17 February 2010

Another rainy night.  Hopefully, it will just be a light rain tonight! 

Our relief items that were flown in on Monday were finally delivered to Fort Jacques.  We received lots of canned goods which will come in handy at the orphanage.  We also received tents, clothing, shoes, toys, diapers, baby formula, and lots of drinking water.  We will sort and go through it all tomorrow and Friday and start giving it out on Monday.


A team of 8 people from Minnesota arrived today to help us at the orphanage.  They had planned on coming to help with the children and do some some small projects.  For now, they will help sort items that arrived today and get things ready to give out to families. I am so happy to have people come who are willing to be flexible and do whatever is needed at the orphanage.  These are NOT normal times.  So to have a group of people who want to come bad enough that they are willing to arrive in the Dominican, take a bus to  Port-au-Prince, meet us at the airport, and then spend the rest of the day unloading two big trucks is awesome! I am very thankful to have them here!

When we returned home from Ft. Jacques, we had a sick baby that had come from another orphanage.  He had steadily lost weight since January.  He is now over a year old and weighs 9 1/2 pounds!  He weighed 16 pounds back in January, so he definitely has a problem!  He is on an IV and he also has a problem with parasites.  His name is Peterson.  Pray for him.

Miloudrine and papa on admission 2172010 Then during supper, Joyce received a call from the Toddler House that a papa had come with a 2 year old little girl.  He said the mother was killed during the earthquake and he had no one to care for her.  Her name is Miloudrine and she is a pretty little girl.  She is covered in scabies and has an infection of her skin. She also has a bad cough.  I think she will do well and hopefully get healthy and strong in the next couple of weeks.  At this point, papa wants to put her here for adoption, but he will return on Monday with a final decision and then we will see what he decides!  If he decides that he just wants to leave her here for a couple of months, that is alright too. 

10 comments (Add your own)

1. lindy wiebe wrote:
It's good to hear that you got supplies. The students in my school are helping me raise stuff for the containers. I was asked by the students if they could pack seeds. Like carrots, peas....trees...I told them it is not on the list but I will ask. Have seeds been considered?

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 12:19 AM

2. alexandra wrote:
Dear Dixie, You, your staff and the little ones are always in my prayers. It's all I can do to help at this time. May God Bless You and give faith and strength. Alexandra

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 1:42 AM

3. erin dossous wrote:
is there anyway that you can sponsor a child? i know that somay need help at this time and requesting to only help/sponsor one may seem selfish but my husbands family is larger in haiti he has almost 200 relatives living in haiti that we are also sending aid to but to me i want to do more and my yougest son he is 8 wants me to help all the children if i could help just one we'd both be happy. i'd love to adopt but that isn't anoption now because of the laws in haiti now so please let this request be granted and let me send some support for this child and her father let him keep her please

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 11:24 AM

4. Katja wrote:
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1964884,00.html I don't know if you saw this, but it's really annoying after reading what you are doing and what a wonderful job you are doing to see this and see UNICEF treated like they are the best run organisation in the world and know what's best for the kids all the time. Look at how they are running the register kids in their database - a year?! Are the kids going to have to sit out in tents that whole time?

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 12:25 PM

5. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Katja, Let me make something perfectly clear. We have absolutely no problem with UNICEF wanting to reunite parents and kids. We also have no problem with their efforts to make sure that children aren't taken out of the country illegally. That's something that we have been advocating since 1994 when we first started. The only issue that we have is with UNICEF's desire to keep the kids in tent cities while they do that. We want them to allow us to help with caring for the children and help in reuniting the kids with their birthparents when ever possible. Does that make sense? Tom

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 12:36 PM

6. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Erin, We're working on a sponsorship program. Stay tuned. Tom

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 12:37 PM

7. Linda Nicolo wrote:
Dixie, Tom and GLA staff, God Bless you for all that you do. I have been following your blog since the earthquake and amazed how there is such wonderful people like all of you in this world. Your true dedicaton to the people especially the children of Haiti is commendable. You have defintely changed my outllook in life. Looking forward to the sponsorship program. You are in my prayers. Be well. Linda

Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 8:02 PM

8. alexandra wrote:
Tom, I have also been searching for a sponsorhip programme, and was doing my research on posibbilities in Haiti, trying to find a recommend organization, where money is spent on the child, and not on other "company costs". I am therefore glad to hear that you are working on such a programme. I am on Dixies blog since the first day of the earth quake...and have a lot of faith that She and others are BIG Angels amongst the Littlest ones. So I am awaiting for the sponsorship news. Alexandra

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 1:15 AM

9. Erika Barr wrote:
What happenned to Miloudrine?

Sun, February 21, 2010 @ 7:57 PM

10. Gitte wrote:
Dixie,tom and GLA staff, I have been also following your blog and Betty's blog since the earthquake. You all make a big difference! The children are in good hands at GLA! What has the papa of Miloudrine decides? She looks so sad. Gitte

Thu, February 25, 2010 @ 5:26 AM

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