Hey Huntsville Alabama!We will be in Huntsville tonight and tomorrow morning for all three masses at St Mary of visitation. We will be giving an Haiti update and have Haitian art and craft for sale. Hope to see you there!
We are all set up and ready to go! We will be here until about 7:30.
If you are close, please stop by.
We are at:
Trinity Church Of Lavonia, 34500 6 Mile Rd Livonia, Michigan 48152
We hope you enjoy our summer newsletter. Those of you on our mailing list will be receiving a copy in the mail.
Last weekend I went on retreat. It was the first time in too many years and I was needful.
I was rewarded with one take away that I will always keep close.
"I pray for wisdom to identify useless thoughts… and not let them distract me."
The Parish Twinning Programs Annual Sea Container Program for Haiti spent the last two weeks collecting donated relief items for Haiti. Next week we will load the containers. It looks like it might take seven containers this year.
Special thanks to the following people for their contribution. (In no special order) Please forgive me if I have left you off this list.
Renee Madwell, Rob Benshoof, Pat, Tim, Mick, Big Bob, John and Linda Demick, John White, Frank and Sue Smith, Cathy Randolf, Bauduin Foundation, Sr Donna, Mona, Bob Fairchild, Robby and Angel Snyder, Carla Wyss, Joe Ross, Merry Charron, Darlene Thomas and Murfreesboro Schools, Joey and Sara Fry, Haley and Casey Curtis, Fr. David Cooney, Bryan and Liz Kleperak, Louis and Christine Colomborini, Chris Hubert and all of the rest of you wonderful friends and family that support the Haiti Project. A little reminder: Please remember the food for the school lunch program for the children in Haiti during lent. A donation for as little as $5 will feed twenty children lunch for one day. Many people making small sacrafices together make a big impact. M’eci Anpil, Thank you very much.
Bob and Denise
The School Lunch Program
$45 Feeds a Student for 1 Year
The Haiti Project’s School Lunch Program is the primary, often the only source, of food for the 5 schools of Riviere Mancelle.
The Problem: HUNGER and MALNUTRITION
Hunger and poor nutrition are serious problems in Haiti. Our area is no exception. Many children do not eat every day. The consequences are stunted physical and intellectual development.
What can you do about it?
Support The School Lunch Program.
When friends like you partner with us, we can combat the hunger of the children by providing food for The School Lunch Program.
100% of Your Donation Goes to Buy Food Only.
All other associated expenses are funded separately.
Our goal: feed 750 children, 180 days @ 25¢ a meal. Imagine your donation of only $5 feeds 20 children
We are working on long term solutions by working with parents and students to develop school gardens, hosting nutrition clinics and teaching farmers improved farming practices to increase yields and reduce environmental impact. Beginning January 2017 we began buying food from local farmers, rather than buying imported food. We are working very hard to facilitate changes to help these families.
This is a very important program. Riviere Mancelle has very few resources. Many people earn less than $1.00 US a day. Many of the children go to bed hungry. Your donation fights their hunger.
Charitable contributions from people like you are the foundation of The School Lunch Program. This Lent please consider feeding the children as part of your Lenten sacrifice.
Please send your check to: The Haiti Project – 3668 Lower Helton Rd.- Alexandria, TN 37012 Or donate online at: www.PartnerInHaiti.org (please specify lunch program)
February 21,2017 Another week in the field This week as week we spend here, pretty much proved to be interesting and eventful. Monday we spent at the sister’s house so we could use their internet. It has become apparent that people are not receiving emails that I send from my phone. I don’t understand why, it has always worked in the past but several people have let me know they did not receive my emails. This means I need to take my computer to town where there is WIFI to send an email. I do receive emails, as far as I know, also to post a blog and to down load books to my kindle I need to have WIFI. We have looked into having WIFI at our apartment but it is very expensive and questionable if it would even work. Our batteries for our solar panel are dying, our electricity is very limited. We are turning our inverter off all day, and only have electricity for a few hours at night. We do have some solar lights we use but these too are limited. We hope to be able to replace our batteries next fall when we return to Haiti. We have been given a couple more solar panels and are planning to add them to the system when we get our new batteries. Monday night we received a call from Sr. Pat asking us to pick up Sr. Carmel from Gros Morne she was going to have a mobile clinic in Buchan Richard. Bob went to get her and brought her to the apartment. We had the boxes we had picked up in Gonaives for her and she needed to go through them to see what needed to go to her clinic in Kalabot and what she wanted to go to the hospital in Gros Morne. I then took her to Buchan Richard. I had no idea of what we were going to do really. When we arrived a young nurse was already there and had set up a small pharmacy on a table in the church. Sister started by addressing the people who were waiting in the court yard of the church, she spoke about nutrition and then we had prayer. We saw 29 people I was impressed at how knowledgeable sister was. She is our first nun to have had good training in medical, she has a lot of energy and a real passion for serving the people of RIviere Mancelle.I was very encouraged by her. Wednesday was a day we took to get caught up round the apartment. I used to feel guilty when we had a down day. Now I know they are necessary for our sanity. There is always maintenance as in any home, plus just time to relax. I noticed we didn’t see Mano all day but this is not totally unusual since his stroke. He is able to walk, but he is still weak. That night at dinner Bermond told us Mano had a fever, and was shaking. So we went to check on him, I decided that he needed to go to the hospital. Someone that was not so frail I would have given Tylenol and waited to see how they were the next day, but he is very frail right now. We finished eating and loaded him up in the truck. You have to bring your own sheets, blankets, towels, pillow, bucket everything you may need with you to the hospital. We got to the hospital and took him to emergency. The doctor needed to see his medications; I had forgotten to grab them. So Bob and I had to return to Garcin to get them. This is about an hour long trip. We had stopped and got John Lwi on our way to