An Update From Dixie

16 January 2010 10:45 PM

I forgot to tell you about one of our nannies, Jocelyne, who has been with us since 1998.  First she was a mother with her tiny baby who received services and since then has been an employee.  She was at GLA when the earthquake happened.  Her family lives down close to the sea in Carrefour, one of the hardest hit areas.  She had no word for 2 days and finally received word that her niece, her niece's playmate,  and a young girl that lives with her were in a two story house that collapsed.  They were caught in a very small space.  her niece has a leg that is very swollen and hurts and also her back is scraped up.  the playmate was not hurt.  The other little girl cannot walk and is critically injured.

Finally, Joycelyne was able to leave on Friday to go and try to find her family.  Irlande, her sister, also works at GLA but at the Toddler House.  She was in Carrefour when the earthquake happened.  James, our foster son, drove her to Carrefour and left her where she could walk to her home.  Her home is completely gone!  She found her two sons, her niece, and Irlande and collected them up and walked back to Petionville!  Now Petionville is probably 4 miles from Carrefour.  Her niece, 5 years old, with her injured leg, walked that whole way.  There were no taxis to take them.  They carried Jocelyne's baby who is dehydrated and having diarrhea. 

They arrived at the orphanage at 10 PM exhausted and in shock!  When Irlande saw me, she just walked up and hugged me!  She said she saw terrible things.  She said that things are so devastating.  It was so sad.  It broke my heart!  Joycelyne brought them here because she does not want the children to die!  they have no water or food where they were.  At least here, they can drink and eat....for now. 

They are so thankful that they are alive! 

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