Someone wrote today and offered a $2500 matching fund for the cholera funds needed here in Cazale. We know that funds for cholera is not a fun thing to raise/give towards. But….lives are being saved. I have seen people carried to the facility on doors of houses. They do not have stretchers to carry them on so they tie them to the door of their house. The communities are trying the best they can to help each cholera patient get help as quick as possible. Just today we have two members of a village about 5 hours away come and ask for supplies to help get those in need to us. It was encouraging! God is at work and He is walking along side his children here in Haiti. Would you consider helping out with this matching fund need?
6 “ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Here is a link to an article written about the cholera house at RHFH and some other organizations. Everywhere you read my name it should say Lori. They got us mixed up.
WOW! This was a lovely picture below! We are missing these days of empty beds at the cholera house. The past week has been very busy. We are again seeing many, many patients with cholera.
The cholera house was donated by a local family here in Cazale. We are so thankful to them for offering this building to RHFH free of charge to care for those that are ill.
Each patient or visitor that goes in and out of the facility has to be sprayed down with a solution for alcohol.
Each person must wash their hands before entering the house. Then they put on a pair of gloves.
There is a place in the yard for those that are still able to walk but have cholera symptoms. They sit here and drink ORS for a while as we observe them. If/when they have vomiting or diar then a nurse checks that out and sees the color and amount to determine if it is indeed cholera like or just normal diar.
If they present with cholera like symptoms then they are moved to the porch and continue to drink and we observe them. Some are given medications. Some get better with the ORS and some are admitted into the house and put on IV fluids.
Once admitted into the house they are put on IV fluids and given medications as needed.
Of course you always have those that are very, very ill when they arrive. They are taken immediately into the house and put on IV fluids right away.
Most people recover quickly and are well within a few days. What a joy it is to see those that were so ill and near death be able to walk out and return home well.
Because there is no way we could hire staff to care for each individual person, a family member usually stays with them at the house. They are taught how to watch the IV’s and do some care of their family member.
When a patient is well enough to return home they are given one on one education about cholera and how to prevent it at their home and community. They are given ORS solutions, a hygiene kit and a pamphlet on cholera.
RHFH have currently spend close to $18,000 on the cholera outbreak here in our area. Our biggest costs has been IV fluids, alcohol, payroll and supplies for the house. We have had many, many donations from these groups or individuals, CAM (Christian Aid Ministries), Dr. Jen, Agape Flights, Debbie W., Jonthan M.,Mary, Jess, Anna, the Canada gals 🙂 Caroline T, Rhyan B, Port -au-Prince fellowship members, a vet named Paul, an oral surgeon,Nichole, Jess, Paul, ACWAM, Hickory Grove Church, Susan, Heartline and Samaritan’s Purse. (Please forgive me if I forgot someone!) These donations are on top of the $18,000 that has been spent.
We are currently purchasing IV fluids here in Haiti. We are paying $3.22 per IV bag and are getting this at a reduced price. A friends of ours has a contact that can get IV fluids in from the DR. We would be able to purchase these for $1.40 per bag. We would have to purchase in bulk and buy 1000 cases. But this would cover customs and it would be delivered to us. To purchases 1000 cases in Haiti it would cost us $38,640. To get it from the DR to would cost us $16,800. We could save $21, 840. We know that asking for $16,800 is a huge amount. But maybe someone knows of an organization, foundation or group that could help with this large need. We want you to spread the news for us.
Lori had a patient this week that expelled 11 liters of fluids in 12 hours. That is a lot. They needed lots of fluids through their veins to replace what they had lost. IV fluids are a must for the cholera patients that we are seeing. No donation is to small. We still have many, many needs for the patients-alcohol, clothing, sprayers, soap, paypal, chairs, tape, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, bleach, and many other items.
Here is a chart below of the Cholera activity since Nov 9th-Dec19th. Currently we have given education about cholera to 41,136 people. This is extremely important in getting the word out to everyone about what cholera is and precautions to take for it. RHFH cholera house has had 457 admits since Nov 9th.
We are so thankful to each of you that have prayed for us and those that are ill. We are so thankful to those that have donated their time, resources, and funds for this current pressing need. We could not do this without you! RHFH is committed to helping cholera patients for as long as needed in our area. We fully understand that this is could be a long term project.
