Hi all! This is Melissa writing on behalf of Dixie…I was chatting with her online this afternoon and she said “It’s driving me crazy that I’ve been so ill and I haven’t had a chance to blog!” I said, “Dixie, I think everyone will understand!” But she asked me to share with you about some things that have been going on here lately in Haiti and I am glad to provide a little update.
We have done two distributions in the last 7 days, which basically took care of the last of the donations to be given away from the final Canadian containers that we received. Between Callebasse last week and Kenscoff this week, we gave out a total of 750 bags filled with your donations! Callebasse, went smoothly, as per the usual laid back fashion of the Callebasse people. As we drove up, several people were waiting in line with tickets in hand, while others were slowly making their way down the road to join the line. Very different than Kenscoff, where all 400 people are in line before we arrive, plus another 300-400 “observers” forming an outer perimeter. Yesterday was one of the only times that I haven’t been able to go along to Kenscoff for distribution, but I was told by those that went that it was the smoothest one so far! We have such a good system in place by now, involving the mayor and the local police and we’ve learned which things work well, and which things to avoid in the future!
These two distributions will probably be the last for awhile, as most of the relief containers have been received here in Haiti. I’ve really enjoyed being able to be a part of the various distribution trips and have loved watching the Haitian people receive their bags of supplies. I always enjoy watching them as they walk away from the line with their bag....some take their bag off to the side, sit down on the ground, and start looking through their new possessions. Some quickly walk off to enjoy their new items away from the crowd. Others will go off to the side and wait for their friend or family member to receive their bag, and then they will sit down together and compare what they got. Sometimes trades are made, or an item will be given to a friend who had not received a ticket that for that day's distribution.
It’s been such a blessing to see the full progression of receiving a container, unloading it, sorting all the boxes, making up bags for distribution, loading them up and then handing them out to the Haitian people who are in need. All of this is possible because of the generosity of so many of you!
Here are a few pictures from the Callebasse distribution last week Thursday.
Another exciting thing around here is the new water and filtration system that has arrived and been set up at the main house. There were a few set-backs at first, but now it seems to be running smoothly. Our drinking water is now being filtered and bottled with this system, and the water coming through the taps is chlorinated as well. (Although I don’t know that anyone has braved a drink from the tap yet!) I’ve included some pictures of the progress in preparing for and receiving the new system.
As always, we say thank-you so much for your continued prayers and support! Please keep Dixie in your prayers, that she would have a full and quick recovery and for her and John to be able to enjoy the last few weeks of their time in the States.
God bless and have a great week-end…wherever this finds you!
Posted on Fri, September 24, 2010
by Dixie Bickel