Friday, August 15, 2014

Team arrived safely and is working hard

Team all arrived safely on Weds. We are currently having electrical issues so please forgive us for not reporting sooner. 

The construction people are working hard to finish the floor of the administration so we can paint and move in. 

The Antioch group is working hard counseling and running a study in the afternoon. 

The yoga group is running a kids program. 

Gena is working hard in the clinic and loving it. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Update from Haiti

The last few weeks have been super busy with travel for me. I guess I had to expect I would have to make up for time lost in travel during my hip replacement recovery. So I have been to Haiti, Guatemala and now back to Haiti in the last four weeks. Today I am arriving in Haiti with a counseling group. They have been studying the effects of natural disaster on children. Haitian children tend to be some of the most resilient in the world.

Monday, July 21, 2014

One day of work left

Today the team continued to work on the house. A few stayed back to continue helping with stocking the shelves, shadowing in the clinic and bagging vitamins. Mrs Parvulus shared her political story of Haiti . We had cake to celebrate a team members 50 birthday. 
This night I was grateful for these young men and women who gave up their time 
To work in Haiti. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1/2 day and then off to sightsee

The team all worked up the mountain today. Sonia , the woman, who's house they are building came for a visit in Blanchard. She was so excited. 

The team went downtown and to the national museum . They finished with dinner at Epidor . 

Today we went to church in Archai and then spent the rest of the day at the beach. Many in the group went snorkeling. 
Returned home to a nice dinner of lasagna and spinach. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Heat continues


Today three ladies stayed back and spent the day cleaning the pharmacy depot and bagging meds and vitamins. The clinic saw quite a few people, a lot of the kids had fevers. 

The team returned a little early because the heat and dust was so intense. 

They went to a Haitian movie tonight at a tiny "theatre" down one block. 

I am checking in early tonight as we had many meetings today. More tomorrow from team members. 

Hot, sunny and more hot

The team went to work
This morning at Canaan. It was very hot. Tom had to stay back and help with the bagging of vitamins because he hurt his foot and couldn't do construction, tonight he shared that although he didn't get to
Do anything spectacular today it made him realize that each job was important. 

Most of the rest of the team did a great job even in the heat . It was a great first day.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Team Arrives in Guatemala

The team from Hamilton Congregational arrived this evening after a long day of travelling. They had a delicious dinner followed by a quick orientation meeting. Then it was off to bed!

Tomorrow they will split into three groups to do construction, VBS and painting.

Team in Haiti arrives

The team from Maine arrived in Haiti . They have been traveling since 1:30AM. 
Tomorrow they will travel to Canaan to start a foundation for house number 13 in that area. Today we counted up all the houses we built since 2001, added on to or fixed up after the earthquake and we had 121! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Instagram

PID Guatemala is now on Instagram! Follow us to stay up to date, see pictures of cute kids, and learn more about our programs here in Concepcion Ixtacapa.

Also if you are on instagram and post about PID, you can use the hastags: #partnersindevelopment #pidguatemala #pidconstruction

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rainy afternoons and beading with kids

The team has done two full days in the village. Dr. Liam and his son are working hard seeing patients all day long. He is even using acupuncture with some people. They are a little hesitant at first, but afterwards are impressed by the results.

The construction crew continues work on the house in Desierto. They are now transporting cement blocks to the house. It is a loooooong path from where the materials get dropped off to the construction site - they counted 300 steps!!

The afternoons are somewhat rainy so we have been doing crafts with the kids (see pictures below). Eliara is working hard putting sealants on the teeth of children and getting sponsored kids in to see the dentist. Rachel is leaving today after a month of interning. We will miss her friendly attitude and enthusiasm. She has helped out a lot with the after school program and english classes. She was also doing fecal samples and looking for parasites.

Gene and his daughter Rebecca are having a good time catching up with old friends (well Rebecca is meeting them) as well as interviewing staff to see how the PID programs are running.