This week is going to be a very stressful and busy week. Haitian customs released the last container sent from the US on Tuesday afternoon! We were so excited to get this 6th and LAST American sent container! Now we just have to get the six containers sent by Canadian donors out of customs!
We still have containers coming later in the year of things being collected and packed now. It seems like all of a sudden customs is releasing the containers we have sitting on the dock all at once! We have two containers that were sent from Canada that are supposed to be released on Thursday (tomorrow) and delivered to Fort Jacques on Friday!
Three containers in one week is a LOT of work! We knew this would happen since we had no teams to help unload! But the people that are here have done a wonderful job! Steeve and Mark, my sons, persuaded their neighborhood friends to come and help unload. Mme Bernard, our head nurse, lives in Fort Jacques and her husband came to help. All of my male staff came to help too. Georges came without Jocelyne from PAP to help unload.
The men inside the container were unloading things so fast that John got hit in the head with a mattress and had to stop helping for awhile. It gave him whiplash and he had to go and sit down for awhile! But it all worked out and the container was quickly unloaded and the mattresses stacked!
This container was mostly items that GLA needed for the orphanage. We needed some washing machines and dryers. We needed bunk beds and mattresses. We also got two new refrigerators. There were cars parts and welding material. There were also thousands of nails and screws that John needed for building. There was also 32 doors on the container to be used when we build the guesthouse next year! We also received the things that have been in the other containers like diapers, soap, baby formula, and clothing.
We have contacted the Mayor at Kenscoff to make plans to distribute 354 bags to families in his area on Monday. We do not have time to do this before Monday!
Thankfully, someone gave us 3 portable garages!!! They are kind of like a tent but you can put your car in them! We are using them to store lumber, appliances, and the bags of donations for distribution. So far, the garage storage is working out well. Since we started receiving the containers at Fort Jacques, we have had security guards on the property 24/7. It also helps that our oldest son, Patrick, is living in the staff house at Fort Jacques with his family. This helps keep everything safe even when in the portable garages.
We were able to donate items to Real Hope for Haiti in Cazele again this month and to Foundation Enfants de Jesus along with Sean Penn’s camp and many families. It is so nice to see these donations going out the gate to people who need them so much!
Posted on Wed, August 11, 2010
by Dixie Bickel