Sunday, May 29, 2016

Endicott in Haiti update!

The Endicott College team has had a great week of work so far. They continued work on a duplex and its neighboring single, while the nursing students assisted in Well Child check-up's on Thursday and saw kids and adults who were coming for normal consultations on Friday and Saturday morning. 

Saturday afternoon the team went to the museum downtown to see the more urban parts of Port au Prince and thenenjoyed a night out at a local restaurant.

Today the team is hitting up a beach and resting up for their last two work days. I am impresed by their upbeat spirits and good attitudes. Building houses and seeing patients is not easy. And in addition to those challenges there is also the heat, the language barrier and the cultural differences, the team is doing a great job processing their week and staying focused. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Team arrived in Haiti

The team arrived safely yesterday afternoon in Haiti. Endicott College and Nurse Kelly (Madam Tattoo to most staff here) are here to work on construction in Canaan and volunteer in the clinic. They seem excited and it should be a great week.

Last Sunday we also had Patrick (the FD in Mississippi) and Abbey arrive. Patrick is here to assist with construction plans in Canaan and Abbey is learning the in's and out's of interning from Intern Connor.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

**Urgent Sponsorship needed in Guatemala**

Name: Angelo Adolfo Agustin Ramos
DOB: May 4, 2016
Number: 202A

Angelo is two weeks old and was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. He has two older half-siblings, a sister and a brother, who live with their maternal grandmother. Angelo and his parents live in a one room wooden shack with a tin roof and a dirt floor. They have running water, electricity and a bathroom. His father works at a banana factory and his mom stays at home. Angelo needs the help of sponsorship to assist his family in buying formula because he can’t nurse properly. Through sponsorship he will be eligible to receive financial assistance with his surgeries and dental treatment when he is older.

If you are interested in helping Angelo please head over to the Sponsorship Page and follow the instructions.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The yellow house in the banana forest

This morning the team worked hard and finished painting the whole house! We decided on a bright yellow with an order border. The youngest daughter of the family Amalia and her father Carlos both helped out with the job.

This afternoon they had their last activity with the children. We printed out pictures that were taken on Friday and they made picture frames. They also did their favorite perler bead craft.

This was a great week with an awesome team. They accomplished a lot of different things and always had a great attitude.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Accomplishments

After a day trip to Lake Atitlan on Sunday the team was back to work in the village today.

One person helped Flor make the nutritious cookies that we give out to malnourished children to help them gain weight. The ingredients include powdered milk, vegetable shortening and peanut butter among other things. Their dough today made 198 cookies!!

The stove crew installed out last two stoves bringing our total to 10!! Including a new stove especially designed for making tortillas for Marcelina who makes the team lunches everyday. It is such a difference to go into her kitchen and see zero smoke!!

This morning I went with two team members to talk to Santos, a woman who received a house last year from PID. We asked her what color she would like her house to be and she answered "a happy color". Can you guess what color we chose? You will find out tomorrow.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday activities

The team installed two more stoves today along with 8 water filters. The remaining two filters were picked up at the clinic by their recipients. They live in a village on the other side of town and very far in from the main road through fields of corn and sugar cane. They were excited about their new filters. One of the families has a son that tested positive for various parasites and we suspect that the other family members may have the same issue. This water filter is an integral step in helping to solve that problem.

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Stoves and New Friends

After prepping pom-poms for the afternoon craft, the team set out and installed two stoves. They got to see another section of the village that seems like you are walking through a jungle. They also made friends along the way with some of the children and families. They are impressed by the friendliness of the people and the attitude of the kids.

Two people stayed back with Gale and I amd continued to make the pom-poms. After they had finished we brought two suitcases of medical supplies and prenatal vitamins to the Centro de Salud (local Health Center) in downtown San Antonio. We then did a few errands. They were able to see the central park and go into the Mayan market.