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Our 3rd and last day in Port-ua-Prince

The days here are long and hot. Yesterday we went to church and have visited the Heartline Ministries hospital several times. We are now friends with several of the patients and Cara has renewed her friendship with patients she knew from her last visit. The patients are working on wound healing and learning to live and work with prosthetic legs, crutches and canes.  The moms smile and hand us babies to hold when we show up. The little girls run out to meet us at the gate. Cara has the joy of seeing that two little preterm guys she met before have grown fat. They are doing well and are very well loved but behind developmentally. It is very exciting to see the little guys share a rare smile. We are so excited to see one little man reach for his shoes. Milestones are still milestones even if a little late.

Last night we had dinner at the hospital with staff and patients. There was a big celebration because one of the young ladies has just gotten everything in order to go to the US to have an arm treated at the Mayo clinic. She was one lucky girl. She had Dr. Jen and Heartline ministries here advocating for her.  Today we will go to Medishare to visit and work with some patients getting prosthetics and physical therapy.  We may also have the oportunity to vist with a grandma who cares for her only surviving relative a grandson of 9 or 10. The ministry just built them a house.

As we drive around PaP there is still so much rubble and destruction it is shocking. The tent cities are everywhere and people are doing the best they can with very little. It is so easy to be discouraged by the amount of work that needs to be done- but then we reflect on the good work that is happening- one baby, one prosthetic, one house at a time.  The students and faculty here are busy thinking about how we can contribute to Haiti- part of our wide neighborhood.

From here we move out of the city to Hinche.

Rhonda, Cara, Carol,and Rachel

Aiden with Cara, March 2010

Aiden with Cara August 2010

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  1. Sylvia Swanson
    August 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Carol and all of you!
    It is inspiring to read about your journey.It must feel very good to know you are able to help someone and probably also not so good to see all the others that could benefit medical services. I bet seeing the poverty makes a person realize how much we don’t really need here in the States.
    Blessings to you all,
    Sylvia Swanson CNEP62

  2. Kris Conrad
    August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Rhonda (and Cara, Carol, and Rachel)–My thoughts are with you and I am sending wishes for safe travel and a great experience in Hinche. Thank you for what you are doing (giving such wonderful help to the people of Haiti, one baby and one mother at a time!).
    Kris Conrad, CNM
    Blacksburg, VA

  3. kathryn schrag
    August 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    One baby, one prosthetic, one house at a time; you indeed in a place where the lessons of “baby steps”. and “one day at a time” are poignent. How great to hear from you all.

    Kathryn Schrag
    Faculty

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