Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Our California visitors are gone but we have many fond memories of their visit. Here's a group photo of the gang. From left: John, Dave, Father Ken, Ryan, Dee, me, Chase, Bryan and Thomas.
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It all started over a year ago when Cross International agreed to purchase a prefab metal building so that the children could all eat at one sitting. A company was found in Colorado and the arched metal building was shipped to Miami and later shipped to us here. The container sat on the docks in Port-au-Prince for over eleven months while the complicated procedure to release it took its time. Dealing with customs is certainly high on our most frustrating things to do here. The container finally arrived in June but with no instructions. That's where Victor and David come in. With their help and guidance we were able to erect the building in a few days. Amazing! It took two weeks to tighten the bolts by hand but we now have a weatherproof, solid shelter for the new dining area so that all the kids can now eat at once.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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Victor (left) and David (second from right) pose with a few of their fans and Matante on the side of the new dining space.
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Here's a photo of the finished arched building with Victor standing in front. He has every reason to be proud.
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Kate Burke was with us this summer and spent a good deal of time teaching the children. It was great to have you here, Kate.
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Our friend, David, from North Carolina stands with a group of the kids all wearing t-shirts which were given by the BAR Construction Co in Greensboro.
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Monday, August 28, 2006
Pierre-Luc begged Nick to take his photo and so here it is. I'm not real certain but I think this is staged for your benefit. Pierre-Luc is a very good worker but he's also a ham.
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From top left to bottom right: Nicolas, Herby, Feguens, Carlin, Didy and Jude. Welcome to the family, boys.
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Bryan, Thomas and David were out for an early morning stroll with some of the children. We hope the California visitors enjoyed their stay as much as the kids enjoyed their presence.
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Here's a great shot of David with a few fans. Just behind him is Ryan; the flowers in his hair were a gift from the kids.
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Father Ken taking a moment's respite with a few friends. Father is pastor of St Hedwig's Parish in southern California. It's the hottest time of the year to visit Haiti but he had a good time nonetheless.
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Proud parents, Berthony and Camille, presenting their new baby girl to us last week. Baby is healthy and the parents are ecstatic.
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Good things come to those who wait! Here's a photo of Bercame, Camille and Berthony's daughter. What a joy for her parents!
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