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October 2011 Newsletter

  

 

PRETTY AMAZING

 

I think we can all agree that times are tough everywhere. Between earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, wars and the economy it is too easy to forget to count your blessings.

 

However, as the crew off loaded not one but TWO (!!) containers of food at the FHL headquarters gates in August there were plenty of people counting blessings and cheering. Finally! The June and August donations from Feed My Starving Children had arrived.

 

Unfortunately, as of September 19 there are still the two older food containers trapped in a mire of Haitian bureaucracy—but, folks—we are counting the blessings we have because we finally have food in the warehouse for the poor, disabled, elderly hungry. That is good news indeed.

 

 

FREE MY FOOD !!

 

There are so many strange things about the shipments SeaRose did. One container was shipped directly to Cap Haitien, however; the other was sent “through” Port au Prince. For the last several newsletters we have lamented that it still sits on the dock, accumulating daily storage charges. Jim Mead, President of SeaRose, stopped answering e-mails and is not taking phone calls. He disconnected himself and left FHL hanging. Even Feed My Starving Children tried with no response. No one wants this donation lost either.

 

Sadly even though we finally have food to distribute, many of the elderly have not returned and we fear the worse. It is an awful feeling to know that people are relying on you when something like this happens. Everything is out of your control but many people could suffer or die.

 

 

Roseline has lost track of the number of documents the people in Port au Prince have requested . The latest was one called a Certificate of non objection. We have learned Cap Haitien doesn’t use them, Port au Prince wants it, but Cap won’t produce it for them. So that leaves it in a stand off. We are praying that is the last demand before determining the ransom price to free the food. Sandra Koche of Help for Haiti has been our angel in Port au Prince in working to free this food.

 

The bad news? As of when we go to print, it appears that it will require an additional $13,000 (or more) to free the container. The good news is that it will free two 40 foot containers of nutritionally balanced, dehydrated food packets.   A small investment to gain $130,000 worth of food for hungry people.

 

Moral of the story: Nothing is ever easy in Haiti.

 

FACELIFT

 

Sam Davis of Burn Advocates showed up with his team in August and they rolled up their sleeves and gave the clinic room a scrubbing and fresh coat of paint. There is nothing to lift the morale like a clean, bright room. Thanks guys!

 

 

One of the things Sam has promised for his November trip is another exam table. We have one good one from the January 2010 shipments when we were getting things through Royal Caribbean, but the matching one seemed to have gotten sidetracked and never made it. Hopefully Sam will be able to pull this off and we will then have two nice exam tables and hopefully (cross your fingers!) privacy curtains. The second table we have been using went down in a truck we shipped in the late 80’s. It is well used and in pretty sad shape after all these years.

 

MEMORIES

 

In clearing out old files I came across an e-mail that I would like to share with you, a wonderful sampling of encouragement.

 

“I have a story to tell you. I was visiting my dad at Manor Care the Nursing Home in Palm Harbor. One of the nursing aides was helping another woman at the table when I asked her where she was from. She had a distinct accent and I was curious. She said she was from Haiti. I asked her what part? She looked at me surprisingly and said, "people only know about our capital and I didn't live near there"

Did you live in the mountains on the other side? Yes, she said. Have you ever heard about "For Haiti With Love" a medical mission in the mountains? Oh yes, yes I have, I know of people who have benefited from them. They do a wonderful job of helping people, they do a lot of good. I remember seeing the children come from this mission with toys and full of laughter. You know the people cannot afford to give their children toys, never mind food & clothing. Our conversation went on for a while back and forth. There is more to share - I hope to share with our church family.

I told her that you were stationed here locally and that our church helps support the mission. It was very special to hear how much a local says that the mission makes such a difference. I have been blessed lately and I wanted to give a little extra other than through the church. I hope I can continue”

Notes like this are so very special.

 

ROOF/HQ PROJECT

Many of you have accepted the dollar-a-week challenge and we have received quite a few $52 checks, others are doing it in installments and sending $27. No matter how it comes, it is adding up and we are closer than as of the last newsletter!

Cost of the project is $32,000 minus $13,008.65 = remaining need of $18,991.35.

In the tropics we have to pick our time to complete the actual project. It’s always good to accomplish this project during the winter months when it gets down to 70º at night and maybe only 80º in the day. So keep those donations coming because the longer we wait the worse the problem.

 

ROSE-MARLENE

Of the 13 teenage orphans living with Roseline and Presume, Rose-Marlene stands out.   Not only is she a loving girl, but she is bright and determined.

 

 

When she joined them she already knew some basic English and was focused on improving those skills to the point of telling Roseline she would only communicate in English. Her grades in school reflect her desire for improving her plight in life. Then, this summer she signed up for a course in cosmetology to further one on her basic loves, working with hair and nails.

Her gift for this was already apparent with some of the hair styles Roseline came back to the states with as well as beautifully done finger and toe nails.

 

 

Having this basic start under her belt, her plans for the upcoming school year are to go to cosmetology school in the mornings and to high school in the afternoon so that by the time she graduates from high school she will also qualify for her government license in cosmetology. I am impressed and have offered to ask if anyone wants to help her with the $300 tuition. If not, I have committed to do this myself. I truly want to encourage this kind of drive and ambition. What a shining example of Haitian youth. The picture above is her summer graduating class. Thank you for your continuing support.                   GOD BLESS!

 

MEMORIALS

Sheila Dominquez

               In Memory of MILDRED MacNAMEE

Karen Jones

               In Loving Memory of NANCY HILDEBRANDT

Jean E Szikszay

               In Memory of my parents, ALEX and ELIZABETH

Dottie & Sam Ingram

Lois & Dick Hammer

               In Memory of GENEVIEVE KULAKOWSKI

Jeanne and John Cooper

               In Memory of MARY T. CHINERY

Frank & Sue Eliserio on behalf of family

               In Memory of BARBARA ELLEN EVANS

John Davis

               In Memory of EDITH POWER

              

 

              

 

HONORARIUMS

Barbara Hughes

               Honoring 86th Birthday of AUNT PAT

Suzelle and Dr Pierre Conzé

               Honoring TI SUZE & YVES for birthdays 

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Gifts to For Haiti with Love are deductible as charitable contributions. For Haiti with Love, inc. is a Florida not for profit and a 501(c)(3) corporation with IRS, allowing your gifts to qualify as charitable contributions. Year end tax statements are mailed by January 15. Our mailing list is confidential, we do not loan, sell or share!

 

Mission Field Worker: Roseline DeHart
Newsletter Editor: Eva DeHart

 

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