Sunday, September 25, 2011
Join us in saying "hello and welcome" to Margaret, our new Guest House Manager, and three new boys. Will have more on them in the coming days. They were all greeted this morning after church service. Margaret comes to us from Detroit and has a background in hospitality. It is very good to have her here.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Frantzi Jean, brother of Joel Jean who works in our finance office, is a second year seminary student in Port-au-Prince. He has been doing training with our older boys. Some of the topics he has covered with them are: World religions and their characteristics, the Origin of the church in the Bible, the birth of Protestantism, the Reformation, the liturgy and it's origins in the Bible, the structure of the Mass.
Frantzi is heading back to the seminary this week but needs financial support. School tuition and books will cost 22,500 Gourdes ($563.00 US) for the year and living expenses will cost 38,500 Gourdes per semester (almost $1,000 US) and there are three semesters per year. Know anyone or a church community that would like to sponsor a seminarian?
A photo of the construction crew taking a break late this morning and a close-up of Kalou, the team mascot. Kalou is the son of one of our masons. His mother makes sure the team stays hydrated, runs errands and sometimes cooks.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This boy just turned thirteen. He's from Camp-Perrin and is one of eight children. His father was hurt in a work accident and can no longer provide for the family. I forget the boy's name but he came to us yesterday and begged us for a chance to live here, eat daily and attend school. The problem is he is one of fifty children who want to become part of the Espwa family. Wish we could help them all but our budget does not allow it. Keep him and his family in your prayers.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
These women and children come every day and wait to see if there's any food leftover for them. We always have extra but it's never enough. Thirty to fifty people come for every meal which means our children never get seconds.
Here are more photos of the neighbors who come in hopes of finding food:
Your generosity allows us to provide for these people. Thank you very much.
This is Chelo or Shelo or Shello (I've seen it spelled all three ways). He's always ready to lend a hand and is terrific with the younger children.
Jimmy is another outstanding young man. Still can't get over the change in him since his teeth were fixed. Now he smiles all the time.
Electrical work is being done these days on phase one. Stucco is being applied to the infirmary section (phase two) and I'm really liking the colors. Amazing how paint transforms a building. The above is the waiting area where there will be cement benches but no tattered, old magazines.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Our little boys and girls have their laundry done by adults who are hired for that reason but the older ones have to do it themselves. Takes about three hours and then it's time to dry. Ironing comes next but one needs an iron for this-- not always possible.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Martin has been with us for four years as an employee. He was a resident before that and is both a mason and a painter.
Michelet is a former restavek who has been with us a total of eleven years-- five as a resident and six as a mason/painter.
Frantz is our best painter and multi-tasker. He can lay blocks, mix cement, apply finishing mortar... The best thing about Frantz is his attitude. Wish we could clone him!
Inside the clinic courtyard
The door in the above photo is off its hinges because the floors are being tiled. Tiling of the first phase is now done. What do you think of the paint job? All medical facilities in Haiti are painted white with green trim. The trick is to keep the green at a minimum.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
The graduating class of our vocational school decided to honor Father Charlie who is no longer with us due to ill health.
A graduate, Miss Rose Marthe, Michelle, Mario (our Voc. School Director) and our Education Director Etienne Frantz.
Ronick, the top grad
A group shot of our graduates at church service this morning.
Doctor Chuck Tozzer, our dentist friend from California, is seen on the left in the top photo. He organized a dental mission this weekend and brought along seven other dentists and 15 folk to assist so that they could see and treat 275 people. Amazing!
Linda Faford is seen in a less than flattering photo on the bottom. Linda was instrumental is helping to make this mission trip a huge success. This was an astronomical logistical challenge but she proved that she was up to the task. Muchas gracias to Doctor Tozzer, to his team and to Linda for all their hard work.
The children's smiles are much brighter now after this weekend.
It doesn't show up very well but the top photo shows Pierre with some pretty bad front teeth. the bottom photo shows Pierre with Doctor Abbott and his assistant and the wonderful work they did to transform Pierre's smile.