safe and sound

September 12, 2017

Safe and sound

After many preparations and concern we and our many friends here were spared from Irma’s path. We have several bananas plants down and papaya trees but no other damage. We got a lot of rain and wind. We have heard that the bridge connecting Haiti with the Dominican Republic is down and there has been flooding in certain areas, but nothing devastating. Considering what happened last year with Hurricane Matthew we feel very blessed. In church on Sunday they thanked God they were all spared.

We have very little internet here we can message on Facebook or Whatsapp but not really google something, so we had to rely on family and friends for information on the path of the hurricane. It is like being blind in this age of technology. We are very spoiled in the US to have all this information available at all times. Not everyone working here in Haiti has this problem. Those here full time or those who work in a city can get better internet but it is expensive and we don’t have the funds for it. Sr. Jackie and Sr. Pat are very kind to let us come and use their internet whenever we want.

For the last week we have had a steady stream of parents coming to ask for money to send their children to secondary school. We chose six; three we have been sponsoring and three new kids. They have to bring us their report cards to prove they are attending and passing their classes. We feel they are truly the hope for sustainability in the area. The workshop a couple of weeks ago was proof of what can be accomplished with education.

Robert has been a great help to us in many ways. He had an experience in Africa several years ago working with a mission there. He has been encouraging us that our work here is very important and he feels we are doing a good job. He has drawn up plans for the new school at Kalabat , now we can get estimates for the construction. The sisters are anxious to get started and have all ready gotten some of the materials. Until we can find funding children will have classes in the church and we bought several tarps to make temporary class rooms. Robert will fly home God willing on Friday. We will take him into Port on Thursday. We will bring a patient that had abdominal surgery home with us.

My friend Anita now lives in the South of Haiti close to where the hospital Maxo is in. She had to go to the hospital for another patient and she broke her toe. So she checked in on Maxo, she reported he is doing well. His sister is with him and they are planning on doing surgery this week to cover the wounds where the bed sores are. I am so happy to hear this report and look forward to seeing his progress in the rehab program once he is well enough to start.

Last Sunday I took several people to Gonaives to pick up a man who had TB and was in Mother Theresa’s hospital there. The hospital is very beautiful and everything is very clean. The sisters of Charity are always such a delight. They always seem so happy and so are their patients. Our friend looked very good and seemed to be recovered well. The trip takes over an hour but is really only 20 miles away. The road has been slightly improved but you can still only travel about 20 kilometers an hour. The family invited us to come and visit. We don’t usually visit our neighbors they come to our house so this will be interesting.

We got news a good friend and supporter died yesterday. We are very sad we have been praying for him and his family. This makes it hard to be way the times we miss with family and friends. Although we try to make up for it when we return it is not the same as being there at the time of the event.

Last night Geri and Gail the two volunteers at the Sisters house invited us for dinner. It was wonderful food and fellowship. We were happy for a little diversion things have been pretty intense these last few weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and your interest,

Denise sds

September 12, 2017

Safe and sound

After many preparations and concern we and our many friends here were spared from Irma’s path. We have several bananas plants down and papaya trees but no other damage. We got a lot of rain and wind. We have heard that the bridge connecting Haiti with the Dominican Republic is down and there has been flooding in certain areas, but nothing devastating. Considering what happened last year with Hurricane Matthew we feel very blessed. In church on Sunday they thanked God they were all spared.

We have very little internet here we can message on Facebook or Whatsapp but not really google something, so we had to rely on family and friends for information on the path of the hurricane. It is like being blind in this age of technology. We are very spoiled in the US to have all this information available at all times. Not everyone working here in Haiti has this problem. Those here full time or those who work in a city can get better internet but it is expensive and we don’t have the funds for it. Sr. Jackie and Sr. Pat are very kind to let us come and use their internet whenever we want.

For the last week we have had a steady stream of parents coming to ask for money to send their children to secondary school. We chose six; three we have been sponsoring and three new kids. They have to bring us their report cards to prove they are attending and passing their classes. We feel they are truly the hope for sustainability in the area. The workshop a couple of weeks ago was proof of what can be accomplished with education.

Robert has been a great help to us in many ways. He had an experience in Africa several years ago working with a mission there. He has been encouraging us that our work here is very important and he feels we are doing a good job. He has drawn up plans for the new school at Kalabat , now we can get estimates for the construction. The sisters are anxious to get started and have all ready gotten some of the materials. Until we can find funding children will have classes in the church and we bought several tarps to make temporary class rooms. Robert will fly home God willing on Friday. We will take him into Port on Thursday. We will bring a patient that had abdominal surgery home with us.

