From September 28, 2020 Almost a year ago, a child was born in Cité Soleil. The mother was my first friend during the early days of Santa Chiara; she clearly was the best worker we had. She signed control of her two-year old daughter to me, making me the child’s father.
From September 27, 2020 Last week I hired a weekend activities director. Her name is Brenda. She worked as the activities director at an orphanage for four years. Keeping all these kids busy on the weekends is a huge task.
From September 26, 2020 I wanted to retreat to my office and close the door. As I walked to the stairs, I saw four of the older girls—Jinette, Johanna, Woody, and Bethanie—standing together while everyone else was seated and eating. I asked what the kitchen ladies prepared for lunch. They said “blee.”
From September 25, 2020 Yesterday, I provided you with a breakdown of the 50 kids living at Santa Chiara. Besides the kids, five women live in two of the Santa Chiara apartments.
From September 24, 2020 On Tuesday we had to take one of the female staff to a private clinic featuring doctors with a range of specialties, including a gynecologist. Her examination and tests cost $100 and ate up nearly four hours.
From September 23, 2020
From September 22, 2020 The public health ladies who come a few times a year to give our kids vaccines showed up. It was not a full-scale vaccination visit. The saw only the toddlers. They weighed each child and gave most of them some form of oral medicine or vaccination.
From September 21, 2020 On Saturday afternoon, ten kids watched an hour of cartoons in my office. It was pure joy.
From September 20, 2020 Billy was out sick yesterday, which meant I had to drive all over the city with Patrick to get necessary items because I had a credit card. We had to go the Eagle Market for a minor shopping. We had to get diesel fuel. But the reason I’m even bothering to mention this is our first…
From September 19, 2020 I’m more concerned about and frightened by our financial outlook than I am buy the violence that surrounds us. Yesterday our bookkeeper sent me an up to date report. Lots of numbers and categories.