Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Emergency: Sponsor needed for baby Johana

This is Johana Nicolas. At almost 10 months old, she weighs less than 11 pounds! She never cries, smiles or laughs. Her little limbs have no strength and she seems weak and tired. While her mother was still pregnant with her, the baby's father died of an unknown illness. The mother is currently in the hospital and has been in the hospital for some time. Johana has been underweight her whole life. Today the family came to PID to see if we could help. We sent her family home with formula and baby cereal, but we need the help of a sponsor to continue the support.

To sponsor Johana, go to PID's website and click Donate, then click Child Sponsorship, or click here. Her sponsorship information is:

Johana Nicolas

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three generations of women

The baby's mother (in orange), grandmother with new grandaughter in her arms.

This grandmother, mother and brand new baby girl came to clinic today to check up on the three week old little one. All is well with the baby. Mom was a patient in our prenatal program and came with her mom today to meet with the new PID midwife, Solange. They agreed to let me snap a picture to share with you all (although requested no names).

New midwife and prenatal program nurse Solange started last Monday and is a meaningful addition to the clinic staff. Solange studied through a school in Hinche and has worked with pregnant women and new babies for three years.

Exciting Days Ahead for Antony

Antony was born on May 4th of this year with a unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. This made it difficult for him to breastfeed and he quickly began to lose weight. PID stepped in and found him a sponsor to help the family with the cost of baby formula. This intervention of PID may have saved Antony's life.

May 2016

September 2016
Antony is now 4 months old and a healthy weight. He went to get bloodwork done today and if everything is clear, he will receive surgery within the next week. We will take him to a private hospital in Antigua that specializes in children born with cleft lip and palate. He will stay in the hospital 5-7 days after surgery and then we will pick him up and bring him home. His parents are nervous and excited.

There are currently 10 children sponsored through PID who were born with cleft lip and palate. There are many more in San Antonio. If you are interested in making a donation to help these children with surgeries, speech therapy or formula, you can do so at: http://www.pidonline.org/donate/online
Each surgery costs $500 (transportation, medicine, hospital fees and lab exams). $60 provides a month of formula or speech therapy.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Emergency: sponsor needed for child in Haiti

This is Lenchelly Nerly Noel. He is 7 months old and weighs only 8 pounds. He is small and under-developped for his age. His mother has a problem making breastmilk for little Lenchelly. 

Their family lives in Cite Soleil, which (as many of you know) is a dangerous and impoverished area. Mariolene (the baby's mom) has two toddler boys also. Caring for her children is very hard. Today we gave her baby cereal and some formula, but we need a sponsor to help us provide these items for Lenchelly.

If you want to sponsor Lenchelly Nerly Noel, log on to www.pidonline.org and click "Donate", and follow the instructions from there. 

His Child Sponsorship number is H1069. 

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Madame Jean's new house and the end of a great summer in Haiti

Eltride Jean in front of her new home in Canaan. (Neighborhood kids in background).
Eltride exploring the house.

We close an eventful, hot and fulfilling summer here in Haiti. We had several house-building teams come and build in Canaan as well as Duvivier. Thanks to all their work, two families are moving into their new homes. Eltride Jean, who I drove to Canaan last Friday to check out her house, has 4 children whose father is out of the picture. When we opened the door to her new place, her eyes lit up. She is so excited to have a safe, dry, and private space. While leaving, we walked past another woman who recently moved into a PID home in Canaan. Janet Ceasar moved into her place in April. As we walked past her Eltride was so excited to see her. The two women embraced each other. It turns out they know each other from when they both lived in the Blancahrd area. Canaan is far, and a big move like that might be intimidating, despite the fact that its a life-changing opportunity. I could tell Eltride was very glad to find that her new neighbor is an old friend! It was a really sweet moment.

In addition to Eltride, Madame Sherline Germain is also moving into her house! Sherline first crossed paths with PID after the earthquake. She has a big family including twin boys in our sponsorship program. The August construction team is pictured below with Sherline (in yellow). The twins are in front in orange and white t-shirts.

 August: The Priestly/Rockwell team with Sherline and her twins in front of their home-to-be, and neighborhood kids. 

August: making progress!
  Sherline's house is being built on land in Duvivier that her grandfather gave her. She will move in this week sometime, a great relief for her since housing has been questionable for her for years.

Now: just finishing touches are left!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Parades of San Antonio

As I mentioned in my last post, this week is Guatemalan Independence Day and as part of the celebrations the school children parade through town. Some are dressed in uniforms and others in traditional Mayan outfits. The best students in each grade proudly wear their sashes and carry the flags. Some schools have a marching band and others do dance routines. My favorite part of the parade is seeing the kids' faces light up when they see me or the others that work in the clinic.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Happenings in Guatemala

Even though there will be no teams this month, September is a busy time in Guatemala. On the 15th we will be celebrating Independence Day. There are many activities that go along - parades, festivals, beauty pageants and fairs. Next Monday the parades begin! Students participate by marching through the streets of town in their school uniforms or traditional outfits waving flags. There is a different parade each morning.

Today I had the privilege of attending an awards ceremony for Miguel Lopez. He is a boy in our sponsored program that was born with hydrocephalus. He has always struggled in school and has learning disabilities. Last year he got very sick and was in and out of the hospital after multiple operations. November of 2015 was his most recent operation that changed the drainage of his shunt from his stomach to his heart. Since then we have seen a complete turn around in his health! This year he enrolled in a new school with smaller class sizes where the teacher can give more individual attention to him and help him learn. Today at the ceremony the best students in each grade were announced and awarded. Miguel got a special recognition for being very dedicated to his studies and always putting in his best effort. I attended the ceremony at the school alongside his mother Marcelina (the cook for team lunches). Below are photos from the ceremony. We are so proud of Miguel and his accomplishments.