The medical team was divided into two teams. The first team went to Mama Yol’s orphanage to make assessments of the 40 girls in her orphanage. When the team arrived they found a set of twin girls who had been brought to the orphanage. The father had abandoned the mother and the mother was unable to provide the care the children needed. They had not eaten in several days. Mama Yol made sure to feed this young mother and her children while making arrangements for this family to be taken in.
The medical team performed exams on all the girls at Mama Yol’s orphanage including the twin girls which had been brought in. Word got out in the community that a medical team had arrived, so other people from outside the orphanage began to show up. The team was able to treat many of these people. We were blessed to have a new volunteer on the team. Mumford is the manager of the hotel where we are staying. He volunteered to serve as a translator for the team. He was a welcome addition.
The second medical team remained at Mama Denise’s orphanage. They worked on completing more thorough exams of the children. They were able to see 10 of the children. The team is also working on teaching about hygiene and nutrition which is a great need in many places throughout Haiti.
The VBS team continued to develop deeper relationships with the kids. The team also started to learn some of the stories of the children and how they arrived at the orphanage. These stories are heart-breaking. We will be able to share some of these stories when we return.
The construction team continued to make great progress. The cover for the well was completed. Digging for the latrine was completed and the hired laborers are now working on laying bricks. The shower area will likely be finished on Thursday. All that remains is to pour the concrete flooring. The kitchen area is taking shape. The roof was put on. This was done just in time as it started to rain during the afternoon. It was nice to have some extra shelter. The team members working on the kitchen signed their names on one of the wooden beams and made their mark on some concrete which was poured.
A couple of new projects were introduced. There is a chicken coop on the property. Unfortunately, the coop is a bit small for the amount of chickens in it. The chickens are not healthy. So a new project is to extend the chicken coop. Mama Denise formerly ran a bakery before the earthquake. This was the way in which she supported the orphanage. She did not need to rely upon the support of others, but after the earthquake she was no longer able to run the bakery. Raising chickens is one way Mama Denise is working to self-sustain the orphanage. In the future she will be able to sell eggs.
Still another project is building picnic tables for the kids. We encountered difficulty finding enough table space for eating and for activities. The tables will surely be a welcome addition.
In the evening we attended worship at Pastor Nicolas’ church. Pastor Nicolas has served as our host during this trip. The worship could be described as animated. Pastor Phil was invited to preach. Pastor Nicolas served as translator. The only light in the church was found on the pulpit. It brings new meaning to the song “This Little Gospel Light.”
There are only two work days left. We are making sure we get everything completed we set out to do. We appreciate the prayers from everyone back home. If you would like to financially contribute to Good Shepherd’s efforts in Haiti, make sure to visit our donation page.