Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Fritzner and Ja-Roro came to me Sunday afternoon and talked about a woman they had met. Seems she was turned away at the gate here and she saw Ja-Roro and Fritzner leaving soon afterwards. She begged them to help her. They listened and decided that they would talk to me about her. I gave them the standard "we are real low on money these days" but they were persistent. I agreed to let them and two of my staff visit the woman's home and verify the story. Baie Du Mesle, the village where this poor widow lives with her ten children and two orphans, has no school, no clinic, no chapel or church. My guys were very disturbed by what they saw and they are not strangers to poverty. We took three of the boys to live at Castel-Pere even though we really can't afford to right now because [as Ja-Roro and Fritzner reminded me] this is what Jesus would do.
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This little boy needed some coaxing before coming out. Nick was probably the first white person he ever saw.
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Seven of the twelve children Manette tries to care for in her little hut. Ten are hers. Manette is widowed and desperately needs help. None of the children go to school-- it's just too expensive.
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Pierre-Michel, Ja-Roro, Maxime and Fritzner were so touched by the level of poverty they saw this morning that they gave away their sandals and sneakers to a few of the adults in the village.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Cross International, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in southern Florida, finances our home project. Poor families who could never afford a new home have the chance to own one thanks to Cross International. We identify the needy families and then our older boys do most of the work to keep the costs down. The boys are getting both terrific experience and a sense of pride for their contribution. So far we have built four new homes. Our list grows longer every week. There are now 17 families waiting for their dream of a new, safe home.
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This is a photo of the Constant family home which flooded every time the river rose from the rains. All nine members of the family slept in this tiny stucco shack.
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Lucien is back from P-a-P and his successful operation to fix his broken leg. He has a pin in his thigh now and is slowly becoming stronger. No running just yet. His scar runs from the knee to the hip... kinda like a big zipper. He is proud of it and loves showing it off.
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As space becomes available in the new quarters, we move in bunk beds one at a time. The kids decided to use branches...very smart! The transporters are from left: Nesly, Jackson, Kenson, Ti-Paul and Yvio.
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Friday, September 23, 2005
Pierre Rino, one of my teens, stands behind his brothers and sisters. We were blessed to find a sponsor for him and his family that allows them to go to school this year. His sister, upper left, was badly burned a couple of years ago and has extensive damage to her right scalp and face. There's no possibility here for plastic surgery so she has learned to live with the scars and the jokes. Please say a prayer for her, for Pierre and his family.
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Two days ago we had a rainstorm and this is the result. Can you imagine what a Katrina or Rita would do here?
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Sunday, September 18, 2005
Thanks to the kind people of the Haitian Children Relief Fund we received 32 cases of shoes and sneakers for the boys. HCRF is located in southern Florida and its leadership is mostly Haitian diaspora. We greatly appreciate this tremendous gift. For many of our boys this is the first time they have new shoes to wear. This photo was taken in the chapel and the lighting was horrendous but I wanted you to see some of the shoes and the boys. God bless HCRF !!
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A farmer's work is never done! Herbie is seen here in Jerome's boots. Am very grateful that we have Nick here to capture moments like this. With all the reasons in the world to be sad the kids manage to be kids and have some fun.
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Kakoune and Aurel performing for our visitors. Kakoune is our very talented singer and Aurel is our best juggler. He's also the manager of the performers and a straight A student!
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Doug Dittrick, Bill Commer and Jack Reynolds watching the show the children put on in their honor. These three men are part of the Board of Directors of Theo's Work, Inc., a non-profit organization in the U.S. that supports our work.
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Angelo's time on the swing was up but he wasn't quite ready to give it up. Nick captured the moment. By the way, Angelo was up and running with his friends in about two minutes.
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Friday, September 16, 2005
Thought you might like to see the metalwork suns and moons with paint on them. Pretty cool, eh? Painting is by Honel [top right], design and metalwork by Samuel [bottom] assisted by his brother, Jean Remy. They are for sale if you are interested.
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Monday, September 12, 2005
Lots of last minute hustling and running around gave way to order as the school bell rang this morning. It was our Opening Day for Ekol Espwa. All the teachers were lined up on the left and they were introduced to the children. After a half hour of prayers, good wishes and speeches classes were led out of the assembly by the teachers. Enjoy Nick's photos below.
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The children gather around Yves Mecene, the school Prefect, while waiting for the bell to ring and announce the beginning of the new school year.
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Dukenson and Junot lead the way for their classmates to the temporary school house on Opening Day 2005. The "yippees" you hear in the background come from the house mothers!
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Thursday, September 08, 2005
This is Samuel in front of a few of his metalwork creations. I asked him to make me some suns, one will be given to my nephew and his wife who own a restaurant called SOLARIS. If ever you're in Greensboro, NC stop in as the food is great. My best to you, Christian and Courtney.
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