Villager’s View

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My son had 2 boys with his wife.  His wife died about 6 months ago.  He is a farmer and works from sun up to sun down.  The wife’s side of the family decided it would be best for them to keep the youngest child Tidephca with them.  We kept the older son with his papa.  Each week my son took food to their home from his gardens so they would be encouraged to feed him.  He was sad that he did not get to see his son every day.  About 1 month ago he came and told me that Tidephca was not looking good.  I went to visit him and saw that he was losing weight.  I asked what was going on and they said that he had diarrhea and had been sick.  My son went the next week and his feet were swollen.  He asked if he could take his son to the doctor.  They asked him to wait another week.  We waiting and when we went back we found Tiephca like this.  We were all shocked.  The family said that they took him to get a curse removed that someone had put on him. They said they were told their was no hope for him and that his mama was coming to take him with her.

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My son took Tiephca to a local clinic.  They told him that he was very sick and might die.  They told him he needed to go to a bigger clinic and to go soon.  We talked to our neighbors and asked everyone we knew where we should take him.  After talking there were several places that we could go but they did not take kids in for care only gave prescriptions.  One of our neighbors talked about a village called Cazale.  I had never heard of the village but asked about the clinic there.  They said the take in kids that are almost dead, and if it is God’s will they are healed and recover.  I was so happy to hear there was a place I could go to get help for my grandson.  It was Friday, and the clinic was opened on Tuesday.  On Saturday morning when we woke up Tiephca was ever more swollen.  His stomach and legs were very big.  An older person in the village told me I something to try for the swelling.  I had him stand in the hot dirt, then I rubbed the dirt all over his body.  After that I took a broom and swept his feet.  This was to bring the swelling down.  I did this 3 times on Saturday. The swelling went down in his stomach but now his legs were bigger.  I went to church on Sunday and everyone prayed for him.

 

I left on Monday morning to begin my trip to this village called Cazale.  I walked for 3 hours down a very steep mountain path.  His papa carried him the whole way down.  Once we got to the bottom of the mountain we found a motorcycle that could take us to a bigger village.  My son went back up the mountain to tend to his animals and gardens.  I rode on the moto for about 30 minutes and arrived to the next village.  We have some friends there so we stopped and took a bath and had lunch with them.  After that we got on a tap-tap (taxi) and rode for about 1 more hour.  We got out of the tap-tap and got on another motorcycle to go into the village of Cazale. We arrived on Monday evening.  Everyone said you have to get in line very early.  When I got to the village I did not know anyone.  I asked them where the clinic was.  They showed me and I found about 30 people already lined up to get number tickets to enter the next morning.  I was a little shocked.  I found someone that was cooking food and asked to buy a plate.  The lady asked me where I was from, I told her and she said that I had come from very far away.  She explained to me about the clinic and how the process was to enter to see the nurses.  She was very nice and I asked God to bless her.  I slept on the ground that night with everyone else.

The next morning very early there was a man that came outside to give us our numbers to enter.  He asked for everyone that had appointments for that day.  I become stressed but stayed in line.  The man came to me and asked if I had an appointment and I said no, but he saw how sick Tidecha was and told me those that are very ill, babies and emergencies will pass early and he gave me a number card to get in.  He put his hand on my hand and said you do not need to be scared we will take care of you.  I went and got a chart made for him and then waited on the the bench to be seen.  The nurse spent a long time explaining to me what illness my grandson had and what had caused it.  I cried and was very sad.   She gave me 2 choices I could follow in an outpatient program or the inpatient program.  Since I live so far away we both felt like the inpatient program would be the best.  He was admitted today and now I am filling out paperwork for him to be admitted.  I am crying now becuase I will miss my grandson but I am crying also becuase I am happy there was a place that could help him.

 

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Pictures from the ICU today :)

Jessica!!

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St Vic and Pierre Louis visiting for a few weeks on summer vacation

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Jonelson recovering in the ICU

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Clivenson feeling better after being sick for several weeks

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Tisime-admitted on Friday  he has already lost 2 pounds of water weight from his kwashiorkor

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A mother visiting her sick child in the ICU

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Dieunise with a full belly after breakfast

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Joe-Bussa was readmitted last week very ill and so sick he was unable to hold his head up.  He is slowly recovering in the ICU

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Charlens feel good this morning  but missing his buddy Lori

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Words from Gretchen

Links around the time frame 1994

October 1994-Dec 1995

Truth Commission Haiti 1994-1996

Haiti 1986-1994

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This letter was written by Gretchen in October 1994

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Infant formula matching grants

This little bundle of joy came to us last year weighing just 2 pounds 13 ounces.  Her mama had cholera and delivered her early and then died.  The family has also lost 3 other children.  Her papa is a farmer and grows sweet potatoes in his fields.  He asked us to care for Johanne until she is walking and off of infant formula.  At this point he will be able to take her to the fields where he works and she can sit under the shade trees with the other kids why the parents work and be ok.

