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Giving Hope

October 23, 2008

Written from Haiti:

Despite the difficulties of traveling in Haiti since the flooding, people continue to arrive at the Clinic of Hope. Our 14-member medical team is busy. We’ve had two babies born at the clinic this week and several over-night patients. A very sick little boy came here and was treated for typhoid. After two nights at the clinic and lots of care, his health improved. And this morning, we said our good-byes and sent him home to continue healing. When one of the doctors told the mother her son was doing better, the mother said she now had hope.

Here’s some of what’s happening beyond the clinic floor…

On the roof we’ve almost finished installing the solar panels. We’ve got much of the clinic running off of solar power rather than the generator which will end up saving money as fuel is expensive here — more than usual since the flooding.

In the school yard children are playing, and fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are studying in their classrooms. School started late this year because teachers couldn’t travel from their homes after the hurricanes. On Nov. 4, all the students will return to class. The school feeding program has expanded from lunch to lunch and breakfast because since the flooding it has been extremely difficult for people to find food.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to sharing more stories after our return home.

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