This will probably be my last Haiti post for a while. I have an extremely busy few weeks coming up at work, and I’m not likely to have time to blog. Until I do, I’ll just be rolling out some things I wrote before the earthquake, which I’d moved aside. Haiti will still be on my mind, and hopefully I’ll still be doing what I can to help Danita’s mission and the other Haiti projects I’m working on, but I likely won’t have time to blog about it for a while.
Danita and Brittany are still in Port au Prince. Only a few weeks ago Danita was here at White Flint Farm. It’s hard to imagine a starker contrast than that between our farm and the ruins of Port au Prince.
The folks in Ouanaminthe are ready to receive the new kids, the first wave of whom should be arriving soon. The beds and bedding are set up in the church at Danita’s, where the new children will live until better quarters are constructed. The children there now are excited about having new family. The already overworked staff are cheerfully preparing for a major increase in their workload. As I see what these amazing people are doing, it makes me feel honored to know them and to have a small part in helping.
Johnny’s surgery went well. What a brave, tough boy. Here is the x-ray of his broken femur:
Johnny was in the is condition for many days, with no medications and with a cast on his ankle. Evidently no one had noticed that his femur was broken.
Some folks at CNN have been extremely helpful to the mission, procuring donations of mosquito nets and other vital supplies, and helping Danita locate needy kids amid the choas of Port au Prince. They have been a blessing.
Many volunteers have come to Ouanaminthe to help and there are now more than enought to handle the current situation. But even now Haiti is beginning to fade from the headlines and as that continues it is likely that the surge of volunteers will drop off too. We expect that there will be great need in the months to come. And of course all these new kids will need sponsors.
It is important to keep in mind that all of Haiti is suffering from this earthquake, even if not suffering physical damage. In Ouanaminthe, for example, the price of charcoal, fuel and food has doubled since the quake. For people who could barely keep their families fed before, this is a major crisis. At the Lambs of God orphanage they have quit using the generator, in order to save money on fuel. So now they have no electricity.
I know that several of you regular readers of this blog have stepped up to support Danita’s Children. I think that is awesome. And I’m sure many of you have done so without me knowing about it. I can say, without hestitation, that you’re making a difference in the lives of some really deserving children.
I’ll close with suggestions for some other ways to stay in touch with what is going on in Haiti.
Dr. Jen Halverson is an American physician doing amazing work at a makeshift clinic, and somehow finding the time to keep up a blog. http://sleepydoctor.blogspot.com/
Troy and Tara Livesay are missionaries in Port au Prince, whose post-quake efforts have been heroic. They too are keeping a blog. http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/
Karris and Brittany, two of the missionaries at Danita’s Children, both regularly post on facebook and that is a good way to keep up with what is going on at Danita’s Children. Friend them: Karris Hudson. Brittany Joy Hilker. They also both blog, although not frequently. But when they do, their posts are amazing. http://www.karrishudson.blogspot.com/ http://www.brittanyinhaiti.blogspot.com/
May all the love and attention the world is showing for Haiti persist for a long time.