.
The above shot was taken from my roof looking west. We hope to break ground there in a couple of weeks with a fantastic project sponsored by MODDHA. Click on the icon (MODDHA) on the left for more details. There will be over 100 dome homes for the children, a chapel, a Wellness Center, an Arts Center plus an assortment of alternative energy systems. This is a huge blessing so join me in thanking God. Thanks also to Veronika Sandor, the President of MODDHA, and her husband Michael. This could not have happened without them.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Rony is 14, very bright and wants to be a doctor.
Ernso is fourteen and comes from Camp-Perrin. He loves music and is a member of Easy Cross.
Woosman, seventeen, is from Port-au-Prince and is part of our Public Health team.
James, fifteen, is a local, a talented athlete, good student and a member of Flesh Iroko, a rap group.