Real Hope for Haiti is humbled by the sacrifice and generosity extended its way since the earthquake on January 12. I recognize that Licia’s blog is generating tremendous interest in developments on the ground in Haiti. Licia will continue to post as long as her satellite internet allows her, but I wanted to take an opportunity to share a bit about what RHFH does on a regular basis.
Pain and suffering in Haiti were felt even before the quake and its aftermath. Many children arrive at the RC in critical condition due to severe malnutrition. Many of them do not survive.
- My family has been living and working in Haiti since January of 1994.
- The have a medical clinic that is run by my sister Lori. She also writes a blog (be warned her medical pictures are a bit graphic), but has not posted since the quake because she has spent large amounts of time serving in a clinic in PAP. I like to call her the Rambo of missionaries.
- The clinic sees an average of 250 patients per day they are opened.
- They have 100,000 patients on file.
- The have 24 hour emergency services.
- Centre Sante de la Grace du Bon Samaritain, Cazale (name of clinic is “Grace of the Good Samaritan Health Center, Cazale)”
- Children that come through the clinic severely malnourished are taken with permission of the parents and placed in the rescue center, whichi my sister Licia runs.
- The rescue center averages 60 kids at any given time, although at the time of the quake there were 70. The children stay anywhere from 6 months to a year. Parents are given health and nutrition education before the child is sent home.
- There are several orphans who live in the RC, others have been adopted out.
- There are four adults that stay with us, one named Patrick who is paralyzed from the waist up from falling out of a coconut tree.
- RHFH has 73 full time employees.
- 8 ladies that was 6 days a week (in the RC)
- 3 shifts per day providing 24 hour care for the children.
- 12 ladies per shift plus shift leader
- Children eat 5 times a day, 3 meals and 2 snacks
- The building the children lived in was too badly damaged to live in safely, so they have been sleeping in the driveway since the quake. Another undamaged building has been rented, but we are still waiting for materials to be cleared from the home.
- Licia was able to send about 20 children home to their parents in the surrounding mountain villages in order to open up space for more kids impacted by the quake.
- My dad preaches at various churches and raises support, gathers supplies, ships containers, and generally ensures clinic and RC are well stocked and well staffed.
- RHFH also has a school sponsorship program.
- One thing my sister’s and Lori’s husband Charles are most proud of is a community group they are a part of that was initiated and is led by Haitians in the community and is committed to the long term development of the area creating a nursery, digging latrines, curbing erosion, and many other projects.
Now here is where it gets a bit crazy. All of this happens and my entire family lives in 2 buildings that are around 2,000 square feet each! RHFH is in the final stages of purchasing 30+ acres a near their current location to broaden the services offered and continue to attempt to meet the needs of the Haitian people we share life with in our community. As God enables us, we are discussing the possibilities of building a larger facilities for the RC and Clinic, as well as a birthing center, HIV hospice, and a small hospital as well.
Again, we are extremely thankful for all you have done in giving towards relief efforts in Haiti and the concern you have demonstrated for the Haitian people. I wanted to write this post because there have been seemingly infinite needs in Haiti before the quake and now we can only trust God for what the future holds.
If you are interested in receiving a RHFH newsletter and being updated on our work in Haiti, please email us me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and “newsletter” in the title.
I encourage you to click on any of the archives on Licia or Lori’s blog to find more stories and ideas of how the RHFH missionaries spend their lives. As their son and their brother, I must say I feel they spend their lives very well.
If you would like you can also follow RHFH on www.twitter.com/realhope4haiti
You can subscribe to Licia’s blog
You can subscribe to Lori’s blog
You can’t follow my dad via RSS because he is 63 and can barely check his email, let alone blog. Although, for a 63 year old, I’ll say he’s a stud.
Again, this post is meant to give you opportunities to know more about what RHFH does on a daily basis and how you can partner with us in the future.
Thank you for your time.
Big Jesus Love
PS. Here is an example of what they do in the RC. This fella’s name is Emmanuel.