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New admits to the ICU/RC

BEATRICE

She is 8 months old and weighs 7 pounds.  She was admitted with a 105 temp, diarrhea, vomiting  and was in distress.  She was referred to us from Children’s Health Ministries.  She has 1 living sister at home.  Her mama and papa both buy items in bulk and resells them for a profit.  They also have gardens that produce beans and corn.  The family lives in a 3 room home made of block and tin.  They do not have running water in their home or a flush toilet, but do have an outhouse.  They get their water from a piped system that is about a 15 minute walk from their homes.  Her mama stopped breastfeeding her about a month ago because she had a fever and thought she would made Beatrice sick as well.  They have been feeding her spaghetti and soup since then.  They traveled 5 hours by motorcycle and taxi to arrive at the clinic.  The families average monthly income is around $35US.  She was given medication and started on the F-75 therapeutic milk and then graduated to the medika mamba program.

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JAMESLY

He is 3 years old and weighs 18 pounds.  He had been following in our outpatient medika mamba program and was not improving but getting worse and was admitted into inpatient care. His parent are both farmers and grow corn and grain in their gardens.  The family of 4 lives in a 1 room home made of rocks, clay and tin.  They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet, not even an outhouse.  They get their water from a source that is a 1 hour one way walk from their home.  His diet is one plate of rice a day.  That is it.  This is his first time with kwashiorkor so we are hopeful that he will recover.  The families average monthly income is $68US.  He was started on the F-75 milk therapeutic milk and then graduated to the medika mamba program.

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JESSICA

She is 21 months old and weighed 11 pounds at her lowest weight.  She was referred to us by Children’s Health Ministries.  Her mama has been to several other hospital near her home.  They all gave her prescriptions and ordered test.  She would buy the meds that she could afford and then did not have money to get the blood test done.  When her mama sat in the chair to be seen she just started crying and was so sad that her daughter was so sick.  The family of 6 lives in a 1 room home that they rent.  They do not have running water in their home, but do have a flush toilet.  They buy their water from a place that is about a 30 minute walk from their home. Her papa is a teacher and her mama buy and resells items for a profit.  She was started on the F-75 therapeutic milk and then graduated to medika mamba.

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JETLIE

She is 4 years old and weighs 22 pounds.  She was referred to us by Children’s Lifeline Ministries.  She was admitted with a fever, pneumonia, coughing and kwashiorkor.  Her papa is a farmer and her mama sews clothing.  She comes from a family of 10 children, 5 of those have died.  The family lives in a 2 room home made of rocks, clay and tin.  They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet, not even an outhouse.  There is not a water source in the village and they walk 3hrs to get clean water to drink.  Her mama also told us that she goes for days at a time without eating and just wants water to drink. The families average monthly income is $11us per month.  She was started on medications and the F-75 therapeutic milk and then graduated to the medika mamba program.

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 JONELSON

He is 3 years old and weighs 19 pounds.  He was admitted with a fever and kwashiorkor.  His papa is a taxi driver and his mama buys and resells items for a profit.  He has 7 living siblings and 3 that have died.  The family of 9 lives in a 2 room home made of bricks, clay and tin.  They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet, but do have an outhouse.  There is a truck full of water that comes to the village each day.  They take their buckets to the truck and purchase water from the truck.  The day he was admitted he had a banana and the day before a plate of spaghetti.  It took his parents 2 hours to arrive at the clinic by motorcycle.  The families average monthly income is around $11US.  He was started on the F-75 therapeutic milk and then slowly graduated to the medika mamba program.

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CLAUDENA

She is 2 years old and weighs 23 pounds.  She has kwashiorkor, fever, and lots of open sore of her skin.  Her mama died about 1 year ago and her papa has been raising her since then.  He is a farmer and grows corn and beans in his gardens.  The average monthly income for the family is $11US.  The family of 7 lives in a 3 room home made of rocks, tin and clay.  They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet, not even an outhouse.  They get their water from a source that is about 30 minute walk from their home. The day she was admitted and the day before all she had was juice to drink and no food.  She was started on the F-75 therapeutic milk and then graduated to the medika mamba program.

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Is there anything that you really need I can send?

Sure!!  There is lots of items that are needed in the clinic, guesthouse, rescue center, and general missions that would be a blessing to us.  Here’s a list:

2014 August Needs List

Contact lori@realhopeforhaiti.org and we will give you an address of where you can ship it to get to Haiti.  THANKS!

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