Tuesday, May 31, 2005
On the very western tip of the southern peninsula lies the town of Tiburon. In a dilapidated house with two rooms and a old tent we run Ekol Espwa- Tiburon. We have 110 students who are happy to have the chance to go to school thanks to your support. Edouard went to visit the school this past weekend and yesterday. It took him five hours by motorcycle each way. He prayed all the way that the rains would not come while he was on the road and his prayers were heard. We'd like to build a small, decent school for these children and furnish it properly but... maybe someday. The cost of running this little school for 110 students with five teachers and to buy the necessary books and supplies is a whopping $4,000.oo a year. It would be great if an organization, a church or service club would accept to finance this rewarding project. Know anyone? The following photos were taken by Edouard during his visit.
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Here's an eager student who believes in the saying " the early bird catches the worm". He was the first to arrive on Monday morning! Check out the furniture.
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This is Widmy, a little boy who needs a hernia operation. Widmy's teacher begged Edouard to please do something for him as he cannot walk far nor can he run and play in his condition. A hernia operation plus transportation from Tiburon and back will cost $110.00 in US funds. I had called him Jovinsky but later found out his real name is Widmy.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Maxo, our construction supervisor, standing below the new roofing structure which should be up and finished by the end of the week. This is the Sixto2 until we come up with a better name. Is that a cool shirt on Maxo or what ?
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New corn crop we planted just two weeks ago. It's just amazing what the sun, the rain and good soil can produce.
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Monday, May 23, 2005
These are the two horses we purchased. They are young and we plan on training them to be used to pull a cart and to be ridden. Anyone have an extra saddle or bridle? By the way, one is female, Polishe, and the other is single-minded. His name is Poulin. I predict ponies for the future.
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We want to take advantage of the rainy season so we went ahead and purchased a bunch of grapefruit saplings. It'll be awhile before they produce fruit but well worth the wait. This variety has a juicy, blood-red interior and should be excellent.
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Herbie doesn't need an introduction but the lady holding him is Kathy Comito, R.N. She holds down the medical fort here and has a ton of medical experience and a Master's in Hospital Administration. Kathy's home is DesMoines but she has spent many years serving in developing countries. We are fortunate to have her on board.
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Meet three special people. Doctor Cynthia DeSoi is our Medical Director and comes down here four or five times a year. She is our 'angel of mercy' and has initiated prevention programs for the children. Dr. Cynthia is holding our two newest arrivals, Robinson and Ludima, brother and sister. Robinson is five and Ludima is three years old. They are now our youngest residents at Castel-Pere.
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No, this isn't Santa in scrubs. Meet Doctor Jerry Nasenbeny. He's checking out Achene for abnormal breath sounds. This is Dr. Jerry's second trip down here and we appreciate him very much!
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
This is the new house now complete for the Barbot family! The sign they are holding says that they thank God for this blessing and want everyone to know how grateful they are. For the Barbot family, for the children here at Pwoje Espwa and for all those who receive help with education, food or health care we wish to thank our supporters. You make this good work possible. God bless you.
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TiDenis, me, Herbie and Guirlain. TiDenis has a great natural smile but when you ask him to smile for the camera this is what he does. Nick tried several shots but they all came out pretty much the same. We'll just have to stalk him for a natural smile!
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This is Jean, our most recent. Mom and Dad are deceased and Jean was living with his grandmother who is too sickly to support him. I asked him this afternoon how things were here for him and he smiled and said-- I like it here cause I get to eat every day!
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Here I am with some of my second graders at Castel-Pere. Notice Godson in the first row. He was having one of those days and nothing I said or did could make him smile!
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