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You Visit Us . . .

Recently, during a phone conversation with HFH Board President Katie Thom, Pastor Delamy expressed his thankfulness for the love and support he feels from the HFH Board and all those supporting the ministry in Terre Blanche.

Pastor Delamy said,

“Thank you for the many times that you visit us.

Each time a child comes to school and is fed, you visit us.

Each time I am able to pay full monthly wages to the teachers and Clinic of Hope staff, you visit us.

Each time the Community Health program meets and Medika Mamba is distributed, you visit us.

Your visits are a continual source and spring of encouragement to us.

Thank you!”

Even during these days when we cannot physically visit our friends in Terre Blanche, the connection is felt as we partner together to touch lives in Terre Blanche and surrounding communities.

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”  2 Thessalonians 3:13

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Bèl ti fi

“Bèl ti fi,” I said.  Bèl ti fi means ‘beautiful little girl’ in Creole. I was speaking to a little girl’s father. Both were waiting patiently outside the Clinic of Hope in Terre Blanche in November 2018.

I was there as part of a HFH medical team to do a week-long clinic. It was my first trip to Haiti and my older sister, Tina, had joined me and the rest of the team to see what a short-term mission trip was like.

It was almost the end of six days of long, seemingly never-ending queues of people of all ages, hundreds of them lined up for medical help. The team members worked alongside the Clinic of Hope’s staff to provide medical care for those who came.

Dr. Dave and Tina with a family.

Some ailments were serious. One person had been admitted to the overnight ward with a serious fever and infection on the first day. The patient had to be isolated until the doctors were sure what the problem was. In a few days, healing took place under their care. Other conditions were more mundane – aches and pains, various chronic conditions, intestinal discomfort, headaches, high blood pressure, skin conditions related to diet, and general malaise. In a country where the health care system struggles to meet massive needs, a clinic, with a medical team like this, will draw hundreds of people over a week’s time.  Word spreads and the people come. We saw over seven hundred people in six days.

Bèl ti fi – one of many.

This particular day, the father and his daughter had been there since early morning, sitting patiently in the shade of the clinic building, waiting their turn. She had fallen asleep in his lap. Dressed all in white with lace trimming on her collar and socks, all dressed up in her finest clothes she was… beautiful. As Dr. ‘Papa’ Joe had said earlier in the week at one of our trainings, “Haitians love to love their children.” Here was witness to that truth. This father doted on his little girl, who couldn’t have been more than 4 years old. He smiled when I complimented her to him, nodded and said, “Oui. Bèl ti fi.” Like parents everywhere, you could tell he would do anything for her welfare.

Busy the rest of the day in the pharmacy area, I wasn’t able to keep track of the outcome for the girl, but I knew she would have been treated like everyone else – carefully, in an unhurried manner, with respect and dedicated attention. The Bible teaches that each human person bears the image of God and is therefore of inestimable worth and value. Haiti Foundation of Hope and its many ministries – clinic, school, church, vocational training, and other supported programs around Terre Blanche – all grow out of that deep Christian conviction.

As we know, Haiti is in the midst of a terrible national crisis, one that has been escalating since that trip in 2018. On our way back to Port-au-Prince, we had to be escorted by National Police to make it through burning barriers of tires set by gangs to protest the government and discourage travel. Safely in our hotel near the airport, we rested and traveled home the next day. Ours was the last HFH medical team able to go until, in the future, the country is stable enough to send teams again.

Whatever the future holds for Haiti, in Terre Blanche the continuing ministry of the stalwart and faithful staff of the clinic and the school, the tireless leadership of Pastor Delamy and other leaders, and the support of the many who hold Haiti Foundation of Hope in their prayers and support it financially, will one day issue forth in a community reborn.

For that little girl and her father – and the rest of her family – there is a pathway forward. For me, they represent why it is all worth it. My sister, Tina, and I, as well as others, look forward to returning to Terre Blanche again someday. Someday soon. Until then, we give and pray and hope expectantly.

by Fritz Neal, HFH team member

HFH Medical Team, Fall 2018

 

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Rally Posts and more

Rally Post

Tifoye

For many years, the Clinic of Hope has used its facilities and staff to provide programs to care for those in the surrounding areas. Three of these programs are: Rally posts, Tifoye, and Home Visits.

Clinic of Hope’s Dr. Marck-Edwidge Jadotte describes the importance of home visits with his words and photographs: “Home visits mean to know the community, stay in touch with its realities, listen to the problems and find solutions. This helps us to control the health of an individual and family at risk.”

It is with these ideas in mind that providers from the Clinic of Hope recently carried out early morning home visits in the area of Tête Canal.  This is a well-known area to previous team members.

These programs continue even during the unrest Haiti is experiencing and are especially important when food resources are difficult to afford or find.

We are so pleased to be working with such dedicated and caring professionals at the Clinic of Hope.

by Joe Markee, MD, HFH Founder Emeritus

Home Visits to Tete Canal

Starvation is an on-going concern. This child with the bowl says it all.

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God Reaches Far

Rally Post at Terre Blanche

A Rally Post provides a time to not only provide important medical screening, but it is also an opportunity to deliver to those who need it most a supply of rice and beans as well as the life-saving infant nutrition Medika Mamba.

Rally posts are held in Terre Blanche, as well as other communities HFH serves such as Anse Rouge, Dubedou and Finel. As the need grows, our Haitian partners continue to expand their outreach.

by Donn Raymond, HFH board member

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A Safe Place for Mothers and Babies

The Markee Maternity Center is up and running, even in these difficult days in Haiti!

