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Through the eyes of a child

Evanson was a young boy I met on my first trip to Terre Blanche in 2015. Although we did not share a common language, it did not prevent a friendship from forming. I learned he had ten siblings and a single mother at home. Since then, I have learned that other teammates had their own story of Evanson. He had that type of personality.

Donn and friends

One time, following lunch, I decided to grab a bottle of Tampico and head down to the courtyard to people-watch. There was a large number of people waiting to be seen in the clinic, so there was a lot of activity. In one corner, I noticed a group of five kids playing a game that looked like tag. Evanson was one of the kids. When he saw me he headed over and sat down.

“Koman ou ye,” he asked me.

“M pa pi mal, e ou menm?” I casually responded.

He replied, “Pa pi mal.”

We focused our attention on the remaining four kids who continued their game. I grabbed my bottle of Tampico, shook it well and broke the seal. After a refreshing drink, I lowered it to the ground. I noticed that Evanson had his eyes on the bottle of Tampico, watching as I set it down. Without hesitation, I grabbed the bottle and offered it to him.  His eyes widened, his smile broadened, “Wi, wi,” he said. He took possession and then motioned to take it over to the kids. I immediately realized I had made a very big mistake. It was too late, off he went.

I watched the group as Evanson, bottle in hand, began talking excitedly to the other four. They are fixated on his every word. I prepared myself because I was certain at any moment the group would be running over asking for their own personal bottles.

And then this happened. Evanson unscrewed the bottle of Tampico. He handed the bottle to his younger sister, Rosemika. She took a drink and handed it back to him. He then handed it to the other young girl, who took a drink and returned the bottle. This was repeated until all four kids had taken a drink and the bottle was back in Evanson’s hands. With only a small amount of the delicious fruit drink remaining, Evanson took his first and only drink, finishing it off. There was a brief moment of silence as the five of them together savored the sweet taste and then they broke out with cheering and dancing, celebrating their joy. For a brief moment I was stunned at the turn of events, guilty at my thoughts of greedy children but then I found myself thankful I had been allowed to witness this unselfish act.

Thinking about this encounter with Evanson, I sometimes forget to appreciate what I have in life. I realize I still have a lot to learn about Haiti and the culture. I have absolutely no idea what possessed Evanson to share that bottle of Tampico with his friends. I do know that his very unselfish act created a moment of sheer bliss for these kids. I imagine coming from a family of 12, in a country where food insecurity is a very real concern, played a role in the natural instinct for him to share what he had. To experience joy through the eyes of a child, like I did that day, was a memorable experience.

My prayer:  Father God, I praise you for your faithfulness. Your everlasting love for a broken world. I thank you for allowing me to see the world through the eyes of a child. You opened my eyes to appreciate the blessings you have given me and those around me.

by Donn Raymond, HFH board member

 

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Finding Solutions

Addressing Hypertension

Linda Markee, HFH Founder Emerita, writes:

This photo makes me so happy!

Why? Because I see Haitian health providers from the Clinic of Hope doing what HFH medical teams could not do to address hypertension. Although HFH medical teams identified many villagers with hypertension, we could not come up with a successful plan to help patients understand the danger to their health.

Now, the Haitian staff at the Clinic of Hope is using their own initiative to address this problem. May 17 was World Arterial Hypertension Day. The staff used this as a training day with the theme: “The Situation of High Blood Pressure in the Haitian Context” led by Dr. Marck-Edwidge Jadotte.

The following day, 36 home visits were made to screen for high blood pressures. Thirteen people were identified as hypertensive. 

How thankful I am for Dr. Jadotte, his leadership and the care and skills he has brought to the Clinic of Hope.

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Continuing to pray

Katie Thom, HFH Board President, shared this prayer in an email to Pastor Delamy:

Psalm 46 on a friend’s home in Finel.

I continue to pray for peace in Haiti…in the country, in the cities, in the streets and most importantly in individual hearts. For hard hearts to soften, for truth and light to invade darkness and lies and for His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Psalm 46
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Remembering Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer was one of the greatest movers and shakers for the promotion of global health in the last century. Since his days as a medical student at Harvard, he poured his love, his brilliance, and his resources into Haiti, his beloved second home.

photo source: Wikipedia

The world of international public health was devastated by his premature death at age 62 on February 21 of this year.

To honor him, I share this photo with you. It is of the statue of Nèg Mawon which stands in the plaza of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. It is a beautiful and dramatic image of a runaway slave. For more than 50 years it has been inspirational for millions of Haitians. It is a symbol of independence from slavery but it also evokes the ongoing struggle for Haiti to free itself from almost total dependence on outside aid.

The Nèg Mawon was inspirational for Paul Farmer; he chose to have a photo of this magnificent statue on the opening page of his book Haiti after the Earthquake.  It can inspire us as well.

by Greta McKinney, HFH board member

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Caring for the Community

We want to introduce you to some of the hardworking and caring staff working at the Clinic of Hope.

Lawrence Greard Jean is the Assistant Administrator and Assistant to the Executive Secretary. He has been working in Terre Blanche since 2017. Lawrence, who is married and has two children, chose to work in Terre Blanche because he wanted to contribute to the work already taking place by Pastor Delamy and Haiti Foundation of Hope. As a Christian, he wanted to share his talents with the community. When not at work, he likes to play video games with his son or watch movies.

Dr. Jean Montumaire Rodez Jean is the Clinic of Hope medical director, ultrasound technician and a gynecologist/obstetrician. He has worked in Terre Blanche since 2017 and chose this job to join in sharing Pastor Delamy’s vision to help the most vulnerable and poor. He is married with a son and daughter, and is a horticulturist.

