Florida Update

From November 29, 2018 My flight to Ft. Lauderdale departed 15 minutes early, landed 25 minutes early, and customs was virtually empty. I was actually in my car a few minutes before the flight was scheduled to land. My breathing had improved enough that I was not too winded by the long walk to the parking garage. I made it…

Medical Update

From November 25, 2018 There are times I’m completely blown away by the tireless dedication of some of the staff. Here is a case in point. Last Sunday (11/18), Billy and I went to Peace Hospital with Josette and Holganita. We spent over six hours together before it was determined the child needed to be admitted. When a child is…

The Stimulating Chaos of Haïti

From November 30, 2018 I had to go the bank to deal with some details of opening new bank accounts in the name of the Santa Chiara Children’s Center, which has now been approved by the IRS as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. There was a bank-error that caused glitch in the process, which caused a bit of delay…

Back to Florida

Back to Florida

From November 28, 2018 Yesterday, I wrote to asthma/lung doctor to say how what I thought was a simple cough that began a week ago Sunday after spending over six hours in a filthy, unsanitary hospital with a sick kid turned out to be a much more serious lung/breathing issue, to the point that by Friday I had so little…

Bowling with Madame Louise

Bowling with Madame Louise

From November 26, 2018 Louise invented a game for the kids to play. She took old water bottles and pretended they were bowling pins. She took an old tennis ball (which I brought home from Georgia in hopes Giles would fetch it, but he seemed afraid of the ball) and imagined it was a bowling ball. Read Full Journal Here

Thanks

From November 27, 2018 On Giving Tuesday all I want to say is thank you to all those who gave us the funds needed all through the year to keep Santa Chiara going, growing, and improving. Without your faithful and generous help none of this could have happened. Read Full Journal Here

Surprise!!!

From November 24, 2018 I began writing this Journal entry on Tuesday (11/20) at the airport in Miami, while waiting for a connecting flight to Atlanta. In Tuesday’s Journal I said the Journal would take a short break. I couldn’t disclose the real reason for the break because it would kill the surprise I had planned for two very special…

Protests

From November 18, 2018 On Friday night, one of our volunteers who lives her during the week and goes home on the weekend, was on her way home when she encountered the protestors in downtown. She had no choice but to turn around and come back to the safety of Santa Chiara. The protests are supposed to start in earnest…

Emergency Hospital Run

From November 19, 2018 Yesterday morning around 9:00am, Billy came to my office to tell me we had a very sick child in the nursery. The name is Holganita; she is the younger sister of Jodely, the little boy who recently spent a few weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. Billy said the girl was having difficulty breathing, her heart…

Gobble, Gobble

From November 20, 2018 Thanksgiving is, in general, not celebrated here in Haiti. For me personally, I have much for which to be thankful. I am profoundly grateful for all the generous benefactors who’ve kept the little miracle of Santa Chiara alive and growing this year. There are so many little things that happen each day here that bring a…