We have arrived safely in Miami. Shortly we will be boarding plane again to Philadelphia then Seattle. Thanks so much for everyone’s prayers. We all know they carry us through.
We walked to the orphanage to make May Haiti plans with Marla & Ken…. Pastor Louinet never caught up dispite his Chinese motorcycle. .. In the US this motorcycle would have long seen the bone yard.
Doctor Tim, just discovered a great new Haiti Pill Dispenser for your cliniks in Haiti. We used zipfizz tubs up the mountain in Kawo… I saved a big bag for your next trip.
Look at Loudjina! She’s gained so much weight.
Mountain church starts in a few minutes. It was a cool dry night last night, which helped us dry our gear for an early departure–we will hike down today instead of waiting for tomorrow. Church will be loud, worship out of tune, everything in another language, and completely GLORIOUS!
So far it is a beautiful day today.
We met a nurse here in Kawo (!) who received training in the city and came back to serve her remote community as a first responder and nurse. [Side note: this is a rarity in Haitian culture–most people who get an advanced education are trying to get out of their poor communities, not help them]. On Tuesday, she helped with a child who fell from a tree, attending to his skull fracture. The child is now in Port au Prince receiving medical care–his outcome is unknown. She also assisted with a women’s health meeting yesterday… What a resource! We gave her some trauma equipment, Tums, Tylenol, and a few other supplies for her work.
This kind of person gives us hope for change in Haiti’s future! So cool!
Potential projects here in Kawo are coming to mind: Working on the church building exterior to seal up the rock walls and prevent erosion…making gutters from corrugated metal for water collection and use in the newly installed flushing toilets…they are currently refilled by hand. We shower with buckets of spring water currently, which is amazing.
The water in the local spring is still running but now it has a bamboo trough to guide it out.
Food: Gabe is studying the sas pwa (bean sauce) recipe and getting cooking techniques here to get it right when he gets home. We tried to sample the food the local women were cooking and chatted about what kind of meet was in there. When I got a sample, IT WAS LIVER! They giggled as I gagged it down. Goat liver = not yummy.
Sunday am…. They have added Sunday school to the regular church service, much like the good old days in America. (Louinet copied my SS class at Cascade Church, which he taught when visiting the US)
That is not the only change. Education much encuraged by Christian organizations like Hope in Hati are changing the local villages from within. Much like Pastor Louinet and his work in Haiti, a local woman was sponsored by missionaries, went to nursing school, graduated, and set up a local community clinic/1st responder service up here in Kawo. 2 days ago she treated a youth who fell out of a mango tree & cracked open his head. He’s now in a hospital in the valley.
It’s good to see the people taking pride in themselves and there comunities.
God is good.
This has been a great trip so far. Lots of relationship building.
A unique thing about Hope in Haiti is we work with many different organizations. In Fact, May is an opportunity for people to join Dixie and Harley as we watch the orphanage for EGO in Dessalines. The end of May we want to form a team to paint and do electrical, etc in the Nawo school. You ought come!
This trip has been laden with many difficulties. .. flat tires, heavy rain on our tents, forgotten things below, etc.
It has also been very rewarding. .. pictures and school children updates have went well. Today the boy whom has been sick for 3 years Wilguerre showed up at school on his own power… We plan to visit him tomorrow and get a better update.
Picture is Shary treating children’s teeth with fluoride.