Stephanie is sponsored by Bryan & Krista Williams
Notes on the Ground in Haiti. Hope for Haiti’s Children.
This week we were able to get food distributed to the Delmas & Cazeau children on Monday. A few more of the Cite Soleil children came by too. Kerlande, Judith, Lourdine, Katheline, Musset, Gusman, Silionor, Jeff, and Fales all helped divide the rice, beans, oil, sardines, spaghetti and tomato paste into bags for the distribution. Some of the younger children helped by separating out toiletries that my mom and sisters had collected in Vero Beach and shipped via MFI a week ago. Each of the kids who came by on Monday got the large bag of food staples, a toiletry bag with toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion, a granola bar and pack of crackers.
Tuesday, Jean Baptiste and I went and picked up David Senatus and his father. We all went to the embassy to try to get David’s medical visa. It was late when we got there – 11 AM – and when we got there, they had closed for the day already. So we made our plan to meet back at the embassy at 6 AM the next morning.
It was strange to go home in the middle of the day, but I did for an hour or so to get some things caught up (correspondence, organizing, etc) until it was time to go meet with Captain Doyle of the 82nd Airborne. This meeting was simply to hand over paperwork proving that we are a non-profit organization and for me to sign a claim from the accident Tim had last week with the monster army vehicle.
Wednesday morning we were all in line by 6 AM at the US Embassy. We stood in line a little over 2 hours and then got to the head of the line to be interviewed (outside the embassy) by a consular officer to determine if we would be allowed inside. We were denied. One of our board members has contacted a senator to try to get this surgery pushed through. The senator has supposedly sent the letter to the embassy. Now we wait.
From the embassy, Jean Baptiste and I went up to Mirebalais where we waited on the lady who told us she had all the food items we wanted to buy in her shop there in Mirebalais. It turns out that she had gone to PAP that morning to get it! So we went to the market and tried to find what we needed. We could only find rice and spaghetti, so we were forced to wait for the shopkeeper to arrive. We finally saw the kids from the Mirebalais & Pageste Schools and delivered food to them. From there we went on to Dubuisson and delivered their food.
My little buddy James was there as usual. James is mentally challenged and the cutest little guy. He is about eight years old and is always there waiting for me, usually with no clothes on. On Wednesday he was neatly dressed and excited about getting some rice. He told me he was going to make some sauce to go with his rice and next time I come he’ll make some for me too. Brandy Gampp is his sponsor, but he always tells all the other kids that I am his sponsor. Then he asks me if his sponsor came. James just started school this year and he seemed to be speaking a little more clearly this time!
President Preval called for three days of fasting and prayer and for the nation to repent. He called for everyone to stay home and pray or go to a church service for prayer. People did just that. The Champs Mars public square was filled with people praying as were many other public areas. People were praying outside their homes and things were closed down for this day. It was also a day of remembrance of loved ones lost a month ago today and mourning. At noon, the official prayer time was over, some businesses opened, and a few taptaps were on the roads–but not many. Tim went to the market to buy rice (I hated to send him on a day like this, but need to get things lined up for tomorrow and when I am gone). I went to the orphanage to start separating food for the Brajirois & Robert distributions tomorrow. Many of my helpers were there once again to help! We got the bags all filled for the schools for tomorrow and also a good many for Alain, a local preacher to hand out to his congregation on Sunday.