31 January 2010 7:30 PM

Friday afternoon in Miami, we decided to do a final run to a Super Walmart and buy some more blankets and tents and then load everything into trunks to ship it in.  I had to be back at the hotel by 7:30 PM because the limousine to take me to the Larry King taping was coming at 8 PM.

If you know anything about Miami, you know that most Ave run east and west and Streets run North and South….or is it the other way around???  Anyway, as we are heading back from Super WalMart, someone who will remain anonymous (but it was not Joyce) accidentally put 7th Street into the GPS instead of 7th Avenue for the hotel address.  So we wandered all over Miami trying to find out way back to the hotel!  Finally, we realized our error when we arrived in a really run down area of Miami and it said we had arrived at our destination and we KNEW we were not in the right location!  So with about 10 minutes before 8 PM the anonymous person put the right address into the GPS and it said we were 18 minutes away from the hotel!  I got so tickled that I could not stop laughing!  Then I started coughing and everyone in the car was afraid I would have a choking episode while I was driving!   What a trip!  I arrived back at the hotel at 8:15 PM and I raced upstairs to my room, combed my hair, put blush on my cheeks, and raced to the CNN studio in Miami!  Then I waited for 50 minutes until it was my turn to talk!!!!  LOL

I wanted to debate with UNICEF!  I was talking but nobody could hear me!  UNICEF is putting all abandoned children in a tent city!  When we have a beautiful facility with Haitian and foreign nurses, a pediatrician and a general doctor on call, teachers, school, and 70 trained child care staff that can provide for them so much better than UNICEF!  I wrote one of the doctors that is responsible for the placement of the children and told him I was upset and he wrote me back that he would talk with his health team and get back to me tomorrow.  Why is UNICEF taking over Haiti’s abandoned children?  IBESR should be responsible for Haiti’s abandoned children.

Harry We did receive Harry who is 10 years old and has a hurt left arm and left foot.  His home fell on him and he is separated from his mother.  He is laughing and funny already.  At first, he was very homesick and crying for his mother but he likes us now.  We are making inquiries about his mother and hope to find her soon.

Charlene is 7 years old and very smart!  She says her house fell on her and she has lots of cuts, scrapes, bruises, and a deep cut on her foot but it is not slowing her down at all!

Jude is less than a month old.  He was abandoned by his mothe r on a dirt pile but she really did not abandon him because she stayed to watch if someone picked him up.  he was just a tiny baby and premature.  An American medical team that was in Haiti helping after the earthquake took him into their clinic and DSC01321 cared for him.  They transferred him to GLA.  But the mother came back to the clinic and said she MIGHT want him back after he is bigger and healthier.  He had seizures when he first arrived at GLA, and we are sure he had an infection of some sort.  He received treatment and is doing better now.

We arrived home at 8 PM Saturday night.  We came with 28 trunks, 14 suitcases, and multiple boxes.  Today, the volunteers have unpacked the items and started sorting them into piles.  Tomorrow, we will start handing out the items to the staff who have lost their homes and also to the community around us that is still sleeping outside.  Callebasse and Kenscoff were hard hit also and we will try to get a list of names in that area who need some tarps, tents, blankets, and lanterns and see if we can help them out.

Tomorrow, I will go to the French Embassy and IBESR trying to find out what can be done for the French adoptions and for the abandoned children.  Pray for me as I run all over downtown tomorrow trying to get some answers.

And life in Haiti goes on.....

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11 comments (Add your own)

1. Kelly DeBardelaben wrote:
(((((((((DIXIE))))))))))) Praying that God provides a way for you to provide for the orphans you serve and will serve. God bless! Kelly D < :)

Sun, January 31, 2010 @ 8:45 PM

2. jessica wallach wrote:
Please let me know how baby Jude is doing and if I can help him in some way.

Sun, January 31, 2010 @ 9:14 PM

3. Donna wrote:
Prayers for everyone Dixie!Limbo,is heard on tv along with adoptions or kids leaving that sure not be happening...Unicef has stepped in to make sure halt is happening ! I hope they realize as you wrote you have a beautiful facility with a lot to offer this children.Pray they see how long you have been there for the children and are they voices too!You can do all things thru Christ, never give up!Donna

Sun, January 31, 2010 @ 9:45 PM

4. Mari Fox wrote:
My two sisters and myself are praying for you, the children, and all of haiti. I am in the prosess of geting my passport so I can come down and help in anyway I can. God Bless You All.

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 7:07 AM

5. Carla Sidorchuk wrote:
Our prayers are with you as you do his errands I'm sure he is watching over you all. Good luck and God bless

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 7:39 AM

6. Dale-Ann wrote:
Hello Dixie I just wanted to let you know that our prayers are with you, your staff and expecially the children... I am from Canada and I was wondering what can your Canadian friends do to help??

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 9:31 AM

7. Susan Boston wrote:
Dear Dixie, I have been following you for years and do contribute now - please take care of yourself - I am worried about you and my prayers are directed toward you - after all - if you like Sudoku as I do - you must be good! I have adopted three children from the US years ago - and was on the Board of Spauling for Children for many years - it was a Michigan agency dedicated to help special needs children - and I certainly felt for you on Sunday night TV when people were directed to call you about adopting a child right now! I thank God that the world has an adoption knowledgeable person like you in Haiti. Take care of yourself - as a psychologist I acknowledge the enormous stress on you and your staff - not only from all the recent events, but from the loss of all your children, although I know you are very happy that they have their forever homes, it must be very difficult for you and your staff. God Bless You, Sue

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 11:31 AM

8. Rebecca Musaeus wrote:
Our prayers are with you and your staff; The children are on my mind a lot and keep me awake at night thinking about them and what the future holds for them. GLA is a light among the darkness we are now contributers of GLA. God Bless you and all your hard work. Rebecca Musaeus

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 2:54 PM

9. Valerie Breslin wrote:
I am from Northern Ireland and have been so saddened to see the suffering in Haiti, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I seen a clip about your orphanage on the tv and was so heartened to see the work you do and the love and care for all the babies. I cried tears of joy at your photos of the children reuniting with their new parents and I felt hope. You are truly inspiring, someday I hope I can come and volunteer at your organisation. For now I will contribute to your funds. God Bless all of you, you are in my prayers and thoughts.x

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 3:32 PM

10. katherine and john baez wrote:
dixie, we cannot understand the actions of UNICEF! we are inquiring (to the New York organization) as to WHY they are taking these steps....waiting to hear what they say. In the meantime we pray for you daily and hope it finds you strength in your daily life-as it did before this disaster occurred.

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 5:14 PM

11. Kathleen Wielkopolska wrote:
God will make a way where ther seems to be no way. He seems to make a habit of doing that. I hope and pray you will find some way to work alongside UNICEF in the short term so they warm to you and then hopefully start feeding children into your fantastic setup. Keep focused on what CAN happen and not on what can't happen. You are born to win and manifest the glory of God. Keep going for it and very much hope that I can make it out there to help at some stage. Kathleen x

Tue, February 2, 2010 @ 3:15 AM

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