Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Birthday Boy


Our birthday boy.

Jonathan was one-year-old on Friday, 21st.  We had a 'ti fet' to celebrate.   He was so cute.  All the attention was on him and he loved it and he performed beautifully for us.
Okay I 'm one so let's celebrate

Mariah wishing Jonathan a happy birthday

Moise and Ti Luc with Jonathan

Roseline and Jonathan at his party

After opening his gift and enjoying his little cars, trucks and ball, he decided to sit on, and try to ride, a little trike that is too big for him.  He had fun anyway with his toys in the back and his new outfits sitting on the handlebars.  When I next get to St. Marc or Port-au-Prince I plan to purchase a smaller trike for him with funds donated for his birthday.
What is in this gtift bag I wonder

Jonathan on bike carring around his loot

His birthday was Friday and yesterday, Sunday, he started walking. He was so proud of himself.  He came from a bath and with the freedom of no diaper or clothes he decided to walk around.  Such joy on his little face.
Such joy because he just started walking
Today, day two of the walking experience, he is still quite proud of himself.  Soon we will likely see him and Sandra walking hand in hand across the compound and standing outside calling "Mama, Mama".    It used to be Karena and Jofky.  Then Anne joined the mix and I had the three cute muskateers.  Now soon Jonathan and Sandra will come looking for their mama.
Second day of walking.
Thank you for the support for Jonathan, and the other children, during the past year.  It is easy to see when here, and even in photos, they are being well cared for.   I greatly appreciate all you do for the children in our care.

IT  IS  ALL  ABOUT  THE  CHILDREN

Karen and kids

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Visit by fellow Canadians.

On Sunday morning during our little church service four vehicles pulled up outside the mission with Canadians who are presently attached to the Embassy in Port-au-Prince. We are very thankful to Ed Cashman, Vice Consul, who had visited us before, for bringing the group to see us. They joined in our little service and then looked around the mission - both school and main compound. It is always a pleasure to have visits like this.

Sunday morning visit by Canadians who work at Embassy in Port
Embassy group leaving HATS

Speaking of the Sunday morning service - Jonathan really likes to be in my arms Sunday mornings. Most Sundays he falls asleep and then I lie him on a blanket on the floor where he stays peacefully asleep. Last Sunday, however, Jonathan was not willing to leave his mama's arms even when asleep. After three attemps to lay him down when he was already asleep he awoke and cried to stay in my arms. Finally I decided he was sound asleep enough for me to lay him down and leave. Not! I ended up sitting on the floor with Jonanthan and he attached himself to me. He was not going to let me leave. No matter the position - as long as he was with Mama Karen he would sleep.

Jonathan not willing to let Mama go even to sleep.

Our kids continue to do some work around the compound, with shovels and wheelbarrow, on rock removal in preparation and in hope of us finding topsoil and grass seed.

Kids working in yard.

The kids have also been helpful in transporting textbooks from the school office to this admin building/my house, so I can sort them with all the recently purchased new ones. Luckner did the textbook purchasing in St. Marc and returned with the truck filled with boxes. Ti Luc was determined to do his share to help. He managed to climb into the pan of the truck and actually pushed some boxes forward so others could carry them inside.

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Ti Luc pushing the box of textbooks to Papa

Now it is my turn. I need to organize all the books into various grades, see how many others we need to purchase, prepare a package of textbooks for all students, who have a sponsor, in each class with their name and grade visible. Since I have a team from Canada arriving Saturday evening and school opens Monday morning, I may use a couple of the team members to help me distribute the packages of textbooks to the sponsored students next week.

Now to organize by grade and see how many more we need

Speaking of sponsored students - those of you who are new sponsors should hear from me shortly after school opens with the name and grade of your student. Then later on all sponsors will receive a photo and a letter from your student. We still need sponsors for students this year - both in elementary and secondary. If you would like to help a child receive an education we would love to hear from you.

Mariah continues to be a big help even though she needs to spend valuable time on her school course as well. She is an asset to the housemothers as well as myself. The children love spending time with her - the little ones like to climb on her for transportation around the compound.

Giddiup horsey!!
Karen being a goof with the kid's trinkets

Thank you everyone for your continued encouragement, friendship, love and various means of support. Nothing could be done here without all of you. Nothing. I am unable to express how thankful I truly am to the Lord and to all of you.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN

Karen and children

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sorry,

but I think I forgot the paragraph about the work at the school.

