Dear friends and family....I just read the last entry to this blog....I've decided I really cannot call it a blog if I only write on it once every 3 months!!! WHERE HAS TIME GONE SINCE JANUARY??? : )
I am leaving Haiti in 4 days and there is soooo much to tell you. This beautiful and amazing country still needs our help....we have to be careful how that help is given, but it is still needed! Haiti is full of wonderful, knowledgable people...but the countryside was so very much neglected for too many years by the corrupt Duvalier government.
But that is in the past and Haiti is ready to move forward. I am blessed to be working with amazing visionary Haitians like Dr. Gardy. Hopefully he will get his Canadian visa and join us in Canada in June. We are planning the 2nd annual OSAPO fundraiser June 6 at the Kalamalka Country Club in Vernon. There are plans in the works for the Calgary group to also hold another event in Calgary. Time and place to be announced!
I felt very blessed to have had some Canadian friends join me here in January. I would love for more of you to come and see what I see, work with me and Dr. Gardy and his staff, see the Haiti that I have grown to love! A group of 4 Calgarians and a friend from Vernon (Susan Kermociev) joined me for 10 days and what they accomplished was phenomenal.....not earth shattering as we all would want....but very meanful. They established relationships with a group of people in the mountains nearby who are trying to keep a school going for their children, Susan taught 2 Haitian women how to sew on the electric machine that she brought and they are now sewing articles to sell, they introduced "Wonder Bags" to 10+ Haitian women who now will be able to cook for their families more efficiently, and so very much more.
You see friends, you do not need medical skills to be needed here. Come with what God has given you...and often that means just an open and giving h
I have so many stories to share with you...many sad like the baby that was brought to the OSAPO clinic after the burning roof of the home caved in on it...oh it was the very saddest day of my life knowing that the child had a very poor chance of living....and then it was the joy of seeing a little girl who lives in the community to recover from having her 6th finger digit removed. It was constantly getting caught and getting infected and now she feels so beautiful without it....such a simple solution!!! it's a genetic trait in Haitians, usually tied off at birth but this mom did not have the money to pay for it!!
Men who have hernias so huge that it is impossible for them to work......in a culture that already has a 60% unemployment rate! What hope do they have without corrective surgery? 80% of Haitian doctors leave Haiti to go to the USA. So truly, Haiti does still need medical help....but there is so much more. They need people to come with trade skills....agricultural, electrical, plumbing....please consider how you may help!!!
My email is still firstname.lastname@example.org and I welcome any and all questions and comments. I would love you to join me in Haiti. I am thinking of coming back in October 2015...after the joyful event of Joel's wedding in Sept. I am so very blessed as we also are awaiting the arrival of yet another Douglas in June 2015. I am so very thankful for all of God's blessings.
Thinking of you all......xoxoxo Judy