New children at GLA and progress on the pole barn

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Berline was admitted to the nursery this week.  Her aunt brought her to the nursery.  Her mother died and her father is unknown.  The aunt is a friend of Magaly, my Haitian administrator, and called Magaly to ask if the orphanage could take Berline.

Berline is a cute baby girl and seems to be in good health.  Hopefully, once all of her lab work and psychological exam is done, Berline will be placed for adoption with one of our waiting families.

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Friday afternoon, I received a call from Dr. Justine Crowley, who is the medical director at the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.  J/P HRO is the organization co-founded by the actor, Sean Penn. 

(Katia is in the green scrub top.  Jocelyne is holding Daniel.)

I had met Dr. Crowley at church last Sunday.  We were talking about our program for premature babies and she asked if she could send babies to us if needed.

Well, Friday, she called to tell me that she had a mother and child who refused to leave their clinic.  She was homeless and desperate and needed help.  At first the mother, Katia, told the clinic staff that she wanted to give them her baby, but then she just wanted help. 

Katia is a woman who has been educated.  She used to work in a bank.  She speaks Creole, French, and some English.  She is 44 years old and Daniel, her baby, is her one and only child.  Katia became involved with a man and he took her to Santo Domingo.  She became pregnant and came back to Haiti to have her baby.  Her family has turned her away because she has shamed her family because she got pregnant.

She cannot afford a home.  She and Daniel look to be in good shape.  I have not got all of the story yet, but hopefully, I will fully understand why all of a sudden she feels like she just cannot make it on her own anymore.  I think she is just exhausted trying to survive!  We will try to find a solution for Katia and Daniel and look for a way to get them into their own tent or house.

John, Brandon, Tim, Dave, George, George, Wilmond, and Jean have been working hard to get the pole barn up and ready for the next container that will come out hopefully, this coming week.  John hired a local crew of men to dig the foundation and level the land for the building.  They are also going to lay pavers inside the building to keep the supplies off of the ground. 

John had hoped to get it finished today but it will still take a few days longer to get it completely done.  It will be a nice and big building.  The only color of siding we could get was bright blue or bright red.  We chose the blue and it is definitely bright!

Here are some photos of the pole barn that I took today.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. cathleen wrote:
so happy to hear that you made a connection to help more children! i see on tv these orphanages popping up and i just don't get it. i've got a little one right here who is proof of your good work. so happy the barn is being completed!

Sun, July 11, 2010 @ 8:50 PM

2. Rori Hartzell wrote:
I will be praying for Katia and Daniel. I pray that they find some much needed rest and a place to call home. Continued Blessings to you Dixie and all of you at GLA......In His Name !

Mon, July 12, 2010 @ 12:26 AM

3. aline wrote:
MY prayers GO out daily for the orphanage AS WELL AS FOR THE STaff knowing that our God of mercy and love will hold Katia and Daniel in his hand especially as they are going through difficult times. I believe in HIS unconditional love and care

Mon, July 12, 2010 @ 12:38 AM

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