Several months ago we were cleaning out a large storage area. We had two teams here for the day that helped clean and organize everything. We had lots of extra supplies. We were thankful to be well stocked. Little did we know that Cholera was coming to Cazale.
We have went through cases and cases and cases of gloves this past month.
In the first weekend we used 432 bottles of IV fluids. WOW! We were so thankful that we had a good supply on hand to get us through until we could find more to purchase.
We were getting low on infant formula and GLA donated a whole truck load.
Agape Flights has donated ORS, IV fluids and antibiotics to those affected with Cholera.
Lives are being touched, malnourished kids are being fed, babies are getting formula and gaining weight, cholera patients are recovering.
We are so thankful to God for all that He has done for RHFH these past few months.
UPDATE ON DADA…..DARLENS
This is Darlens before he got really sick. He was a in bad shape in the photo below.
Here in is now. Amazing! Thanks be to God.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
Clautude (sister to Erline below sister of baby born in post below). Clautude is 10 years old and weighs 37 pounds. She has had two siblings die from fevers. She has 4 living siblings.
Erline (sister to Clautude above) is 2 years old and weighs 20 pounds.
Rose-Marie is 2 months old and weighs 6 1/2 pounds. Her mother died shortly after she was born. Her father cannot care for her and work to provide for his other children. Rose-Marie will stay in the RC for about 18 months. She will be walking and off of infant formula by then. At that time it will be a lot easier for her papa to care for her.
Johnsly is a little guy that weighs in at 5 pounds. He is a newborn. His mother died shortly after her was born.
Dave was 2 years old and weighs 11 pounds. He died this past week.
Madelene below with her babies, as she calls them. She wants a baby doll with lots of hair so she can comb it and braid it. Anyone who would like to donated a beautiful brown baby doll for her let me know. She is doing fair. She still cannot extend her legs at all. She has several very deep sores on her hips. She eats well. Please continue to pray for her to live.
UPDATE: Someone has offered to send Madelene a baby doll. Anyone coming to Haiti in the next few weeks? Would you be willing to carry it in for her. If so let me know or leave a comment below.
15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth;
he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
16 So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.
17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty
A few weeks ago Lori was very busy with the cholera house. She was taking a short break for lunch. There was a lady that had walked several hours to arrive at the clinic. She was in labor once she arrived. We checked her and felt she had some time before I needed to call Lori to come. We moved her into a different room. She made no signs of pain or labor at all. Her facial expression did not change, she did not yell, she did not say anything. I was standing there and out comes the head. I yelled for someone to call Lori. I am serious she did not yell and change her expression at all. No pushing or anything. I grab some gloves and out she came. I was holding her when Lori arrived a few minutes later. Fast delivery.
I asked her if anyone was with her. She said her husband was outside with two of their kids. She had traveled down the steep mountains paths to help bring the kids to the clinic. I went to go find papa and give him the news. He was a little shocked. I asked where the two kids were so they could meet their new baby sister. They were sitting waiting to see the nurse. Both girls were severely malnourished. They needed up being admitted into the RC that day.
Proverbs 3:21-23 (NIV)
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
For the last two weeks the cholera count has been going down. We had three volunteers here from North America that were working in the cholera house. They all did a great job helping us and giving Lori a break. We had a few days that we only had three patients. But they all left at the beginning of the week. Today we had 22 patients. Many were very ill and unable to walk to their beds. We are going through many, many supplies but…God is providing for each and every need that we have. To God be all the Glory!
These two were patients at the cholera house. They are better and ready to return home. Everyone receives a kit and education on cholera before they leave.
This man really appreciated the care given to him from a volunteer that was here.
Here is the same man a few days later going home. He wanted to thank Paul for helping him but he had already left for the USA. So we took a picture to send Paul.
I have a special place in my heart for the older people of Haiti. I just love them so much.
Supply room restocked last night
Lori with Ginette at the cholera house. Ginette has been a huge help to so many people.
Psalm 119:147-149 (NIV)
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws
We have not celebrated Thanksgiving here at RHFH for several years. It is not a holiday here in Haiti so it seemed silly to close down the clinic to celebrate.
This year we had lots of extra people here that were willing to spend the day cooking and preparing the meal. We were excited to be able to celebrate together.
The boys, Mary and Jess prepared a skit for us. It was great and the kids really enjoyed performing for us.
We all really enjoyed ourselves and had a small break from the normal activities and were able to talk together. God is good. Thank to everyone that helped make this a special day for us.