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Happy Mother's Day May 10 2015

Time has flown by since returning to Canada. First I visited with my family in North Van and Victoria and was amazed at how the 3 grandsons have grown!!!! We are all excited about #4 to be born in June...and also a cousin to be born in June too! My family is growing.
As I write this today, I'm wondering if a day like this is celebrated in Haiti. I will have to ask DR. GARDY....WHEN HE COMES TO VANCOUVER/VERNON and then CALGARY in June 2015!!!! The committee is busy planning events for him to meet other Global Health/Community Development people, some family and friends....and hopefully a bit of time to just enjoy seeing our beautiful country for the first time!
If you would like to meet him, please get in touch with me....judydouglas@telus.net or phone 778-212-8877.....or........
COME TO OUR FUNDRAISER/MEET DR. GARDY NITE
SATURDAY JUNE 6.
7-10 PM
@KALAMALKA COUNTRY CLUB
8305 West Kal Road, Coldstream/Vernon
Tickets are for sale at the BEAN SCENE on Vernon's Main Street across from Towne Theater and include a glass of wine and appys!!
(or phone/leave a message with me and I'll save one for you)
Don't wait as many have been sold already!
If you have questions about where all the donated money has gone in Haiti, please come and ask Dr. Gardy.
See what a Haitian is doing for his fellow country...men/women/children!!!
Kyle, chairman from WATER PROJECT FOR HAITI will also be there and also
Pat, who will be able to answer all your questions about DAYS for GIRLS sewing project.
Dr. Gardy is the co-founder of OSAPO, the remote "mountain" clinic that I spend time at. He is also the administrator of PIERRE PAYEN HOSPITAL, in a nearby community. He is also (in his spare time!!) the founder of a new Nursing School....called ISSIP (Institute Superieur des Sciences Infirmieres et de Physiotherapie). The nursing school part opened Jan 19 2015 when I was there and the PT part is to start this September. Both schools are hoping that some Canadians....YOU....will come as guest lecturers at the school! There is still need for many trades people....for educating and actual working too! The best way to teach is to show! : )
Susan Kermociev was such a good example of that. She brought her mom's old sewing machine and taught 2 Haitian women how to use it. Juliana was coming to OSAPO every Monday and Thursday to use the machine. She needs help to begin to market what she's made...a small step towards a business and a way to make $$ for her family! : )
Denise Nelson was a true gift from God...very timely...as she was there at exactly the right time to help teach the Haitian nurses about laparoscopic surgery. OSAPO staff (with help from an American surgeon who brought the equipment) performed OSAPO's first 2 laparoscopic cholecystectomies in March 2015!!!
The river bank is definitely a threat to OSAPO and there is a good, well-researched plan in place to build a reinforcement wall. It's been done very successfully along the river. Dr. Gardy has local labor forces piling up rocks to be used in the metal cages which will form part of the wall! Of course this will take $$$ but if not done, there is a very real danger that the clinic will one day be lost! It is in an ideal area, it is visited daily by many people from the surrounding area....and so the decision is to stay there! This decision was arrived at with much prayer and investigating by 2 different engineering firms in Haiti.
So to all of you....I am grateful for all your support. When I see so many are still reading this with interest, I am encouraged to carry on in my journey. God is my guide, and I pray that some of you will join me there one day and see for yourself. I am tentatively still thinking about October 2015 to return. You are all a blessing to me and my prayer is that you are also blessed!
Judy

Posted by jdouglas 11:48

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