From October 29, 2018
Pope Francis said: “I see the church as a field hospital after battle.” In our humble, very limited way, the Santa Chiara Children’s Center in Haiti is a kind of field hospital for kids. We currently (8/22/18) have 68 children living with us; 22 of the children are still in diapers. Our children range in age from one month to 14 years; 46 are girls, 22 are boys. It is challenging and exhausting work. Our kids come to us weary from their battle with extreme poverty, constant hunger, emotional neglect, and often physical abuse. They come wounded in many ways. The 2nd youngest member of our community of the weak was only two days old when we found him in a garbage dump where his distressed mother had left him.