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  • May2 Gets Help


    Update: 16 May 2013
    May2 has been back with her mom full time since May 13 and went home with her mom and twin brother yesterday. They had both gained weight and are scheduled to come back on Saturday, May 18, to get reweighed. Good stuff, all thanks and praise to God.

    7 May 2013
    Twins, a boy and a girl, were born into a family here on May 4. The mother noticed that the little girl was not nursing as strongly as her brother and brought her to the hospital because of her concern. It is quite encouraging to be able to intervene this early in the process as little May2 is eating well. Her folks are staying here on the mission property and we anticipate May2 returning to them in short order.

    We are having some difficulty keeping up with the needs for infant formula (Supplemental Milk Program). In addition to interventions such as mentioned above, we have a regular program that supplies HIV+ mothers with formula to feed their babies, reducing the risk of transmission through beast milk. Our cost for formula is $300 per month; we currently have pledges and contributions to cover 1/3 of this cost.

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  • Food Depot Roof & Expansion

    2 April 2013

    There was a small part of the food depot (storage building) that needed to have the roof replaced. We did this with materials recycled from the hospital roof project. In enlarging the capacity for food storage, we utilized an area that was previously used by hospitalized patient's families as a cooking shelter. We have a new area dedicated to this under construction using local rock and a local craftsman.

    The day we took the roof off we got 3/4" of rain--the most in months: whatever it takes to get rain :-)

    Note: On the left of the third photo below is one of the first cisterns we built. It is discolored but still does what it was designed to do.

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  • Nutrition Depot Completed

    26 September 2012

    The construction on the nutrition house was completed, and none too soon. We needed the space within days of the completion. We are pretty happy with the look of it.

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  • Nutrition Depot Roof Construction

    6 August 2012

    We are finally entering the final stages of building the Nutrition Depot addition. As mentioned before, we distribute 10 tons of food per month in cooperation with the world food program. There are times that we just don't have room to store all the food in the present space. It is very important that the storage area be free of voids that allow rats and mice to get in and help themselves to the food.

    The 1 foot thick rock walls were completed in July. This week we formed and poured a 6 inch thick steel reinforced concrete roof. We have several such roofs on the grounds and have refined the process of forming and pouring them with each successive project. A grid of reinforcing steel bar (rebar) is put in place, with concrete block placed within each grid. This technique took some convincing for us as it seems counterintuitive that using the block would end in a stronger end result.

    Folks we know in Port au Prince have used this method for much larger projects, and ones where the construction is used as load-bearing floors, as well as roofs, with good result. We actually used the method in the construction of the latest hospital addition and noted that there was no significant settling after removing the forms. This is an issue that we have noticed with previous roofs using similar amounts of rebar but no block, so we are convinced.

    We will remove the forms in three weeks. We incorporated two glass blocks in the roof to help light enter. We are planning to make a steel door to hang this week, so after the forms are down and the door hung, we can start using it.

    Next major project for us: Replacing the hospital roof (whhheeeewwww!!).

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  • Nutrition Depot Update

    2 July 2012

    The walls are up on the food depot. We hope to have the concrete roof poured by the end of July.

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  • Nutrition Depot

    6 April 2012

    So we keep thinking that we are through, at least temporarily, with construction but . . . we are working on a storage building (we call storage buildings depots), where we keep the food that we give away through various nutrition programs. The existing building was built by Wesley Poland in the 1980s. We are using native rock so as to match the existing as closely as we can.

    In the first photo below, the section to the far right had the original roof removed and a concrete roof poured a couple of years ago to make it rat proof, it worked. To fill current need, we are adding space by enclosing the porch area and will then remove and replace the metal roof with concrete. The plan is to have the roof 11 feet high, which will allow for higher stacking of the food, which is usually in 50 or 100 lb bags or on pallets.

    The name of the fellow laying the rocks in the second photo is Mono. He is a very talented guy, and works with us on a semi-regular basis.

    Some stats:
    Food supplementation is given to approximately 300 people per month in categories including: HIV and TB patients, malnourished children, malnourished pregnant and nursing mothers, and elderly folks. We function as the administrator for these programs. The food is donated by Christian Aid Ministries for the elderly and the World Food Program for all the other categories. We apportion approximately 10 tons of food per month.

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  • Graduates

    7 February 2012

    These boys were both malnourished as babies but having graduated from the malnourished program, they are healthy young boys now. It is so good to see them doing well, and the smile on mom's face is great :)

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  • How 'Bout Dem Apples, All 2888 of 'Em

    2 December 2011

    We all have traditions that we cherish. Some traditions get in the way of serving God, some are service in themselves. Jeff & Lisa Dodson and friends started a tradition three years ago that has grown to touch hundreds of lives and helped to save many. It all started with love. Love for God, the poor and their own friends and neighbors, oh, and a recipe------for apple dumplings.

    These folks saw a need to help some of the most helpless people on earth, malnourished infants born in one of the poorest areas in the world. This year, the second for them to target the needs of these babies, they raised over $4500 to buy infant formula; they raised it $2 at a time.

    The self-labeled "Apple Dumpling Gang" met every week, beginning in early September into November to make the dumplings, complete with baking instructions, scripture, and facts about the babies and Haiti. The team, which includes 7-year-old Lydia Rolling and 91-year-old Paul Willis, went through 28 bushels of apples.

    The Dodsons are part of Zanesville Medical Mission (ZMM) and are coming with them in January 2012 to perform surgery at Hopital Evangelique. ZMM was instrumental in equipping our operating room and this will make their third trip to perform much needed surgeries. We thank God for folks like the Apple Dumpling Gang, Zanesville Medical Mission and you, when you put the needs of others before your own.

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  • Chilanda

    1 October 2011

    Chilanda is a baby who has lived with her grandmother since she was a little baby. She brought her to us when she was 8 months old very malnourished. She stayed in the nutrition center for almost 2 months before going home. We've continued to help them this past year. We're including a picture at 8 months (left) and in September 2011 at 21 months of age (right). It is a real joy to be able to help these little ones who are so neglected. We thank God for the privilege to serve Him in this capacity. We think of the verses that keep us here in Haiti: Matthew 24:35 "I was hungry and you fed me..." and Matthew 24:40 "inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me."

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