|Joceline surrounded by Granjil, Tigger and Jolie|
Senior security staff member Kesner came down on his days off and stayed to get to know the dogs and their routines. Students Rosema and Camiose will travel with us and look after the dogs en route. Next week Auguste will head back up on the weekend with Dieugrand and Rosema to paint and offer support to Sen Rafayel staff. The following week, I'm going up to stay to work in the office, hold intake interviews and check on the dogs as well. Did I mention we also have 2 cats?
Bottom line - those who live in absolute poverty suffer - people and animals alike. There are no safety nets here - no Social Services, no SPCA. I had a similar discussion while sharing a meal with friends Brandy and Jeff in Orangeville. They were participating in a 'Hunger Awareness' project in Dufferin/Caledon and we ate a meal entirely from the local food bank. (See Jeff's blog at www.inthehills.ca ) As we are heading up the mountain tomorrow, of course the truck broke down, but in advance - IN OUR DRIVEWAY. At least we were not on the mountainside with dogs.
Granjil performs for Suzeline and Dieugrand
Tigger loves water - any water - laundry, dishes...
Putting our kids to-gether with wounded animals has been an unplanned but brilliant manoeuvre. They are healing each other. Our young people are becoming sensitized to the brutal reality of Haiti's animals. Rosema is even considering becoming a vet, a profession completely unknown to him until this year. If he follows through, he will have to leave the country to study as there are no programs in Haiti.
In addition to dogs and cats, both offices were running full tilt in temperatures soaring past 110 and the humidity over 90%. Dripping wet is an accurate description. It is also a dangerous time for those who have inadequate water resources. Although we distribute potable water, they can't always get here due to class schedules and/or distance. Ednie arrived Tuesday at closing time suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. Staff helped her in from the street. Everyone stayed past closing until she was able to travel, then put her in a taxi home about 6:15 pm.
|Ednie - arrived at 5 pm as we were closing. Heat exhastion and dehydration -barely|
able to sit up. With cold compresses, she slept for an hour on the couch, after several glasses of water.
|Happy 16th Brunel !|
Inea and Edwige continue to need better medical treatment. Although Inea's Thyroid surgery took place March 15, she has had throat pain ever since and is extremely fatigued. After 3 unsuccessful trips to Sakre-Ke (Sacre-Coeur) Hospital in Milot for post op follow up, we are sending her to Doctor Jerome to-morrow. Her file (dosye) has been lost and there is no record of her as a patient except for the papers we have sent from here. They contain her dosye number but the file is gone.
|Ineas -too much post-surgical pain for a smile|
On a brighter note, Brunie received her nursing cap at the official ceremony (Kwaf-la) . Because she changed universities, she was required to repeat the ceremony. The new school has been a positive change for her. Although the program is demanding, she is more relaxed.
On the macro level, this Sunday is the Feast of Mothers, the Haitian Mother's Day. It is talked about in the schools, so everyone is aware. It is a difficult time for many of our young people as so many have lost moms to the scourge of poverty. Rather than hold a celebration now, we wait until the new school year and hold a remembrance service for all who have died.
I won't go on forever, it's been an insanely busy week. In addition to settling in the dogs to-morrow, we have 3-month performance reviews with 2 staff members, home visits to 2 of our young people with serious housing problems to see if we can arrange for land surveys which would allow us to rebuild their homes, and a meeting with Danius to plan the second floor construction. A heart felt acknowledgement and thank-you to Diane and Benjamin Plett of the Jasmine Foundation for their support, encouragement and confidence in Starthrower. Thanks to them we are embarking on the final stage of the Sen Rafayel building project.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the support which came our way from so many in the Orangeville/Palgrave/Caledon communities. The Palgrave Rotary Club was so receptive. It was a night I will long remember. Thank you Karen for the invitation.
The Illumination Fundraiser hosted by Women of Spirit (Cindy, Sharon, Lucille, Cheryl, Kathy, Karen) was an inspired and inspiring day. A day of yoga, meditation, pilates, zumba - you name it, we did it (me in a dress yet!)
The 'Life After 40 ' Funraiser in Toronto was a roaring success thanks to Linda and Theresa. You are a dynamic duo. Thanks to our web admin Daniel for taking the time to attend.
As well the Girl's Club at Golf Road Jr. Public School in Scarborough held a very successful bake sale. My heroes!
Thank you Diane of Acheson's and Janice of As We Grow for your support. Both women of distinction.
Thank you Nicky and Joan of Harmony for the homeopathics.
Thank you Kyong of Natural Choice for the NutraCleanse products.
The list is endless. If I've left you out, it wasn't intentional. The universe knows who you are and that you are amazing.
For now that's all she wrote- I have to get up at 5 for the trip to Sen Rafayel.