My friend Anita now lives in the South of Haiti close to where the hospital Maxo is in. She had to go to the hospital for another patient and she broke her toe. So she checked in on Maxo, she reported he is doing well. His sister is with him and they are planning on doing surgery this week to cover the wounds where the bed sores are. I am so happy to hear this report and look forward to seeing his progress in the rehab program once he is well enough to start.

Last Sunday I took several people to Gonaives to pick up a man who had TB and was in Mother Theresa’s hospital there. The hospital is very beautiful and everything is very clean. The sisters of Charity are always such a delight. They always seem so happy and so are their patients. Our friend looked very good and seemed to be recovered well. The trip takes over an hour but is really only 20 miles away. The road has been slightly improved but you can still only travel about 20 kilometers an hour. The family invited us to come and visit. We don’t usually visit our neighbors they come to our house so this will be interesting.

We got news a good friend and supporter died yesterday. We are very sad we have been praying for him and his family. This makes it hard to be way the times we miss with family and friends. Although we try to make up for it when we return it is not the same as being there at the time of the event.

Last night Geri and Gail the two volunteers at the Sisters house invited us for dinner. It was wonderful food and fellowship. We were happy for a little diversion things have been pretty intense these last few weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and your interest,

Denise sds

September 12, 2017

Safe and sound

After many preparations and concern we and our many friends here were spared from Irma’s path. We have several bananas plants down and papaya trees but no other damage. We got a lot of rain and wind. We have heard that the bridge connecting Haiti with the Dominican Republic is down and there has been flooding in certain areas, but nothing devastating. Considering what happened last year with Hurricane Matthew we feel very blessed. In church on Sunday they thanked God they were all spared.

We have very little internet here we can message on Facebook or Whatsapp but not really google something, so we had to rely on family and friends for information on the path of the hurricane. It is like being blind in this age of technology. We are very spoiled in the US to have all this information available at all times. Not everyone working here in Haiti has this problem. Those here full time or those who work in a city can get better internet but it is expensive and we don’t have the funds for it. Sr. Jackie and Sr. Pat are very kind to let us come and use their internet whenever we want.

For the last week we have had a steady stream of parents coming to ask for money to send their children to secondary school. We chose six; three we have been sponsoring and three new kids. They have to bring us their report cards to prove they are attending and passing their classes. We feel they are truly the hope for sustainability in the area. The workshop a couple of weeks ago was proof of what can be accomplished with education.

Robert has been a great help to us in many ways. He had an experience in Africa several years ago working with a mission there. He has been encouraging us that our work here is very important and he feels we are doing a good job. He has drawn up plans for the new school at Kalabat , now we can get estimates for the construction. The sisters are anxious to get started and have all ready gotten some of the materials. Until we can find funding children will have classes in the church and we bought several tarps to make temporary class rooms. Robert will fly home God willing on Friday. We will take him into Port on Thursday. We will bring a patient that had abdominal surgery home with us.

My friend Anita now lives in the South of Haiti close to where the hospital Maxo is in. She had to go to the hospital for another patient and she broke her toe. So she checked in on Maxo, she reported he is doing well. His sister is with him and they are planning on doing surgery this week to cover the wounds where the bed sores are. I am so happy to hear this report and look forward to seeing his progress in the rehab program once he is well enough to start.

Last Sunday I took several people to Gonaives to pick up a man who had TB and was in Mother Theresa’s hospital there. The hospital is very beautiful and everything is very clean. The sisters of Charity are always such a delight. They always seem so happy and so are their patients. Our friend looked very good and seemed to be recovered well. The trip takes over an hour but is really only 20 miles away. The road has been slightly improved but you can still only travel about 20 kilometers an hour. The family invited us to come and visit. We don’t usually visit our neighbors they come to our house so this will be interesting.

We got news a good friend and supporter died yesterday. We are very sad we have been praying for him and his family. This makes it hard to be way the times we miss with family and friends. Although we try to make up for it when we return it is not the same as being there at the time of the event.

Last night Geri and Gail the two volunteers at the Sisters house invited us for dinner. It was wonderful food and fellowship. We were happy for a little diversion things have been pretty intense these last few weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and your interest,

Denise sds