Friday, January 8, 2010

DAY 5 IN HAITI: Kindergarten

Kathy's in the midst of a swirl of activity at Mountain Top Ministries/Rivers of Hope. A 24-person medical team arrived Wednesday evening and began work early this morning at the clinic.

Kathy began teaching at 8:00 a.m. Kindergartners, first graders and four teachers poured into the classroom and sang "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes." After naming more body parts, Kathy expanded the vocabulary lesson to include clothing and furniture and other objects in the classroom.

Tomorrow she'll review these words and add the words for eating utensils. In February she'll begin work with these words, flash cards, and items on the computer.

Once classroom work was finished, Kathy joined the children and the medical team at the clinic. She helped the children make potholders while they waited in the reception area. Soon adults joined the children, and potholder making continued throughout the day.

Kathy's taken some photos of the new hospital under construction (pictured above). Work is at a standstill now, waiting until funds can be raised to complete the building. Once the hospital is operational, it will provide maternity care, house overnight patients and allow doctors to perform surgeries. An on-site lab and pharmacy will cut down on the time patients must wait for diagnoses and medications.

Another large medical team will arrive March 4 and stay through the March 13. The team needs an RN or physician to run a station: seeing patients, assisting with patients, and serving as the primary contact for patients. Kathy will be in Haiti March 6-12 and is hoping that the RN or physician can accompany her.

If this is something you are interested in (and it may well be a life-changing experience), let us know and we'll get started making the arrangements. Costs are $450-$800 plane fare and $55 per night for lodging, which includes bed, tub, two meals and a beautiful view.

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