the hospital so he stayed with Mano. He also spent the night with Mano at the hospital that night. Early Thursday morning we left to find motos to take us and two of the volunteers to Kalabat. The road is very bad shape from all the rain this winter. We could not take our truck. We were going up for an agricultural meeting, meet with the sisters to discuss the schools, and set dates for the Woman’s formations. The meeting was to begin at nine and we arrived after a torturous trip at ten minutes to nine. No one was there, this did not surprise us. Soon people started to arrive and about an hour later the meeting began. Problems were brought up that they had been given solutions for at previous workshops. Sr. Victoria got up and gave this wonderful talk. She told the people that Haiti would never change if everyone sat around and waited for the US to save them. They had been given several workshops and they needed to put their new knowledge to work. She also said that she didn’t have money to give anyone, but she had knowledge that she could share just like us. It was inspiring and something we are hearing from our leaders more and more. After the meeting we went to the sister’s house for some soup left over from the school lunch. We started to meet with Sr. Augustine about the schools but our moto drivers came to get us. It was starting to rain and they were concerned about getting us back. So Sr. Augustine is coming to take sponsored children’s pictures on Thursday and we will finish our meeting then. Because of the rain we went back down the mountain faster than we went up. I had forgotten just how hard this trip is on moto and the road thru the river being so bad. By the time we got to town I was ready to start to cry from all the jostling for over an hour. We got our truck and went to the hospital to check on Mano. He was a little better but had not had any food. We went and bought him food and returned home. Friday I was so sore from the trip to Kalabat I just worked on research for the woman’s workshop and took it easy. Bob went to town to check on Mano and to go to the bank. They said Mano could leave later that day. Bob waited around and then came back home, John Lwi would call when Mano could leave. About seven o’clock we got word Mano could leave. Bermand and Bob left to go get him. But when they got to the hospital they were told, no he could not leave; poor Mano was all dressed sitting on his bed ready to leave. He did need more medication so it was a good thing Bob went so he could buy it for him. Saturday morning Bob and Bermand went to the Center and I did laundry. We then got a call that Mano was ready to come home. So when Bob returned we went to town to get Mano. We brought him back home then went back to town to meet with Pushen a volunteer that is going to help me with the woman’s workshop. I still have a lot to do to arrange these workshops. The first one will be on February 28th, and one at our Center the day before we leave on the 7th of March. Thank you for your interest and your prayers, Denise
February 12th, 2017 A week in the South of Haiti Our good friends Elwood and Anita got new jobs in the South of Haiti. They are in the process of moving to a new compound there. An apartment is being created in a school building. They needed help not only with moving some of their belongings but also in making the apartment livable. Bob and I agreed to come and spend a few days to help them. Saturday morning we got up very early and left Garcin to pick up our friend Pevwa to take him to the airport. Then proceeded to Elwood and Anita’s to load our truck with the things they had ready to move. The truck when loaded has a much smoother ride but around curves over 80 kilometers it gets a little swimmy, so we had to drive a little slower than them. They went ahead they need to get building materials from Port and were afraid the stores would close early. We called Anita when we got to Port and arranged to meet them after dropping Pevwa off at the airport. Bob helped Elwood decide how much plywood he wood need for the cabinets and they got other items they needed. We had thought we would go all the way to their house but it was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and we still had another 4 to 5 hours left to drive. Bob and I decided to stay the night in Port and go the rest of the way Sunday. The trip was uneventful; we listen to an audio book and enjoyed the scenery. The south of Haiti is much flatter; there are mountains off in the distance but not like where we live. The Caribbean is beautiful and in the south you are much closer to it. This was my first time in the South of Haiti. We arrived at lunch time and were greeted by our friends; they had Mary and Martha with them who are two young Amish girls that come to visit every year. They are truly a delight, they have very good Creole, are very helpful and wonderful cooks. I had offered to lay the tile in the apartment. This is something I enjoy doing and have quite a bit of experience with. But when looking at the apartment nothing was level, there were bumps in the floor and the shower walls were either concave or convex. The way I know how to lay tile you start with completely flat surfaces. It was decided they would hire a Haitian tile setter for the job. To fix the surfaces to be flat would take a lot of time and money. Bob agreed to help them get started on building the kitchen cabinets. Monday was a work day Bob got started on the cabinets; I chiseled some cement off the floors to prepare them for tile. On Tuesday four young Amish men and two young ladies arrived. This proved to be a very interesting week to live with the Amish. The girls took over the cooking and cleaning. It was like out of a story book coming into the kitchen seeing them cook with their long dresses and caps. The young men went right to work some helping Bob and some building tresses for a Church roof that had blown off in the Hurricane. I learned many things being with these wonderful young people. The Amish women never cut their hair their whole life, not even trim it. They don’t use zippers. They sing a lot, beautiful hymns. Because they have lived in community their whole life they have perfect harmony. This experience has made me think a lot about my own faith walk. The concept of not living in the world, the concepts of the clothing I choose to wear. Many, many things, I haven’t even processed all of them. I guess I feel like we are all called in different ways. In the Catholic Church we have monasteries were the monks have chosen seclusion, each of us has to find our path and follow it. I don’t think there is only one way to worship God, or only one path to his kingdom. It is a wonderful to experience the different parts of the body of Christ.