OFF AGAIN JAN 30 2017!
Hello to all.....well some people have been asking me about my blog. There are always so many stories to tell and I really will give it the "ole college try" again.
When Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti inOctober 6 2016, I knew I could help in some way alongside Dr. Gardy and he said to please come! His mom lived in LesCayes, right along the fringe of the hurricane as it HIT the south arm of Haiti. I had been to this area 4 years ago and I remember describing it as lush and jungle-like, as compared to the north arm where I live. Now it was totally flattened/devastated/treeless and most roofs gone! I have never seen anything like it in my life.
When I returned, I wrote an article for my local paper VERNON MORNING STAR and if you go on their website and click on the eEditions and go to the January 8 2017 edition, page 23-24, you'll be able to read my article.
2 weeks ago, 2 nursing buddies from Vernon, Susan Kermociev and Olga Hamilton, went there for a 3 week stint of teaching 10 Haitian women how to sew. OSAPO's long term plans include a school and the kids will need uniforms and so these women will have a job!
Also, Andrea Nelson from Calgary is there supporting a small rural school in the nearby hills from OSAPO. She works with the local teacher/director and they have expanded the programs from 30 children to over 100 in just 2 short years. This will be Andrea's 5th or 6th trip in that time and she has painted wood to make blackboards, hired a Haitian builder to make desks, started a goat program, helped get a community garden going that the children help look after and she supports a daily rice meal program for the students! I'm sure there's more but you get the idea that she is one dedicated and busy lady.
Andrea and Susan are also directors on our newly formed Society Board....."CANADIAN FRIENDS OF OSAPO-HAITI SOCIETY" is official now and we're working with the CRA on obtaining a tax receiptable status. Next will be a website development....and we would LOVE someone to help us with that! It may be to help improve an existing OSAPO one that is in the works and then we would have a link on that to a page of ours??? But we need help in however it will look.
Coming with me this time is another retired nurse friend, Ann Simonski. She has been on other mission trips, loves children and she is like a magnet to them. I know I'll be getting some pics of Ann surrounded by a group of kids as she reads a book to them!
Also coming are 2 surgeons from the Vernon area, Drs. Ghee Hwang and Hamid Izadi. Dr. Toussaint from the OSAPO group has plans to keep them busy for the 1-3 weeks that they will be there.
Dr. Toussaint has asked me to hold another Introduction to OR Nursing course as there is a need at the clinic again as the ones who were trained in 2011 have all left...sad but true. The last one just had a baby boy in December and I'm hoping she will return and help out.
In March, my dear cousin Cam Hite from Port Moody area and his wife Cindy and son Ethan are joining me. Cam will be doing some electrical work and Cindy, a retired nurse, will be kept busy as will Ethan. The kids in the community will have lots of soccer for him to play and hills to hike and see the terrain.
So friends....all for now. God has blessed all the many plans for this time. I know He led me to Haiti in October, kept me safe, showed us how to help the stricken people in the best way at the time. And now this trip is blessed with so many people joining the OSAPO Haitian staff in serving the people of Rousseau.
Please pray for us all in our time there, for safe travel and that we would be led to obey and serve the people.