Gust post By Jody :) If you have been to Haiti and do not speak Kreyol, you might be asking “What are they saying?” Here at RHFH we are privileged to have Gilbert Belneau, one of our translators, to help answer that question.
Gilbert has worked for RHFH since October 2004. He starting out in the Clinic, filling out charts and giving to patients and preparing letters to transport people to the hospital. In 2006, Gilbert went to Hinche, Plateau Central to be trained in the care of people with HIV & TB. He travel to patients in our area with TB and administers their daily medications. He also lets RHFH know the needs of these patient as many are unable to walk and travel to the clinic. He comes and gets their medications every 2 weeks at the clinic and talks with the nurses about each patient and how they are doing. With this training, he is able to help empower the patients to care for their needs as well. This past year, Gilbert was able to travel to Wellington, South Africa and complete a “Transformational Leadership Program” and “Coaching For Life Training”. With these new skills, he would like to coach kids and give them life skills. He has started with one girl, asking her to think about what she wants to be, what she wants to change and give an example of someone she wants to be like and why. He will then be able to talk to her about believing in God and trusting in themselves. Travel would not be number one on Gilbert’s list. He enjoyed his time in Africa but is happy to be back in Cazale,living with his father, mother, 5 sisters and 3 brothers. He is always ready to come translate for people. He learned English on his own by practicing a lot. If you call him, he is ready to come do a good job for you. He has been inspired by Jacob Wade and his ‘Stop, Drop, and Roll’ program (see this blog), how the kids see Jacob and are intently watching and listening to him. Gilbert likes to meet new people, likes having good friends and keeping in touch with them. “Thank you, Gilbert!” That is what we are saying!