As you might have noticed from the closing of the last post, today started early at 6:30.
We spent a good amount of time moving and organizing donations before the day’s heat set-in. Cathy and Art, who worked the night shift in the church, received a reprieve from some of the heavy lifting as they were definitely tired! Apparently the roosters like to sit outside the open-air windows and crow during the night. Every fifteen minutes!!!!
We then ate breakfast, met with the staff and shared some thoughts. A devotional was held and we closed with a prayer. Art and Cathy went off to freshen up. Drew and Denise went back to the one-room clinic. Kim has morning duty with Dawn at the Church and Adam is still trying to get the internet up at running for the staff. The internet is the staff’s main source of communication with, friends, family and the outside world. However, it has been down for over a week. These blog posts are going through Adam’s phone!
Later in the day Kim and Art braved the heat of the store room to empty the remaining eleven duffels. Cathy and Denise helped prepare dinner with Sonya, a volunteer from South Carolina.
In terms of the work that we are doing there are two paths we are following. One path, as you have seen, is that we are engaged in the day-to-day hands-on work of caring for the kids, assisting with food prep, storing and organizing donations, ETC.
The other path we are following is more long term. We are taking opportunities to meet with the school staff, clinic staff and their management teams to see what we can do to impact on a longer term. These would be ideas for possible projects that can be done while back home… with your help…..
Some ideas that we are discussing include:
- Initiating an immunization program through the Minister of Health
- Understanding what we can do to further support their church and their ministry
- Developing a support team to raise funds for school supplies
- Investigating a stipend fund for supporting another full-time staff member
- Investigating a way of updating and integrating their network and computer systems
- Further support for their larger clinic construction
- Further support for the Hospital of Hope
- Assisting with the building and supplying of a new orphanage house (so they kids can move out of the church)
We have mentioned a few times that we see an ample need here to assist with the work that Danita’s team is delivering. With their progress, new opportunities open up to expand their works. You will notice in the photos on this blog that there is a massive difference between the kids who have access to Danita’s facility and those who do not.
We feel the opportunities listed above expand the list of services available as well as extend the present services to other destitute children in Ouanaminthe. While the word ‘destitute’ may seem dramatic, no member of this team has ever seen such abject poverty before. The fact that it lands at the doorstep of children is crushing to us all and inspires us to work harder. The fact that we see smiles on faces is humbling. It offers us both perspective and gratitude to be able to help in some small way.
The ideas listed above are just ideas. Ones that we have thought of over the past few days. We are also looking for any ideas that you might have, or if you are interested in working on some of the one’s above.
Don’t forget to check out our photos (at the bottom of the home page)to see your friends in action!
Also, please sign in to the guest book and continue to leave us comments. They are really great, warm our hearts and give us strength!! Let us know that you are out there! A special shout out to Dawn’s Daughter, Kate for her post. Nothing like a child telling her mom that they are proud of her. It brought a big smile to all our faces!!!