March was a a busy month. After the nursing student team from UMass Dartmouth left, Dr. Terry came to spend two weeks at PID working in the clinic. Terry did a lot of work with Samuel in the Hypertension programs and Diabetes programs, refining how he keeps data. She saw so many patients during her two weeks here and we can't wait to have her back!
In early April I got to participate in the PID annual celebration. I saw so many familiar faces of folks who come to Haiti on trips. I got to share some stories from PID Haiti at the celebration. One story included the success of a little boy here named Ederson. He is 3 years old now; and 6 months ago he was so, so, sick. He was malnourished despite months of receiving the nutritious mamba cookies through our program. His belly was so distended that some speculated he might have had a tumor. after taking him to several hospitals, it turned out that inconsistency with eating was causing his troubles. Through donors' generosity and the small business program at PID, Ederson's mother Cendy is able to give her children food daily. This family's life has truly been changed. At the Celebration, I got to share pictures of Ederson standing up straight! It might seem as though a 3-year-old learning to stand is not an impressive feat, but for those who know him, we know that 6 months ago that standing on his own would seem impossible.
Soon after returning to Haiti, Connor joined us at PID to start his 2 month internship. Connor spent the prior month in Haiti at a music school so he already has quite a bit of Creole under his belt. Here, Connor is helping Ederson practice his standing.
|Connor and Ederson|
Avery also got some really good news about little Babylove, a child in our malnutrition program. For those not following Babylove's story - she is a TINY baby who has a dangerous hole in her heart due to complications from Down's Syndrome. The PIH hospital in Mirbalais consulted her last Saturday and concuded that she could be eligible for an operation to repair that hole in September -she just needs to hang on until then. The challenge with Babylove is keeping her weight up. So please pray for Babylove and her wonderful mom Cynthia to keep going strong until the Fall.
|Senthia and Babylove|
|Senthia and Avery (holding Babylove)|
|Betty, Darlie, and Lizzy|
|Lizzy and Jonnette|
|All of us at the work site of Jonnette's new house|