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.
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 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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Posted on Sun, January 31, 2010