Rainy Seasons

From May 31, 2019 We are in the rainy season. It rains every day. The dirt roads become mud roads. Getting up the last steep hill is challenging, as the cars slides and the wheels spin. This is the season when a four-wheel drive vehicle would come in handy. Yesterday, Billy and I went to the market in Petionville and…

Easter People

From May 30, 2019 The drive home from the Sisters yesterday morning was a bit difficult thanks to the overnight rain. In two uphill sections of dirt road the car was slipping and sliding in the mud. It is only after rain that I wish I had a four-wheel drive vehicle. When I got out of the car, Clare Marie,…

The Why and How of the Transformation

From May 28, 2019 People often as me how I can do this hard work in Haiti and I usually say that to see the lives of young children be transformed before your eyes fills me with such joy that it is worth all the stress and struggle to care for so many hurting kids.

Rain Man

From May 29, 2019 Yesterday afternoon we had showers that forced all the kids indoors. The seven that live on the second floor were joined by two other kids. From their point of view, my bigger office meant more kids could use it a playground. I was trying to catch up on e-mail correspondence, but the noise and general chaos…

Microwave Magic & other Funny Moments

From May 27, 2019 One morning last week, there was a lot of raucous noise coming from the guest room that has become a dorm for six girls. I could also hear lots of giggling coming from the bathroom. I sternly knocked on the door. The bathroom and the main room feel instantly silent. There was no need to open…

Big Changes

From May 26, 2019 In yesterday’s Journal, I said I would write about the big changes we are making at Santa Chiara. Well, it took from 10:00am until 7:00pm to implement phase one of the project. The project is about making sweeping changes to the allocations of space on the second floor. I took photos of the work-in-progress. But I’m…

Big Changes Coming

From May 25, 2019 Yesterday, I write that I would share about Bency’s misbehavior, as well as something dreadful that Ecarlatte did before her ban. On further consideration, it seemed inappropriate to share the gory details of a wrongful act performed by a person with mental illness. What she did, fortunately, did not harm anyone, and I have apologized the…

More Photos, Less Words

From May 24, 2019 I have no words to offer today, so I shall offer photos of the kids that were taken this week.

Disturbing News about Ecarlatte

From May 23, 2019 Over the last year, some Journal readers may have noticed the gradual disappearance of Ecarlatte in these humble, hastily written epistles from Haiti. Today, I need to explain her artificial absence in the past, and her actual disappearance in the present and the future.

The Stuff of a Day

From May 22, 2019 Christy is a smart kid. On Monday evening she came into my office and sat on the couch. Sometime she watches me edit the photographs.I have a few high-end photography books in Haiti featuring interesting places. I showed Christy three books and told her she could pick one to sit with for a while. There was…