The Internet is working–finally it has stopped raining! It is still very cloudy out and foggy here in our area. Hanna took Haiti by surprise and came down on us during night and early morning. It rained again for over 24 hours here in Cazale. We have been hearing news by radio and calling friends and family we know. This is what I have heard on the news here in Haiti. Gonavies, a large city up north, was hit hard by rains and flooding. A reporter was on top on a house and counted 10 bodies that floated by. One of Enoch’s friends that lives there said it is worse than last time a bad hurricane came through several years ago. Enoch left his car in town, up above Petionville, and a tree fell on it. Luckily just a cracked windshield. His brother that lives in town had several trees fall in his yard and broke several windows in his house. We did not have a lot of wind, but Port-au-Prince did. There are reports and lots of trees and electric poles down. The radio is reporting the death toll at 26 right now.
When it was time for the night shift to come in last night at 9pm, they called me on the phone and were scared to pass on the bridge. They could not really see how high the water was and but could hear the big rock rolling down in the water. So Enoch and I went out with flashlights and were able to help them get across. Once they could see how high the water was they were not as scared. We could hear large rock rolling down the river bed all last night from where we sat in our house. Here are the pictures that I took a little while ago. The water is beginning to go down.
The blue pipe is a water line exposed.
The rock wall is a house near the river. Where the lady is standing in the black skirt is where the cars pass. Once it dries up some say they should still be able to pass there maybe??
Looking across the river.
Trees ripped up laying in the river bed.
If you remember my post a few months ago on the laundry we do for the RC, you will know we have 8 ladies that wash 6 days a week. To wash you have to have clean water and sun to dry them. The laundry was washed Monday but is still wet in baskets. This is Tues and Wed laundry. I was running out of clean diapers, sheet, and clothes. THANK YOU to everyone that has donated supplies and clothes. We were able to find several boxes in the depo to get us through.
**News on the local water pipe system is not good. We have heard that a mountain side slid down on the pipe system and there are at least 6 large pipes missing. In another area near the river, the water ripped up some piping there as well. We will have to wait until the water goes down to find the total damage that is there. So that means we have the water in the tanks above or the dirty river water. We will have to make the water last until the river cleans up–then we will be back to hiring someone to carry it in by buckets. I fear that it will be weeks before we have running water again. Hello lovely river water.
**Rosena’s family did not come down today. We will wait and see what happens. You guys all rock! I had ten emails this AM of people wanting to help. The staff seems to think that they will come tomorrow to get her. They do not believe that they could have dug a hole to bury him yesterday or today because it is so wet. He died Monday evening. Normally people need to buried within 24 hours here. Rosena wanted to know what I was going to do with her now. Such a tender heart, she never knew her mother and now she has lost her dad. We continue on this life that God has given us. Continue knowing he is in control. Continue to pray for her, her future and her family.
Here she is in her new dress.
In Haiti, and in many other country, the family honors the one who died by wearing black. If it is your mother, you wear black for two years, if it is your father for one year, if it is your child six months. Rosena will be expected to wear black for her father, to honor and remember him. We will be working on some other clothes this week.
**The lady with the bad infected foot needs to go to a another hospital. We have been waiting on her family since Monday to come and get her. There has been no traffic in or out today. Her foot is rotting.
**I now have 9 children that are suffering from kwashiorkor. They do not have a mild case there are all severe.
**There is another hurricane called Ike that is expected to follow the same path as Hanna.
**I have a visitor coming in tomorrow morning at 9:30am that I have never met. We have no running water.
**I am not a nurse
**I miss Lori–I have been able to talk to her about everyday so that is good.
**Troy L. came out yesterday, in all the Hanna rain, with a wonderful couple from World Wide Village we talked and showed them around. They were so encouraging to me and prayed a heartfelt prayer for me and the children before they left. We also talked about Medika Mamba .They also brought several sacks of groceries for us. Thanks! We missed seeing you Tara!
**Even with all the rain we admitted three children into the RC this week. (update on them below)
**rice is $40 Haitian a marmite (a #10 can) 6 months ago it was $20
** kids and adults 73–wait maybe I counted wrong…
**the cell phone server in our area is out–no service
**we are limiting the filtered water to two gallon per person so we can try and help everyone out the best we can.
Andreline stayed in the RC for 3 month and gained 5 pounds. She is back swollen again with kwashiorkor only 6 months later. Her mom said they have no food.
This is Carlens. He is 15 months old and weighs 15 pounds. He is the mothers only child and she said she did not want to breastfeed him. I asked why and she said she just did not want to. This is her only child. He is suffering from diarrhea, cough, fever, scabies and starvation.
This leg belongs to Naider. He fell and got cut last week during the first hurricane. He got his leg sewed up someplace else and it became infected. The wound split back open with infection. They could not get out due to the rain so they bought powder to put on it. Here is what it looks like today.
I posted this quote a few days back
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
Someone left this in the comment section
6 Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Si n’ap viv jodi a malgre
siklon, grangou, ak maladi,
nou dwe di,
Nou genle la pou yon bi.”
If we are alive today in spite of
hurricanes, hunger and sickness,
we should say,
Thank you, Lord.
We must be here for a purpose.”