Sunday Jan 28 Update from Haiti
First of all, we want to thank everyone who provided donations for Haiti. We were able to pack seven bags of donations (no more than 350 pounds). We weren't sure we would be able to take all the donations, but, as God would have it, we had about 340 pounds of donations, the perfect amount! Your contributions will have a significant impact on the children in Cap Haïtian.
Our trip here was uneventful except for the $110 fee at the airport for the donation bags. Other than that, everything went smoothly.
The team went to church on Sunday morning and were delighted to see that the Kids Alive Choir was singing in worship. After church we went to the Kids Alive Village to see the new school and the work site for the new dining hall we are going to work on. We had lunch at the school -- the traditional Haitian Independence Day dish -- pumpkin soup.
Next, we went on a community walk and saw the house of the woman who received $50 from our team last year to pay for rent for the next FIVE years. We also met a grandmother whose daughter had two boys, one age two and the other 6 months old. The two-year-old was smaller and had significant developmental issues because her mother had the Zika virus while pregnant. This was very sad to see, but the Kids Alive staff are working with the family to get treatment and therapy for the boy, who can't sit up and has no ability to control one arm and leg.
The Kids Alive cooks brought us dinner on Sunday evening at 6:00. Then Jeff Vandermolen, the Kids Alive Project Development Director for the Dominican Republic and Haiti, walked us through blueprints and plans for the trenching and rebar work that we will begin on Monday morning.
One of our first challenges will be the removal of a large tree root that is right in the path of one of the footing trenches.
We are all doing well and ready for a full work day tomorrow. We appreciate the prayers.
Until tomorrow night,
Doug, on behalf of the team