Taking a break…getting away

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 I am feeling the weight of the past few months creeping up on me.  I need a break, a get away, some peace, some sleep, some rest.  I am going away for a week with the boys and Enoch.  Okay not really going away, going to stay someplace in P-au-P.  Someplace where no one can find me!  If I do not go now I feel like things will become increasing worse for me.  I am needing a break.

The above picture is a pile of files.  These files are all the children that have died from 2004 to present.  Lori said I should go through and count how many for each year.  I will do that someday, but not now.  We have been caring for children since Feb of 1999.  I do not have the files from 1999-2004.  This makes my heart break and wonder why.  Why is there so much suffering and pain.  These are all children.  Most of them from the ages 2 to 5.  This is a critical time in their lives.  They most likely have just stopped breastfeeding and are beginning to eat.  Their bodies were getting what they need from their mothers.  Now they begin to eat like everyone else and go downhill fast.  The lack of protien and vitamins in their diet causes them to become malnourished very quickly. 

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We had three children died this week.  All with in a 24 hour period.  It was a hard day.  All three were severly malnourished and suffering from kwashiorkor.

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This is Telismane.  She is 5 years old and weighs 20 pounds.  She was admitted on Wednesday at 4pm and died 10 hours later.

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 Lounise died Wednesday afternoon

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 Rose MIca died Wednesday night 

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This is Alex.  He is 12 months old and weighs 11 pounds.  He mother is 8 months pregnant.  When she found out she was pregnant she took Alex off the breast and he has been losing weigh since then.  He is having a hard time getting used to drinking out of a bottle.  Pray for him.

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The is Babylove.  She is 13 months old and weighs 12 pounds.  Her mother is very ill and the family thought she should nto breastfeed her daughter.  She has been losing weigh and going down hill fast. She has lost 2 pounds in the past month.

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  Some recent articles on Haiti and hunger.  Please read them for me.

Fox News-Hunger from no crops

BBC NEWS in pictures 

I will not be around the internet or have email access from Monday until Saturday.  So if you need something that is urgent, you can write to my sis lori at lori@realhopeforhaiti.org.

Hoping and praying that I have a relaxing week away.

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8 Responses to Taking a break…getting away

  1. Tanya says:

    So glad you are getting away….

    The pain on those little faces is so real and so sad….

    praying your time away is peaceful and refreshing!

  2. Angie, RN says:

    Have a great time off. Relax and enjoy yourself. You derserve it!

  3. Stephanie says:

    God bless you in your time away, Licia. May He renew and restore your strength and soul together with your family during these days.

  4. I will be praying that you are all renewed and that God GREATLY blesses your family in this time away! Have fun with all of your boys…

  5. dawn says:

    Praying for you during this especially difficult time Licia. Praying that God renews and restores your tender heart as you spend time with your family. We love you out here and will be keeping you close to the Throne as you seek rest for your weary soul.
    dawn

  6. I’m so glad you are getting away. I pray you are having a great time of respite with your family. I pray for renewal of strength in you and that you will know God is keeping you. I also pray daily for the children you serve.
    K

  7. kathy says:

    wow. so much suffering. it’s hard to see it when we all have so much.

  8. Tara Livesay says:

    Hey-
    Love you and hope Port au Prince is treating your right … Deli Cat for Ice Cream — EVERY DAY. Also, that pink and purple bakery … their stuff is so good. We hope you get rest.

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