A Sense of Wonder

A Sense of Wonder

From October 21, 2021 In recent days, I’ve often spoken about the sense of fear and uncertainty that fills the air in Haiti. Over the last few years in occasional private conversations with a few friends I said how I often just want to leave Haiti and never come back. When asked why I keep coming back, I always say…

No School

No School

From October 20, 2021 The schools were all closed again on Tuesday. There was an air of uncertainty, as no one really knew if the protest strike would continue. Meanwhile, we were running short on food for the kids. We had to go shopping. Gabens and I were in constant communication in the early hours, as he tried to gather…

Very Bad News

Very Bad News

From October 18, 2021 Yesterday, I woke up to the breaking news that 16 American missionaries from Ohio (and one Canadian) had been kidnapped. As I write this, it is early Sunday morning and there are no details on their condition or any possible ransom negotiations, outside of the fact that the group, which included three children (one of whom…

The Return of Elana

The Return of Elana

From October 16, 2021 Elana lived with us for about three years. She came with her younger sister, who was so muchtrouble we decided she could no longer live at Santa Chiara. Their mother worked for us. Somereaders may recall the mother had an infection that was so bad she nearly died. Her lower jawbecame the size of football thanks…

Too Dangerous

Too Dangerous

From October 14, 2021 On Tuesday night, Baby cooked some tilapia for us. While we were eating, she said, “Dad, you must be careful in PV (Petionville) there is shooting there now.” I asked her to explain. She told me that when she left school, she walked to the main street to wait for a motorcycle taxi. Suddenly there was…

The Compassion Fund

The Compassion Fund

From October 13, 2021 I would like to resurrect the Compassion Fund within Santa Chiara. Now whenever I encountera someone in deep need, I must balance my response with the care of the children. For most ofour nearly seven years of operation, SCCC has operated on a month-to-month basis. In the earlyyears, we ended each year carrying a deficit. Even…

Three Women in Need

Three Women in Need

From October 12, 2021 On Sunday, Baby and I visited the landlady the apartment we rented for “Lilly.” I owed her $300for the balance of the year’s rent. We were given the keys. The apartment was painted very nicely.I asked about electricity. If a tenant paid 5,000 gourdes ($50), she turns on the electricity for theapartment. Yesterday, “Lilly” came to…