December 3

After looking at this post I think I should have made it into two separate ones. I just got carried away with uploadig pictures!  We have a team of four guys coming in tomorrow.  One has been here many times and the others are all new to us and Haiti.  Lots of things will be happening this week. 

So Lori and I and the boys went on a walk on Sunday.  We checked out the progress on the road and visiting a sick employee.  Here is part of the new road.

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Here is a picture of me for Jeanne, our fabulous volunteer, that is now left to return home,boo-hoo–I miss her!  Anyway she bought a pair of these walking shoes for Lori and I.  They were great!

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heading up a hill

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The red and gray that you see in the  background are tents.  They have shifts that are working days and nights.  So these tents are used for them to sleep and rest in.

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Henley standing in a doorway of a house that was destroyed by a mud slide

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This used to be a banana garden.  The flood waters left it full of rocks. 

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This rock was washed down by flood waters.  Imagine how strong the waters were to carry this rock into this garden.  The garden is several feet above the edge the river bed.

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Digging out in front of our house

 

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loading up rocks and gravel to be spread on the road

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This is Berlande, the baby with Spina Bifida.

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Here is what his back looks like uncovered

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 This is Lissa (lisa).  She is three months old and weighs 4 pounds.  Her mother went to a doctor and they told her not to breastfeed the child becuase she was not healthy.  The mother did as the doctor sadi and did not breastfeed her only daughter.  She has kwashiorkor, at only 3 months old.  She is in bad shape.  Babies do not recover from kwashiorkor well. Pray for little Lissa. 

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This is Nerlande.  She is 12 months old and weighs 9 pounds!  She has a very sad story.  Her mother died when she was 22 days old.  She was taken to the fathers side of the family.  They tried to take care of her for 2 months.  They said she cried to much and they passed her onto another family member.  They kept her for 1 month.  Again they could not take care of her.  They took her to her uncle’s house and left her on the porch.  The uncle’s wife found the baby and was mad at Nerlande father for not taking care of her.  She said it was his responsibility.  So she took her put her in a banana field next to a nest of fire ants.  Someone in the village found her.  One of her arms was covered with fire ant bites.  They took her to another lady in the village they thought might take care of her.

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This all happened when she was about 4 months old.  The lady in the village that decided to help Nerlande told me this today.  She heard that if you take the seeds from inside a cotton plant and drink them, it will make your milk come down so that you can breastfeed.  She did this and began to breastfeed her.   But she became pregnant herself and stopped.  This was a few months ago.  Nerlande has been losing weight and is not doing well since.  What a story!  She just melts into you chest when you hold her.  So much pain and suffering in only 12 months.

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 This is Smith. He is 6 years old and weighs 31 pounds.  This is his 3rd time with kwashiorkor.

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This is Isaac.  He is 13 months old and weighs 12 pounds.  Isaac’s mom left him with the father and 7 other siblings and went to the Dominican Republic.  The father has not heard from her in several months.  He wanted us to help out for a few months so he could get back on his feet and try to find a job.

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6 Responses to December 3

  1. dawn says:

    Every time I come here, my heart is drawn further into the heart of Haiti. But tonight I am sitting with tears just streaming down my face. Dear little Nerlande has captured my heart with her broken and beautiful smile. May God grant her healing and…love.
    dawn

  2. Licia–

    just a couple things…I got the package to Jamie that has all of the pieces to some of the toys that I took down to Anderson. Mostly parts for the tool benches.

    Also, my middle son was born with spina bifida, so berlange is very near to my heart! I am praying that he will make it for help. When Micah was born, he could not have surgery until the next day. until that time, the NICU nurses covered his back in betadine, and then would take gauze soaked in sterile water and lay them on his back to keep the defect moist. They to keep it sterile, they wrapped him with serrand wrap from the top of his butt, to right below his armpits. The biggest thing that they wanted to keep from getting on the defect, was poop. Also, they never let him sleep or lay on his back, so the nerves were not damaged more. They made a long lump in the isolet and had him lay longwise over the lump. Kind of like laying on a horse. I am sure that you guys already know all of this stuff, but If not maybe it will be useful to you or lori. If you have any other questions, or would want me to check with any of Micah’s docs; I would be glad to!!!

    praying for you guys and for this little miracle!!!

    As far as antibiotics, they had him on gentimiacyn. I don’t know if you even have any access to that???

    I will be praying!

  3. Kate Bowley says:

    Wow, I read your blog faithfully. These children just tug at my heart! I wish there was more we could do! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! I would love to come and just snuggle them up and shower them with love, or bring them all to my house and give them everything they need!
    Nerlande really touched me this morning. We were a host family to Widline she came here on a medical visa. Knowing that she was 13.5 pounds at 11 months when she returned home, really puts into perspective how little Nerlande is! She is beautiful…

  4. Lena says:

    Thank you for the updates. I am praying for the children, the families, and you, the workers.

    Praying Praying Praying.

    Lena

  5. Angie, RN says:

    Those kids break my heart. The little 12 month old that is so small really bothers me. I cannot imagine what that little baby has had endure in her short life. May God heal her little body and may she find the love of God in all who care for her! Thanks for all you do for the children of Haiti!

  6. Emily says:

    Is Nerlande available for adoption?

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