Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday shopping at PIDcrafts

Happy Thanksgiving week! We're running a special seasonal sale at our PIDcrafts Etsy shop to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping this week. When you purchase Christmas gifts through PIDcrafts, you help artists in Haiti and Guatemala. So, make a difference when you shop this year! Check out our new gift baskets, nativity sets, and much more. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


3 Cherubs to make Chubby!

I'd like you to meet Glendy, Damaris and Rudy. Three little kids, all malnourished and all in need of sponsorship!

Follow the link on the Child Sponsorship page to start sponsoring today and help these kids get healthy and stay that way!


#3039 Damaris Aracel Yacabalquiej Sacalxot
Damaris is one year old and severely malnourished. She entered into our Chubby Cherubs program of nutritional cookies to help her gain weight, but she really needs the help of a sponsor to buy her powdered milk to drink. She has an older brother who is 7 and an older sister who is 3. Damaris and her siblings live with their mother and 5 relatives of their mother in a one room cement house with a tin roof and a dirt floor. Virginia doesn’t work and depends on financial help from one of her brothers to support her three children. The family usually eats tortillas for three meals a day with rice, beans, eggs or sometimes just salt.


# 3040 Glendy Marisol Meretz Carrillo
Glendy is three and a half years old but only weighs 19 pounds! She has been diagnosed with severe malnutrition and entered into our program of nutritional cookies to help her gain weight, but she really needs the help of a sponsor to buy her powdered milk and other food. Glendy has one older brother, four older sisters and two younger sisters. Her siblings range in age from 1 month to 13 years old. Glendy lives with her brother and sisters and their parents in a one room shack made out of wooden boards and a tin roof with a dirt floor. Her father works cutting sugar cane from November – May and is usually unemployed for the rest of the year. The family usually eats tortillas for three meals a day with eggs, beans, boiled herbs or rice.

#3041 Rudy Daniel Alberto Tello Aguilar
Rudy is four years old but only weighs 23 pounds! He has been diagnosed with severe malnutrition and is participating in our program of nutritional cookies to help him gain weight, but he needs the help of a sponsor to provide him with powdered milk and other food. Rudy is an only child and he lives with his single mother, and her mother and brother in a one room concrete house with a cement floor. They are renting the house and all his mother’s monthly salary goes towards paying the rent. Angelica works cleaning houses and her brother works selling purified water to help support the family.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Avery arrives, and a check-up for Franscesca!

Antoinette gave birth at PID's emergency birth center on October 12, 2015
First I wanted to share this photo of the woman, Antoinette, who had her baby here at PID last month. Today, she came in to get the baby checked out. Baby Franscesca is doing great- gaining weight back after a slight dip in weight last week. Antoinette said it would be okay to share this pic with you all, and baby Franscesca didn't seem to mind either.

Avery also arrived in Haiti yesterday. She'll be interning for two months here!

I think they are testing her Creole...

This morning she helped me unpack the Christmas party supplies from the barrels we got out of customs last week, we then walked around PID and introduced (or re-introduced) her to all the staff, and a talked about her internship hopes. Later she set up for Creole lessons with her tutor, then she killed some time playing soccer with the kids (they like her already: she brought a soccer ball.)

PID's little neighbor playing with Avery's soccer ball

Check in with you all soon,


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saturday in Guatemala

Today the medical team worked in the clinic in the morning seeing patients. We brought a pickup truck full of people from the far away village of Saquiy. On Monday we will send the truck to another far away village called Barrios.

Shelby and Tiana worked all morning popping popcorn over a hot plate in my office. It was quite the sight to see!

In the afternoon Shelby, Patrick and I had our first Christmas party with the middle school and high school kids in our sponsorship program. The rest of the team went to explore the Mayan Ruins and enjoyed learning about the history of the site.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas has arrived in Guatemala

The team arrived safely yesterday in Guatemala and had a successful first day.

The eye clinic team saw many patients today and were able to provide excellent care!

Our Christmas Party team spent the day baking sugar cookies and making popcorn.

Patrick is here in Guatemala for the first time and impressed by the efficiency.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2015 Silent Auction sneak peek...

Join us for our Annual Benefit on Saturday, October 24 for your chance to win...

African Photo Safari, six days & nights for 2 people, including 3 meals and 2 game drives daily on the Zulu Nyala Game reserve.

Professional Dog Training Certificate for 10 hours of private dog training in your home or at Just Behaving in Rowley, MA.

Guatemalan Coffee Break Basket, includes coffee, hot chocolate, colorful hot pad and 2 hand-painted mugs, all from Guatemala.

$250 Amazon Gift Card.

Long Lake Townhouse Vacation, One week's stay (Friday-Friday) in spacious townhouse on Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine.

Church Birdhouse, two compartment handmade birdhouse with 8 stained glass windows, a brass bell, and a removable roof for cleaning.

Masonry Doctor Gift Certificate, Certificate for 3 days of masonry labor (up to 21 hours) and up to $500 in materials.

Beautiful handmade Guatemalan quilt with loops for use as a wall hanging.

$200 certificate for interior design services or products from Bella Design Interiors.

Four general admission passes to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Framed painting of Boston Common.

Fresh 15 lb. holiday turkey, free-range, grain-fed & hormone free from Tendercrop Farm.

8 African, Latin, or Partner dance classes with Greg Coles Dance and Drum.

Yoga blanket/wrap from Asquith of London and a certificate for a 55 minute therapeutic massage session at Elements Massage in Newburyport.

Celtics and Bruins Tickets

And much more…

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Team is here in Haiti

Team arrived safely to Haiti tonight. Its a team of 1 doctor and 8 RN's - many of whom are ER nurses. Many first timers and three repeat offenders. :)