Pictures from the Rescue Center

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The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. –Martha Washington

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The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.~Author Unknownorld always looks brighter from behind a smile.~Author Unknown

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Peace begins with a smile..” Mother Teresa

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Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth.~Author Unknown

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Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

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A smile can brighten the darkest day.~Author Unknown

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A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip

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It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart. ~Author Unknown

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All people smile in the same language. – Proverb

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Smile, it’s the key that fits the lock on everyone’s hearts

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Cholera Prevention and Care in the Community

Earlier in March, we presented an opportunity to construct 6 cholera First-Aid stations through out the 4th section (comparable to a township in the states) of Cabaret, where Cazale is located.

“Sant Premye Swen Kolera” (means Cholera First-Aid Station in English)

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You donated generously and all six stations were built and have been open for patients with cholera and others with dehydration since April.

 

Beilac

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Bethel

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Delbou

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Fond Blanc

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Macafe

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Americares helped us get them all hand washing stations and megaphones for education.

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With your donations, we were able to purchase a solar powered light for caring for and transporting patients at night.

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The community health workers in charge of each of these stations had a week long training session.  Gilbert (on the right) acts as their supervisor to visit them and help them with needs and problems.

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We meet once a month to discuss progress and problems.  Supplies and medications are distributed to them when available.

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Since April, these 6 cholera workers have treated 153 cases of acute diarrhea and dehydration.  Of these patients, 8 have been transported to the CTC.  The stations are available 24/7.  There have been no deaths in their villages.

Patients are getting oral rehydration drink and medications quicker.  They aren’t traveling and contaminating those along the road.  They get their houses sprayed down with bleach.  They receive aqua-tabs to treat their water and soap to wash their hands.  They receive education from their neighbor with whom they feel comfortable.

We feel like this service and education has decreased the cholera cases, saved lives, and encouraged better hygiene.  Thank you for being a vital part in this success and providing cholera care in the Cazale area.  We appreciate each one of you that donated in March and are grateful that you sacrificially gave and believed in a grassroots community approach.  Thank you so much for caring, praying, and helping!

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Highlights from Haiti: 17 October 2014

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Staff Spotlight: Rosita

My name is Rosita.  I has been working with RHFH since Jan 2005.  I work in the Rescue Center where the kids are that are recovering before they return home with their families.  My favorite part of working at RHFH is the children.  Even though they are only here for a few months we get to spend time with them and come to love them like our own.  I enjoy being able to talk to the parents as well.  I try to tell them what foods we have been feeding their child so when they go home they can continue to feed them so they stay healthy and big.  I am in charge at the Rescue Center for 2 days of each week.  Even when I am in charge I still do all the jobs like changing diapers, giving baths, feeding the children and playing with them.  My favorite thing each day is to sing with the kids.  They love to sing and clap even the little babies smile when we sing.IMG_3018

 

I was born and raised here in the village of Cazale.  I have eight children that I care for.  One of these is a foster child that  is living with us.  She was abandoned in the clinic yard several years ago.  We all love her like our own.  She is a big part of our family now.  My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident in June.  He lived for a few days but did not make it.  It has greatly affected my life and my children lives.  He was a very good husband and father to our children.  He worked very hard to provide for all of us.  Having a job at RHFH has helped me and my family.  I am able to help out one of my sisters that does not have a job and also take care of my mother who is bedridden.  Cazale is a nice place to live we all wish that we could have a paved road and electricity in the village.  The only thing I think we need more of is meat to feed the kids, they all love eating chicken, fish and beef each week and it helps them to gain weight.  The best thing we give them is the meidka mamba to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures from the ICU today

Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.
― Mother Teresa - 

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Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
Mother Teresa 

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There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.
― Mother Teresa 

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What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
― Mother Teresa 

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Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
― Mother Teresa

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There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.
― Mother Teresa 

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Words from Gretchen

Winter 1994-95

Praise God!  Hallelujah!  Our God is an awesome God.  He is a mighty God full of power and mercy and without Him we can do nothing.  We have been receiving more revelation of this everyday.  He is our all in all.  In Him, we live and move and have our being.

This has been very evident in our challenge to dig wells over the mountain behind our home.  It has been and is a big spiritual battle for us.  The devil doesn’t want thousands of people living there to have good clean drinking water.  Some walk and carry water 4 to 5 miles one way and the water is not clean.  We have wanted to go over the mountain for over a year to drill, but it has been a struggle.  At the end of Sept, we were on our way.  We have a big army truck with 10 wheels to pull the drilling rig.  There are two very steep parts on the old mountain road and we started up the first and we started spinning.  Oh boy!  We went back home and put 50 110-pound sacks of wheat used for the feeding programs on the army truck for weight to get more traction.  We hooked up again and took another run at the mountain.  David Heady was in the army ruck pulling Zach in the well drilling rig.  David was in 2nd gear and Zach was in 1st gear and away we went, gas pedals floored.  We could literally feel God’s angels pushing us up that steep mountain.  There were 1000 ft drop offs.

To God be the glory!  After we reached the top, we stopped, got out, thanked God, and had a little Hallelujah dance.  We got back in and went about 1/4 mile and a tire blew out on the army truck.  The devil was mad and we were glad.  Hallelujah!  We got back to the place we were going to dig the first well (Blanquet) and sat up on Friday.  To make along story short, the next Thursday we found a huge source of water at 125 ft.  God cracked the rock and gave water.  The following Saturday, we showed the Jesus Film over the well and 11 received Christ as Savior.  The same week, drilling was started in another area (Tapio) and, after two weeks and 260 feet, God again blessed us with water.  We know how water is drilled in the US.  Here it is a 8″ punch dill with a bit that punches the dirt and rock out.  It’s a slow process and each well involves 1000′s and 1000′s of punches.  (Zach has blisters on his blisters.)

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We are planning on digging at least 3 to 4 more wells in the area.  Please be praying that God will supply the funds and crack the rock to bring forth the precious life-sustaining water that is so needed.  And then also that we’ll be able to dig those spiritual wells of salvation.

We are so blessed by your prayers, gifts, and financial support.  We know God is and will bless you for the investment you have made in many lives in Haiti.  This month, we were able to help 47 children attend school.  God says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Besides the precious hope and joy of knowing Christ, they need education to break the bonds of ignorance, witchcraft, and fear that the devil has so cunningly placed over this island.

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Medically, we see over 150 people a week.  Of these, many have additional needs.  We have helped with X-rays, lab tests, C-sections, and other operations.  One young lady, around 24 yrs old, came with large ulcerated sores to the bone in both legs.  We made arrangements for her to go to an American missionary hospital.  She was there 5 weeks and your giving (God’s money) paid the bills.  She suffered for many months before she came to us and her hospital treatment was very painful, but praise God she is not recovering.  This week she was in church giving God glory – and that’s where her thanks and our thanks should go.

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