Day number 2 in Haiti arrived with great anticipation. The mission team was ready to get to work. After a day of worship, meeting and greeting, it was time time to get down to business. You can read about some of those plans in yesterday’s post.
The construction team left early in the morning to barter in the markets for the supplies they would need to build the showers and “remodel” the kitchen. While the construction team left, the VBS and Medical teams sorted through the supplies they would need. They organized the meds for the clinic and planned out a systematic approach to see as many kids as possible.
In the afternoon all the teams arrived on site at Mama Denise’s orphanage. The hands on work did not begin until around 1pm because the kids are in school in the morning. Upon arriving at the orphanage, the VBS team helped to gather the children to play games and organize other fun activities.
After a short time, it was time for the kids to eat. So the kids were served a meal of rice and beans. Because the medical team was working inside, the children ate their food outside.
Food is prepared for the children to eat.[/caption]The medical team encountered a variety of issues. Many of the children were affected by parasites, fungus infections, and malnourishment. Because of a lack of soap, the kids often bathe in toothpaste which has caused a number of skin issues. There were belly aches, coughs, and colds. One child had lost vision in one eye. The medical team meticulously created medical charts and provided the appropriate meds for each child. At the end of the day the medical team saw 25 children at Mama Denise’s orphanage (about half). They will return on Tuesday to see the remainder of the children.
Before each child was seen by the medical team, we took a photo that child. These photos will then be used for the medical charts and for the enlistment of new sponsors. Each of our current sponsors will also receive an updated picture of their child. The team brought a small portable printer on the trip. This will be used to print the pictures of the kids so that each child will be able to have a picture of themselves.
The construction team hired some local labor to help with the showers and began that work. The plans for the kitchen progressed and a decision was made to relocate the kitchen on the property. Plans were also made to purchase the propane grill on Tuesday. The company that manufactures the grill will install it and provide training to Mama Denise and her helpers to use this grill. We were told that not only is the price of charcoal rising, but it is also very difficult to find during the rainy season. The grill will also make for more efficient cooking of the food for the children.
It was Dave Winton’s birthday, so Dave was serenaded by the children with the Haitian version of Happy Birthday. So happy birthday Dave! This is Dave’s third mission trip to Haiti and is also the third time he has spent his birthday in Haiti.
At the end of the day the team returned to the hotel tired but fulfilled. They all did a great work. We shared a time of evening devotions. After the devotion was over the team gathered near the pool to share some fellowship while thinking of friends and family affected by the snowstorm back home. The team is coming together as one and it is great to see what God can do when we come together in his name.