The construction work at the school is ongoing but almost finished. The walls and floors inside and outside the classrooms have been finished.

Cement work finished on elem school section - floor and walls inside and out

The new kitchen in now in need of plumbing, a door, and hopefully propane burners for cooking this year.

New school kitchen

We have built a wall - close to the toilets - to separate it from the rest of the school. Some year, some group will hopefully raise funds to purchase paint for the school buildings and come help us paint it. One step at a time.

Wall close to toilets to separate from rest of school

***Important message***


The lady, whose daughter had died, that I wrote about on the blog today has been found.

Luckner had organized search parties to go in several different directions from the area where she had left the moto taxi. At the same time he was keeping the community informed and seeking prayer support through Radio Creole. He had a good response of help offered through the radio requests and now we are happy to say it has been a success.

Her husband and family members are enroute to be reunited with her as I write this and to bring her home.

Thank you for your prayers. I ask for continued prayer support for her and her family as they work through the grief and intense emotional pain.

God bless you.
Karen

Hello from all of us at HATS-Haiti Mission

The children are all well for which we thank God. It is not often that all are well - no colds, no fevers. I, Karen, am thoroughly enjoying this healthy period.

Since the last blog we took Lucie to the airport in Port au Prince and saw her off. The day before leaving for home Lucie and Mariah worked very hard in the children's home. See for yourselves.

Mariah hard at work in Kid's Home
Lucie hard at work too.

While here Lucie had a chance to experience seeing a child dedicated to the Lord (baptem). It was a little boy, Ronel, who lives next door to Luckner. Rose-Lore was the godmother and our own Vladimy was godfather.

Lucie experienced a baptism 'dedication' of a little boy.
Dedication of Ronel.  Vladimy as godfather and Rose-Lore as godmother.

When we arrived at the airport Mariah and I took our passports and I talked our way into the airport to be sure we saw Lucie checked in and through Immigration and security before leaving her. The airport area, since the earthquake, is very small and very hectic and neither Mariah or I would let her try to handle it by herself. (Airport repairs has been underway for a few months now.) We left the mission very early morning and enroute the girls took advantage of some extra shut eye.

Early morning ride to airport to see Lucie off

Ti Luc had to go with us that day as one of the government departments that deal with adoptions wanted to see him. Too, I needed to sign some forms about the adoption at a different branch of the government. We had to drive a fair distance from one office to another. Fun and games. We now have a different person handling the adoption process and once again I have some hope. I won't be able to take a short break this fall with Ti Luc but hopefully by November or December I will have a passport and visa for him. A long hot day to Port au Prince - 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m is not an easy event with Ti Luc. On the way back he snuggled up to his Mariah and did what the girls did on the drive in.

After a long hot day in PAP a young man needs his rest

Speaking of Ti Luc - yesterday morning for church he wanted to wear new pants Papa Luckner had made for him. He was quite proud of how he looked in them and asked me to take a photo so people in Canada who love him could see how good he looked. Too funny! He knows there are a lot of people who have come here who continually ask about him and send him love.

Ti Luc modeling new pants Papa Luckner had made for him

Our kids are loving the bike riding. Jonathan still loves to sit in the basket of Ti Luc's bike. One day, however, he cried to go on the little trike with Sandra. Neither Sandra or Jonathan are capable of riding it but seeing them both trying to do so made a lovely photo.

Sandra and Jonathan - both too little to ride the bike but determined they are.

Sandra also loves to be a little helper for the house mothers in the kitchen. Whatever they do she tries to do also. Wonder how long that will last.

Sandra helping Roselene clean corrnmeal for breakfast

I want to share something very sad that has happened in this area and got a lot worse this morning. Recently a 14 year-old girl, who had just passed the governmental exams and was about to start Grade 7 died. She had a fever for a day. The next day she went to hospital dispensary and was sent home with meds to reduce the fever. Her mother wanted her seen by a doctor but it did not happen. That night she got worse and they went to the hospital itself where she died early in the morning. She had not been ill at all until the fever hit. This family lives in the same yard as one of our house mothers, Yolene.

