5 new children in the RC

This is Gerald.  He was in the RC in Aug of 07 (pictured below).  He stayed for a few month and left here at 26 pounds.

Here is Gerald this week. Aug 08.  He weighs the same 26 pounds.  He is swollen with Kwashiorkor. He will most likely lose a few pounds of the “water weight”.  He dad said they have no food.

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This is Ibenson.  His dad brought him to clinic this week.  Same story—no food.  The dad has several other children.  The mother has a newborn child to take care of.  The dad looked so sad.

 

Here he is with his son.  We were able to bless him with a box of food donated from (CAM) Christian Aid Ministries.  I asked him if he had an animal (mule, horse) to carry the box back up to his house.  Its a hard walk up and down the moutains–about a 6 hour walk.  His response was (tet mwen se bet mwen)  my head is my animal.  That was a new one to me.  I asked the staff what that meant.  It means anything and everything he needs to get some where he carries on his head. I pray that this small gift will be a blessing and help the family for a few days.  This is the first time Ibenson has had Kwashiorkor. 

 

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This is Fleusana.  Her is her story.  He mother died when she was about 4 months old.  He dad took her to his mom’s house.  He went back to his house.  He had to work in the gardens to make money to feed himself and his mother.  Fleusana began losing weight.  Grandma tried to get her to eat and drink, but she was not interested.  They were unable to buy infant formula for her as it was to expensive.  About 2 weeks ago they noticed that her feet were swollen.  They took her to a doctor near them.  They doctor said they needed to feed her better.  They tried but she began vomiting.  After the first week her legs and stomach were swollen.  They went to another doctor and he gave them a prescription for vitamins.  The dad did not know what to do.  Then her arms and face became swollen.   He began asking around, asking if anyone knew where he could get help.  Someone told him there was a clinic in Cazale.  They might be able to help her.  But he had to go quick as the were only opened on Tues, Wed, and Thursday.  He got up early on Thursday morning and left his house when it was still dark outside.  He began walking up and down the mountain in the hot sun.  He got to a place where he could get tap-tap (vehicle) around 6pm.  It was to late to make it to Cazale.   He found a place to sleep.  When he unwrapped his baby daughter to change her clothes he found her legs like this.

He said he was shocked.  The walk down had not been easy for either one of them.  Discouraged and losing hope he began talking to the people he was staying with.  He said he was just going to go back home.  They encouaged him to continue his journey.  He got here early Friday morning.  I asked him why he did not come Thursday and he told me the above story.  This story reminds me of Chabina.  A little baby we admitted a few months ago. A father in desperate search for his baby girl that he loves.   I began filling out the paper work for them.  I ask him if he knew she was in bad shape.  He said yes.  I told him that her chances of survival were very slim.  He said he knew that.  This is his only child.  We put bandages on her legs.  She is in really bad shape.  Will you pray for her?  Pray for her dad as well.

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This is Chachard.  He is 6 years old.  He has been following in the clinic since he was 1 year old.  This is the 6th time he has had Kwashiorkor.  His gransmother and aunt brought him.  Both parents have left the area to find work in town. The top of his right foot has a big hole in it that is leaking water. 

 

  

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This is Francoinel. She lives 6 hours away and was burned on the back of her leg.  She will stay for daily dressing changes.

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4 Responses to 5 new children in the RC

  1. Praying that God gives you peace, strength, hope, wisdom, patience, and rest! I can’t imagine seeing this day in and day out, and what that has to do to a person! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to a Country that the world has forgotten!

    May God hold you in His peace, and may he restore your souls and give you the strength to carry on every day!

    I am also praying for these dear parents. We take so much for granted here in the States, and these stories help us realize how EASY we have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We will be in Haiti next Spring/Summer, and I would love to visit your ministry! I am also a fellow Hoosier and I grew up in Haiti: Pierre Payen.

    I love your blog! It keeps me grounded and is a daily reminder of how blessed my family is!

  2. Bekki says:

    just praying – right now I have no words to say – so I will simply pray

  3. Rob says:

    I cannot imagine what the parents go through, knowing they don’t have the necessary food to feed their children. Its heartbreaking! I feel so bad for that dad that came and brought his only daughter. I pray that God will intervene in her life and heal her. I also pray for her dad, that God will give him peace and strength! We will be praying!

  4. Michelle says:

    Dear father in Heaven, I pray right now that you touch these precious children and bring forth a miracle. I pray for their health and for their spirit. Be with these families who love these children, bring them comfort and peace, Lord I pray that they feel your loving arms wrapped around them and that healing takes place in their bodies and lives. In your precious name
    Amen.

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