Saturday, January 23, 2010
Yes, that song is humming through my mind right now. As I am still trying to catch up on emails, I ran across links sent to me a few days ago to 2 different news articles that I'd like to share with you.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
~Father Scott Albergate, Rector of St. Paul's Church
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- Why is the unemployment level so high?
- Are there not enough jobs?
- Do people not want the jobs?
- How can people live on so little?
- How many people are hurt?
- Do you know how many died?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Let’s get the word out about how folks can directly affect the lives of the Haitian people through The Red Thread Promise.
Today, we are asking all of our supporters to invite 3 others to become our FaceBook friends, follow us on Twitter (Twitter name: trtpromise) and read our blog. Through this grassroots campaign, we can make an even bigger difference—no overhead, no politics—just people helping others in need.
Again, we encourage you to consider donating to our Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund today.
It is Wednesday morning and we have more news from Willem:
After shocks stopped for a while but they're starting back up again. The church in Gramothe is all lit up & the whole village must be there praising the Lord! Talk about a city on a hill!
The team returned at about 2AM, exhausted physically & emotionally. They were able to help at least 100 people w/severe trauma injuries. We are grateful for your prayers, please do not stop. Morning will bring more for us to face.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I heard that lots of building were damage. But we are in good shape. The children are playing. Dayana and Xavier just left the hospital today finally.
Thank you for your concern.
1/12/10 @ 7:51pm
Pray for Haiti tonight. Our family & guests are fine. Our structures are fine. The med team has been mobilized to help at the Bap. Mission hospital. It will be a long night for them. Please pray for their stamina & ability to endure what is before them. Phone lines are down, no communication except for those crying for their dead. Thank you all in advance for your prayers.
1/12/10 @ 8:00pm
Phone lines seem to be opening, but not fully. Have had 2 light tremors over the last hour. It may be a while before any new news.There is much that will be revealed in the morning light. Right now it's dark but people are still crying out in the night.
The Gramothe church is open & there is singing up there. Another local church is having a singing service. Praise God! The tremors still continue.
Friday, January 8, 2010
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.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
At the hospital, Kathy and Rachoul checked on Xavier, who is doing very well-eating, sitting up-soon he'll come home, she thinks.
Kathy spent some time alone caring for Dora, Diana and Christopher while Rachoul and the nanny were busy with other things at the hospital. She sang to them, and although they could not understand the words, their big beautiful eyes watched her face intently.
Dora is matched with her forever family, while Christopher and Diana are waiting to be discovered by their families.
Five hours later they left the hospital (they'd had to wait for the doctor to arrive) with prescriptions for all three children. Thankfully no one had to be admitted. In Haiti, all care must be paid for up front for each trip to the doctor or hospital. With several sick children, funds are quickly depleted.
After a stop at the pharmacy to fill the prescriptions and a trip to a bakery for Haitian treats, they returned to the orphanage where the children could rest.
It was late in the day when Kathy returned to Mountain Top Ministries, and needless to say, ESL classes were cancelled. When children are sick, as mothers know, the best-laid plans are set aside.
Classes are scheduled for tomorrow with the kindergarten class, going over the words for objects in the classroom.
This is only the beginning of the English language program for these children. It's a task that will take several years for the children to become fluent, and thereby employable for good jobs in Haiti that will lift them out of the cycle of poverty.
It's rewarding work and TRTP is looking for volunteers to join in this effort for the 2010-11 school year. It's a week that you'll carry forever in your mind and heart. We also need continued funding for this year ($5400) and funding for next year.
Please let us know if this is something that touches your heart.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The second day of the ESL class was as busy as the first. About 40 students arrived to review words from Monday's class as well as new words like window, wall, fort, flag, balloon, gift, chalkboard, floor and many others. The children sang "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" to learn parts of the body including nose, eye, ear, arm, leg, stomach, spine, etc. Kathy enjoyed the company of Robert, a new translator for the day whose English is very good. He will accompany Kathy on Wednesday as well.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Our prayers have been answered for Zheng Qiu Hao, the baby girl with hydrocephalus from our post on December 10, 2009. We received word from Pam @ Swallow's Nest Children's Home (China) that a generous donor has contributed the funds for the procedure to put in Qiu Hao's shunt!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
What an exciting day for TRTP! Kathy is on a plane bound for Miami and then she is off to Haiti to begin our English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Mountain Top Ministries (MTM) School.
The children of Gramothe, Haiti and surrounding areas are some of the most impoverished children The Red Thread Promise has pledged to help. With Haiti’s 80% unemployment level, it is unlikely that these young ones will find work as adults. We want to change that statistic.
We have the opportunity to teach English to these children who are eager to end the cycle of poverty in their home country. Laying down a strong educational foundation will give them priceless communication skills, opening doors for them into Haiti’s workforce and beyond.
Through this program, we can show these children that we care about them and reinforce the fact that they are each valuable human beings. So valuable that volunteers are traveling from other parts of the world to improve their education in their home country.
Kathy, TRTP co-founder, will travel for one week each month, January through May 2010, laying down the ground work for this program. She will begin work this Monday with two kindergarten classes at MTM School. The program will be fun and energizing for children and adults as they jump, spin, hop, color, all the while learning English. Children will begin by learning the names for objects they see and touch each day in their own environment. If they can see it, they can learn it! Together, we will be giving a precious gift that even poverty can not take away.
Your support is critical to the success of this program. We are in need of $5,400 to complete the classes through May 2010, the largest portion being airfare ($3,000). We appreciate the airline miles and funds that were donated in the last days of 2009 - what a great way to ring in the new decade! We’d like to keep the momentum going. Please consider starting 2010 on a positive note with a charitable donation or airline miles toward our ESL program. Our contact information is on the right as well as a convenient PayPay button.
The Red Thread Promise is also looking for volunteers to travel to Haiti during the 2010/11 school year to continue the program. Interested individuals or groups may contact Kathy at Kathy@redthreadpromise.org for more information.