Dr. Junior Charité Noel is vice president of the medical committee and has been working with the Clinic of Hope for four years. He has known Pastor Delamy for a long time and was inspired by his leadership to join the “amazing” work in Terre Blanche. His wife is also a medical professional and they have two children. When not at work, Dr. Junior likes music, movies, cycling, soccer and reading the Bible.

Lawrence Greard Jean

Dr. Jean Montumaire Rodez Jean

Dr. Junior Charité Noel

 

 

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Breakfast

Fuel for the day

 

Madam Elvire shared these photos of pre-K through third grade students eating breakfast in the school cafeteria in Terre Blanche.

Breakfast is prepared each morning for this age group to give the additional boost for the school day ahead. Starting the day with breakfast increases a child’s ability to concentrate, provides energy and improved overall health.

With a cycle of floods and droughts year after year, food resources have been stretched thin. Many families lack the ability to provide sufficient nutrition for their children’s healthy growth. These school breakfasts are fuel for the day and fill the children’s empty tanks so they are ready to learn and have a great day at school.

Thank you for helping provide funds that not only educate these children but provide breakfasts and lunches.

We hope these photos of full plates of food on tables in front of these children bring you smiles – we know the children are smiling. Education and good nutrition are life-changing.

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Health and Safety

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

Health and safety have been priorities for Haiti Foundation of Hope since its inception. In the last several years, these two areas have risen to greater importance with the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid increase in political unrest and gang violence in Haiti.

For years, the Clinic of Hope staff, the school staff and teachers, and the community health volunteers have educated people about the importance of handwashing and clean sanitation practices. COVID-19 heightened the need for and the awareness of hand washing. A large handwashing station is now under construction within the Clinic of Hope’s compound. Haitian workers are using concrete and tile to build a station allowing at least five people at a time to wash their hands with running water and soap.

The unstable political climate in Haiti has contributed to increased gang violence throughout the country. This last year, HFH took steps to increase the security around the school and clinic compounds: the height of the concrete block walls was increased; security wire was added to the walls around the Clinic of Hope and staff dormitory; and the gates were upgraded or improved. All the work was completed by our Haitian partners and all materials were purchased in Haiti.

All of this work was possible through the generosity of HFH supporters. Thank you! Working together, we are creating a safe and healthy space.

by Ron Whitted, HFH board member

Handwashing station being constructed.

Height of concrete walls increased.

Wire added to compound walls.

Gates improved.

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Free Medical Clinic for Students

On a Saturday in February, the Clinic of Hope staff organized a free medical clinic for Terre Blanche school children in Pre-K to grade 6. The children arrived in their school uniforms ready to see the medical staff.

Three doctors and one nurse, supported by other staff, saw 200 children that day. The Clinic of Hope had received a donation of several medications that were available to be given as needed.

A special lunch for staff and children was served – medicines always do better with a full stomach.

The parents were so happy for this opportunity to bring their children for medical care. This is just another example of the holistic approach to the ministry in Terre Blanche.

Another free medical clinic will be held at a later date for the secondary students.

 

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Holistic Gospel

What is it?

Pastor Delamy has often said, “This ministry is the holistic Gospel and it is a lot of work.”

So what is it?  The HFH mission statement answers this question: Haiti Foundation of Hope is a Christian organization addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people in the impoverished and underserved rural communities of northern Haiti.

Just as Jesus fed people, healed people both physically and spiritually, and treated people with dignity, compassion and love, so HFH tries to emulate Christ in all aspects of ministry.

The clinic begins with Gospel singing and prayers. Several pastors work full-time in the clinic and are available for counseling and prayers with each patient. This is a marvelous example of a Christian clinic.

All patients are treated with Christ as the model. Pastor Delamy has made this a priority in hiring staff at the Clinic of Hope. We may take for granted that medical personnel would treat patients with respect, but this is not the norm in Haiti. Excellence is valued in all aspects of this ministry, whether it is treatment of patients, dispensing of medications, giving referrals, driving patients to a hospital, feeding overnight patients or the preserving of patient charts.

The community health volunteers use the CHE (Community Health Evangelism) program. Their visits to neighbors include health assessment, health education and often prayer. When Mothers Clubs are organized through the Community Health Program, they meet in the church and are open to the whole community. The local church is sharing the good news of Christ and making disciples. One of the best things seen in Terre Blanche is a true melding of daily life and church life. They are one. The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, encompasses all aspects of life.

The school begins with flag raising, singing and prayers. Christian values are practiced in the classroom, while orderliness and manners are practiced in the cafeteria. HFH knows people need food and good health to thrive, to hear the Gospel and to respond to God’s call.

by Linda and Joe Markee, Founders Emeriti

Mothers Club

Morning flag salute at school

Village Rally Post

Dispensing medicines at Clinic of Hope

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Encouraging Church Leaders

On a Saturday in February, a special day was organized for the assistant Pastors, board members and other lay Christian workers from the churches in Finel, Dubedou, Terre Blanche and Anse Rouge. These are Pastor Delamy’s churches.

This group of faithful workers was invited to the Finel church for a full day retreat. There were 120 in attendance.

Pastor’s Delamy’s goal was to encourage each one to “stay positive and optimistic during the hardest situation that everyone is facing.”

RETREAT SCHEDULE:

This was a blessed and encouraging time together!

When a friend of Pastor Delamy’s heard of this retreat, he wrote an encouraging word: “I am always pleased to see the wonderful job you are doing in the Artibonite area where the needs far exceed the resources. We are certainly witnessing God’s active work through your ministry!”

We can provide encouragement as we pray for these faithful servants of God – may they continue to be faithful and look to God for His strength and wisdom during these difficult days.

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