Another Medical Crisis

Another Medical Crisis

From November 29, 2022 Two of our children, Baby Ruth and Anaïca, have a skin disease called Molluscum Contagium. They have multiple, ugly sores on parts of their bodies. On Friday, Dr. Stéphanie took the girls to a clinic attached to Hope Hospital. The clinic has several physicians with different specialties.

Haitian Street Kids vs Santa Chiara Kids

Haitian Street Kids vs Santa Chiara Kids

From November 28, 2022 Gabens Preval would do anything to help me, to lessen the burden I carry. Many weeks ago he offered a very specific form of help that really surprised me: he wanted to help write a Journal. We spoke about how the day will come when Santa Chiara will have to survive without me. I think about…

Horror at Sea

Horror at Sea

From November 27, 2022 The words from news stories reprinted in today’s Daily Journal tell the story, but the photos really capture the horror of the desperate Haitians on the small, overcrowded boat. I cannot imagine being in that boat as it navigated the rough seas.

Lots of News from Haiti

Lots of News from Haiti

From November 26, 2022 There has been so much news from Haiti, I decided to break my “no journal until Monday” pledge. All good news for a change. The external school is scheduled to open on Monday. The kids and the staff are elated by this news.

A Day of Giving Thanks

A Day of Giving Thanks

From November 24, 2022 I think all of us could be thankful today for all of creation, which sadly we are plundering and destroying. St. Francis of Assisi was a nature mystic, whose Canticle of Creation is a masterpiece whose elements are symbols of union with the Divine.

Thankful

Thankful

From November 23, 2022 As you express your prayers of thanksgiving to God add on a little prayer for the people and children of Haiti who are so desperate for even the slightest ray of hope that things will get better soon. May God bless each of you and shower you with an abundance of blessings…and not too much stuffing.

Going to the Hoop

Going to the Hoop

From November 21, 2022 On Saturday afternoon after the vegetable truck left, Michel began playing basketball with five or six little kids. I began to take photos. Basically, basketball for the kids mixes in a little soccer. If the ball was on the ground, they would kick it to another kid. Dribbling seemed optional. They often ran with the ball…

The Market Comes to Us

The Market Comes to Us

From November 20, 2022 Gabens and Michel go to a vegetable (and fruit) every week. As they were checking out, the power went out. It took time for the register to boot up. They had to run all the food through again. Amazingly, the same thing happened again, just seconds before the sale was completed. The third time was not…

Doing the Laundry and Improving the Wall

Doing the Laundry and Improving the Wall

From November 19, 2022 The wall improvement continues. On Thursday, the guys worked on the back wall. On Friday work resumed on the side wall.

Shooting Touches Home

Shooting Touches Home

From November 18, 2022 Wednesday evening, after finishing yesterday’s journal, I went downstairs for a little walk. It is like a prison yard walk. Darkness have enveloped the yard. Some kids were playing basketball, some were playing board games. I walked to the back of the yard to just sit alone. Naïve beat me to the bench. She was seated…