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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Alfabetizasyon (teaching to read and write)

On Tuesday, February 24, we had our first class for women who do not know how to read and write. Many of them are the mothers of our children. We know them personally, and we know that not being able to read or write has been a frustration for them. We have always wanted to begin a session like this. The other day we were blest to have our Creole teacher and friend, Omanie, start this new class for five women in our home. We want very much to help them. Some of them are very young, already with children. They never had the opportunity to go to school or finish school because of their difficult lives. They will be meeting twice a week.

As we sat there and watched these women, learning for the first time to hold a pencil correctly, to draw a circle, the letter “C”, or a straight line, was amazing but sad that they never had this opportunity. Watching their faces and their real desire to learn was humbling. How much we take for granted the gift of knowing how to read and write.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Fun with bubbles!

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Clara’s graduation

On Saturday, February 21, Clara, our nurse in the Manman Angela Klinik who finished Nursing School last June, had her graduation from Universite Notre Dame D’Haiti. The day began with a beautiful Mass, presided by Bishop Launay Saturne. Following Mass was the Graduation ceremony. May God be praised!

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Our day in Port au Prince

On Friday, February 20, we made our monthly journey to Port au Prince for Confession with Fr. Rick Frechette, CP, at St. Damien’s Hospice for Children. It is always interesting when we visit him. Last time we toured St. Damien’s, which is staffed by Haitians. It is a beautiful hospital that is funded by an organization that was begun by a Mexican priest who is known all over the world for the work he has done with the people. Fr. Rick, who is also a medical doctor, continues the mission.

Today we met Fr. Rick at the warehouse where he has built a bakery and a place for making macaroni. He also has a warehouse that makes school uniforms for the orphanages and schools that his organization has founded over the past 18 years that he has been missioned in Haiti. All these facilities are staffed by Haitians. Fr. Rick had one of his artist’s create a painting with people being taken up to heaven, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the earthquake, January 12, 2010.

We asked Fr. Rick where we could take one of our artist’s, Daniel, to get fitted for a new leg prothesis. He sent us next door to St. Germaine’s Rehabilitation Center for the Poor, especially for special needs children and stoke patients. There we learned about what this organization is doing for special needs children and their parents.

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Water Women formation continues…

On Thursday, February 19, the “Water Women,” who are participating in our “Water with Blessing” project, met for the third time. During our time together, we shared God’s Word–the Gospel about the Samaritan Woman–and their personal experiences of being water women, sharing clean water with others. Most of these women are fulfilling their mission and commitment, sharing the purified water with at least three families, but others have their challenges.

Each Water Woman received a coloring book that teaches children about the use of clean water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning your body with purified water. The women all enjoyed coloring the first two pages. Next week they will return with their children to continue coloring the pages, while teaching them at the same time why we need to use clean water.

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Ash Wednesday

Today, with the Church, we celebrated the beginning of Lent–Ash Wednesday: “Change your heart and believe the Good News.” Our kids, who have been participating in our catechesis program and preparing for the sacraments, celebrated with us, together with a few friends. Let us pray for one another and for our call to conversion.

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Franswa gets a goat for her family

We received a donation from Tim, a man from Buffalo, NY, to purchase a goat for a family in need. This was our first experience in purchasing a goat. We asked Fritz, our driver for the Manman Angela clinic, to help us. On Friday, he went on his motorcycle up to the mountains where he purchased the goat. When buying a goat, you need to secure the goat’s legal papers to show that she belongs you, so no one can steal her from you.

We the gave the goat to Franswa, a single mom with three boys. They were so excited. We thank Tim for his donation for the goat.

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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Uncategorized