Laboring women rarely look happy, or want their pictures taken, but this picture makes me so happy to see two women in labor with their midwife, Miss Bernadette, in a new, clean and safe place, ready to deliver their babies.

by Linda Markee, HFH Founder Emerita

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Friendships

Pastor Delamy and Papa Joe in 2006

For those of us who have served on HFH medical teams we all share a special memory. After supper on our last night in Terre Blanche (usually a Friday), we are serenaded by beautiful singing coming from downstairs.

As we go down to investigate, we find our Haitian brothers and sisters, who we have worked side to side with throughout the week, in the medical clinic gathered for a joyful celebration. This is never announced ahead of time because it is such a joyful surprise for newcomers on the team. In addition to singing and hearing beautiful prayers led by Pastor Delamy and Elvire, we have a chance to pray and share experiences from our time together which have shaped our faith journeys.

A common theme from Haitian and U.S. team members is giving thanks for friendships that have developed between U.S. team members and our brothers and sisters in Haiti. A perfect example of this is the almost 40-year friendship between Papa Joe and Pastor Delamy.

One of my favorite memories, which was from one of the last team trips to Terre Blanche, was when Delamy brought out a picture from the late 80’s when he and Joe first started to work together. While they both looked a little younger, their infectious ear-to-ear grins when they get together has not changed.

I am grateful that God has blessed this friendship which has led to a great partnership with Pastor Delamy, Elvire, Mom Linda and Papa Joe resulting in Haiti Foundation of Hope.

by Harold Latta, MD, HFH board member

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Encouragment and Strategies

Pastor Delamy recently led a Common Core session with the purpose of motivating and encouraging the leaders of the Community Health Program despite the obstacles encountered in Haiti today.

The hope was to work together to develop strategies that would lead to an increase in the use of the maternal and infant services at the Clinic of Hope in Terre Blanche.

This session was built around these verses:

Some of the ideas proposed by those attending included:

  1. Reach the community through mobile clinics in the most remote areas.
  2. Optimize the integration of community health program staff in the promotion of maternal and child services in the communities.
  3. Provide regular marketing services for the Clinic of Hope.

As anticipated, the meeting generated excitement among the attendees, as well as generating useful ideas. Mercidieu Blanc, one of the attendees, shared, “I find myself completely in this meeting. My spirit badly needed to hear this kind of message.”

And in the words of Pastor Delamy, “On this, all the glory is to God.”

by Donn Raymond, HFH board member

Common Core Meeting attendees.

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The Importance of a Lunch

I was asked by my friend and fellow board member, Ron Whitted, to proofread a prayer newsletter that he regularly sends out to our church partners.

As I was reading, I came across a sentence that not only touched my heart, but it also brought me to tears. Ron was praising God for faithfully supplying food to the school children. He wrote “Many families say they send their kids to school just so they can get a meal each day.”

I know that this is true. I have witnessed it firsthand. Yet to read it in print, once again, it touched my heart. I know that this may be the only meal some kids receive each day.

During the difficult turmoil in Haiti, Pastor Delamy has made it a priority to buy food when the opportunity arises. Occasionally, Pastor Delamy reaches out and requests funds because he has an opportunity to buy a supply of rice and beans. This is always an easy decision on the part of HFH’s Board of Directors. The difficult part is truly understanding the need.

The next time Pastor Delamy requests money to purchase life-saving food, I will take a pause . . . I will thank God for my many blessings . . . and I will heed the call.

I thank every person reading this article for supporting the programs that save lives. When you donate, you can designate funds specifically for school lunches, nutrition or to the Medika Mamba program, a life-saving program for infants.

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9

by Donn Raymond, HFH board member

Did you know that 100 percent of designated funds given to Haiti Foundation of Hope go directly to the chosen ministry? As a volunteer run nonprofit, our administrative costs are closely managed and paid from undesignated funds. We desire to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

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Emergency Preparations

Emergency preparations. This is something we hear about often in the U.S. Emergency preparations for snow, ice, hurricanes, floods and wildfires. But few of us have had to prepare for emergencies due to ongoing violence, which results in food shortages.

Fortunately, HFH has partners who put others first and prepare for these emergencies. Haiti is experiencing some of the worst violence in their history and this has led to a terrific food shortage. Rice and beans are scarce and expensive at this time.

Pastor Delamy and Elvire know how important it is to be prepared with food for the daily student school lunch program and are wise in seeking opportunities to purchase food. For many children this is often their only meal of the day.

HFH is delighted to work with Pastor Delamy and Elvire who are good planners and continually look towards the well-being of students and neighbors who are most vulnerable.

And because HFH has donor partners who have been generous, the HFH Board had funds available to quickly transfer when another emergency arose last week. A good supply of rice was purchased to be able to continue the school lunches. We are thankful!

by Linda Markee, HFH Founder Emerita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dreams

After my last trip to Terre Blanche in 2019, I purchased a few early reader books in Creole so that I could continue to practice and add to my vocabulary and skills. The other day, as I was missing Haiti (the people, the culture, the language), I pulled this little book off the shelf and read through it.

In this book, the phrase “I dream to…” or “Mwen reve…” appears on each page with a different analogy. For example: standing tall like a palm tree, living proud like a rooster and having a kind voice like a cicada. As I read these pages, I was reminded of just how many dreams have been dreamed by the hundreds of children who have attended school in Terre Blanche.

Today, there are young adults who have graduated from the Terre Blanche school and are continuing to pursue their dreams of jobs in healthcare, engineering, teaching and more.

Thank you for your contributions, both in prayer and in funds, to help these dreams be realized.

As Haiti’s current situation remains unstable, I pray that the Lord would continue to protect these dreams and those of future generations in Haiti.

by Katie Thom, HFH board president

 

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