See this little girl with the huge brown eyes? This is B. We met her at the Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center when we visited in January 2019. She is a very happy little girl who loves to play. She bonded with me and my husband when we were there, and if there was a way we could have brought her home with us, we would have. I still get teary eyed thinking about her because I miss her so much. We’ve heard that she has since found a foster family situation in the village. Praise God!
At our worship service, we will be praying for kids like B. Real Hope for Haiti makes a huge impact in their location in the village of Cazale, and also for the surrounding region. RHFH runs a medical clinic that is the only one for miles around. Patients would walk all day to get there and sleep at the front entrance so they could be first in line when it opened, then they would spend all day walking back to their home. In addition to healthcare services, the clinic offers nutritional support. This is from the RHFH website:
It is RHFH’s desire that any work we accomplish to meet individual medical needs will allow us the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The clinic is an outpatient clinic in rural Haiti that is operated by Real Hope for Haiti. It provides a variety of medical services to the surrounding communities. These services include, but are not limited to, health care education, preventative medicine, prenatal care, primary care (including treatment of infectious diseases, hypertension, diabetes, malnutrition, etc.), limited emergency services, minor surgeries, wound care, as well as limited lab services. The clinic also dispenses medicines required for the treatment of the illness that is presented.
For more severe cases of malnutrition, children may be admitted into the Rescue Center. Here’s a description from the RHFH website:
The Rescue Center is a facility provided primarily for young children who are treated in the clinic and diagnosed as having severe malnutrition with complications. After the clinic nurses treat the patient and educate the parents/guardians on malnutrition, a decision is made with the parents/guardians of the malnourished child as to whether to admit them to the RC, which is an extended care, inpatient facility. The RC is a place where these severely malnourished children receive 24 hour medical care and a regimented diet until they are a proper weight and healthy enough to return home.
This is where we came into the picture as missionaries. Our job was to love on the children there. Some of them were very ill; some don’t make it. In fact, one little girl passed away the week we were there. I was blessed to have gotten to hold her in my arms the night we arrived. But we also saw many, many children get better and get to go home to their families.
Although we hope to return to Cazale in January, our group may not be able to go because of the political situation in Haiti. Protestors are calling for the resignation of the president of Haiti and are acting out in violent ways in many areas. Much of the country is paralyzed and many people are unable to make a living, get food and medicine, or get fuel to travel.
But even if we are unable to go, we will still send money. Will you join us in praying or donating if you are able?
How you can help:
- PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY SOME MORE.
- Buy some of our fundraising items: metal art, Christmas ornaments, coffee, chocolate, and yogurt pretzels. All the proceeds go to the Haitians who made them, and a portion goes to offset our travel and the supplies we will purchase.
- Come to our prayer & worship event on Sunday, Nov. 3 to pray with us and show support.