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Thank you!

One way to prevent cholera and other diseases is to promote good hygiene practices.  Many are willing, but do not have access to sanitation services.  It is common for some to have to use the gardens because they don’t have a latrine or outhouse.  The community group, GVADK, has built numerous outhouses over the past several years with the help of several generous donors.  The last donor gave through the paypal link on this page (scroll down).  Because of this donation of $550, we were able to build an outhouse in a village that has had numerous cholera outbreaks.

Many of the homes in one portion of the village do not have access to an outhouse.

This outhouse was built so that many households could use these sanitation services.  The recipients decided where it would be located and dug the hole.  We expect that it will serve about 45 people in 6 households.  Thank you for your continued support in our community projects.

CTC construction update

You can see past updates about the building of the CTC here and here

Here is Zach looking out over the site.

at the beginning …..

foundations being build…..

ready to do the columns and start putting the block up…

the walls are starting to go up…….

This is how it looks currently…..

The 2 buildings in the back are wards that hold 25 beds a piece.  The long building in the front in the Admin building, storage depo, morgue, trash, offices, ORS (oral re-hydration station), discharge and admissions building.  We are very, very excited about the progress of the project.

These are random pictures of the building process.

cool picture credits go to Brennon :)

The grass is greener…

…on the mountainside.  With lots of rain lately, the vetiver and trees are growing quickly.  Click here to see how it looked when we started planting a month ago.  This is what it looked like today.

There are approx 750 meters (2460 feet or 0.47 miles) of vetiver planted so far.  We used 150 dirt sacks (used like sand bags) to fill in ravine areas and help hold earth in place.  There are 50 palm trees and 200 other reforestation trees (mahogany, cedar, flamboyant, etc).  We used 360 pickets.  These are freshly cut sticks that you put in the ground that will start growing leaves within 2-3 weeks.  These have a lower rate of survival than a seedling, but they develop into a full grown tree faster.  They are planted close together.  When they start to take, we’ll throw big palm, coconut, & banana leaves and other things down (cardboard) on the upper side of them.  This will slow any mud run-off and erosion.

We planted all of the sacks that were in the first nursery already.  Today, they finished filling and sewing to complete the second full nursery.  It seems to take 5-6 weeks for the vetiver to really take off and grow so that the sacks are ready for planting.

They still need to burn the holes in the sacks that they did today before they plant them, but they went ahead and gathered vetiver starts from older plants that have been growing around Cazale for a couple of years…

…and separated them.  These are ready to go and will be placed in the sacks tomorrow morning.

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago when they started on this section.

They planted 3 horizontal lines around the top of this huge ravine.  This isn’t from the same angle, but it’s growing really well too as you can see in this photo taken today.

They will continue planting vetiver in this same area tomorrow.  I’m not sure if you can tell the actually depth and distance of the ravine in the photo above, but the ravine is deep and big.  Prayers for safety are appreciated.  They will also be planting 100 lime trees.

Planting vetiver helps with erosion control

Charles and several others are planting vetiver to protect the mountain side surrounding the area where the new CTC (cholera treatment center) will be located.  Several guys have been building rock walls in the really bad spots over the last few months.

They have finished in one area, so Charles started planting and trying to stabilize the slope.  They started by cutting rice sacks in half (length-wise) and sewing them.   They filled these with dirt and then burned slots on the top.

They inserted vetiver slips or starts and watered them daily until they began to take off.

They loaded them up to transport them to the planting site.

Then unloaded them…

…and handed them down the mountain to those that were planting them.

These vetiver starts will grow quickly since our rainy season started early this year.  The sacks were placed using the “A-frame” method.  When you are standing on the side of a mountain, you can’t really tell what is the perfect horizontal line.   This method gives that line so that the vetiver grass can be planted efficiently to minimize the damage done by heavy rainfall.

 

Vetiver grass for erosion control is an excellent technique for Haiti, especially in our mountainous area.  We’ll post pictures in the coming months so that you can see the growth of the plants and the development of the area.

Worship Wednesday: The Holly and the Ivy and the Incarnation…

We enjoy the chex mix. We enjoy the gifts. We enjoy the carols. We enjoy the family.

But Christmas is really about the Incarnation.

I mean, technically you can spell Christmas without Incarnation, but you don’t have Jesus without the Incarnation. The Incarnation is the who, what, when, where, how, and why we celebrate. The 2nd member of the Godhead putting on flesh, coming to redeem us. The idea of the hypostatic union is too expansive to fit in any stocking of mine. To understand the concept that Jesus was truly God and truly man…well, it is too much for me to wrap my head around, as big as my head might be.

Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” How does that work? I mean, how can it be that Jesus, being omnipresent as God, simultaneously everywhere in the universe and sustaining everything in the universe…how can he be contained in baby’s body, wrapped in swaddling clothes and captive to a manger?

It might be too cliché to call it a Christmas miracle, but I’m going to do it anyway. Or, perhaps it would be better to call it the miracle that made Christmas. Either way, the Incarnation is something that should be considered, remembered, studied, analyzed, and thought about, but moreover than any of that, it should be something that causes us to worship .

 

 

Louisimise

This is Louisimise.  You can read her story here

We are looking for people to donate the string that is pictured below so that she can continue to make these bracelets. 

If you would like to donate some please let me know at licia@realhopeforhaiti.org and I will let you know how to get the string to us for her.  THANK YOU !

 

 

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