"April come she will... when streams are ripe and swelled with rain..." so wrote musical genius Paul Simon a century ago. (It feels like a hundred years some times)
Wouldn't it be a treat if April showers really brought May flowers? But after a week of heavy rain which clogged our gutter, it brought the gift which keeps on giving --- mosquitos. It also gave way to summer temperatures around the 30 plus degree mark . July in April... too soon.
|April showers show off the newly whitewashed security wall (miray), |
a surprise by staff for our visitor.
|Our gutter was clogged ... a haven for mosquitos.|
Lakay Jasmine in Sen Rafayel welcomed new staff member Elanie, a former student who will return to school in the fall to complete Philo. She fit in like an old pair of shoes - comfortable and familiar.
|Welcome Elanie, newest staff member. Here she prepares kasav, a flatbread.|
We have it made in Cap-Haitien and truck it up weekly.
Our clinic, run by Nurse Gaby is open on Thursdays but Gaby is on site the rest of the week working with our senior students getting them ready to write State National exams in July. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, much of Gaby's job is education. The kids are comfortable with him and trust him. I'll be looking for Malaria testing equipment in June. We don't need a full lab but that will help.
|If there is a medical emergency, Gaby is on site|
5 days a week. Here some Gr 9 students prep for exams.
At Lakay Fondasyon in Cap-Haitien, similar activities. We are on the look out for another staff member as the staff are stretched very thin, especially when I am out of the country.
|Coordinator Lusnot goes over a report card|
with Stephen, setting up weekend study sessions.
|Dieugrand works with high school students Celine and Melane on a|
homework assignment. Computers are becominga must at all grade levels.
|Lusnot works with 2nd year nursing student Myriame.|
The clinic in Sen Rafayel is proving to be an asset. With no nurse in Cap-Haitien, we deal with emergencies as best we can and staff are becoming adept at first aid. Fatia and 4 year old sister Maniella were injured when an allegedly drunken driver slammed his gravel truck into a taptap. We sent them to Milot hospital next day. All soft tissue damage. We had applied ice and Arnica cream and tablets. They are still stiff but getting there.
|Joceline and Senkyeme look after Inea post dental surgery.|
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|Fritzman - new glasses, headaches gone|