This morning the funeral was to be held. The casket was at the church and the girls mother, naturally very distraught, was there with it. People were arriving for the service. The mother left the church, jumped on a moto taxi outside and left the area before she could be stopped. The moto driver did not know who she was. She had him drive very fast to a place past Verrettes. Then she wanted to go into the mountains. He sensed a problem and refused to go further. She left running/walking way from him.

Luckner, at Radio Creole, has been getting the message out to the community to organize groups to search for her, to pray, and is keeping us up-to-date. Her husband and other child are frantic. They have had a double whammy today. Please pray for the lady to be found unharmed and pray for the remaining family members. Thank you.

Thank you for the ongoing prayer and other support you provide for this mission and the work we do in the community. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN.

God bless you all. Karen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Hello everyone. Mariah here.

Having such a great time with the staff, the kids and of course Karen (grandma) . Today was a pretty eventful day. This morning I sorted Jofky’s, Dieunel and Judel’s clothes and turns out there was a lot they could give to other kids outside H.A.T.S.

On floor of Kid's Home - 2 sleeping beauties

Karen was getting ready to take me, Yolene and Lucie to the market. Turned out there was a flat tire on the truck. So Karen called Luckner and he sent over someone to fix the flat tire. During that time I helped Ti Luc with his breakfast. He was being such a silly goose. Earlier this week Ti Luc had removed training wheels from the younger kids bike. He used the tools and did it by himself.

Ti Luc removed the training wheels off bike for Judel and Dieunel by himself

Earlier that morning grandma had given Ti Luc a 25 cents Canadian. Ti Luc was happily playing with it and taking the pleasure into throwing the quarter at me. He also hid it and I tried to take it away. We just had a blast.As soon as Ti Luc was fed, Lucie , Yolene and I followed grandma out the door to the truck. We were on our way!

Mariah & Lucie ready to take on the market with Yolene.

The market was crowded as usual and it stunk and people were busy lifting bags, calling moto, rearranging their produce, buying and haggling over prices. Grandma was too busy to stay so we had Yolene go with us. Grandma tried to get some quick pictures before we were hidden in the sea of people. I bought some groceries for the house and fruit as well . I yelled out different produce and merchandise that Lucie has not seen before. I also just yelled at her to watch out most of the time, but it was fun being at the market again.

Heading up road to market #2

Note: Karen here. It is good to have Mariah's help once again. It is needed and I am very thankful. I want to thank those who donated for Mariah's return trip to help me. Too, I am pleased to let you know that sufficient funds have come in to cover her expenses. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. May the blessing be returned to you.

(Lucie):

Hey everyone!!

I’m having a great time in Haiti. This is an awesome experience. I never thought I would ever have the chance to come here and help them like I always wanted to do!!

Today was a pretty busy day while Mariah was doing her things I was taking care of the kids… I really appreciate Haiti it’s an amazing place all the kids are so amazing and smart and CUTE!!!!! I just love them a lot.

Jonathan
Sandra and Judel

Today we also went to the market, it was amazingly crowded. I didn’t really enjoy it because everybody was yelling at me and pushing me, being rude, but Mariah told me it was a normal thing so I just got along with it…

Today we also had a huge storm with A LOT of rain!!!! If you ever have the chance to go there just take it!!! At first it’s a little surprising but you will get used to it and you will love it the way they talk, they live, they dress EVERYTHING!!!!

Showering in heavy rain
In Canada you shovel snow.  Here my kids shovel water.

I just saw a huge tarantula, it is totally disgusting but they told me it’s certainly not the biggest one they saw.

Lucie's tarantula

When you’ve seen all the kids and how lovely is everybody you will never wanna go back home. It’s the greatest experience in my life and if I ever have the chance to go again I wouldn’t miss it.

Ps: Karen (Mariah’s grandma) thank you for everything you did for me. You’re amazing. I love you!!!!!

Karen here.
I can't let this go without saying in our church service this morning two lovely young ladies sang a duet - and in Creole yet. Certainly no problem for Mariah but Lucie has only been here a few days but was willing to do it. Next Sunday we will be able to once again have our service at the school. Due to the cement work being done there we lost access to it for a couple of weeks.

Duet, sang in Creole, in church this morning

Thanks again everyone. May God richly bless all of you.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN.