Both Jhiny and Christelle had successful surgery in January in St. Louis and are continuing their recuperation in Peoria.
A winter edition of the Haitian Hearts newsletter recently went out. If you'd like a copy mailed to you, please send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to send you one.
The home of one of our Haitian Hearts patients, Caleb, was destroyed by a tropical storm near the seaside town of Les Cayes late last year. Around this time, Caleb's father also suffered a stroke from which he is now recovering. Haitian Hearts sent Caleb's famil some money to rebuild their home.
In the last couple of months, there was a lot of press coverage of the mudpies that poor Haitians have to resort to eating if they want to put anything in their stomachs. Most people find this outrageous, as it is. A small group of people refuse to believe that this is really happening (it is hard to believe). Some even say that Haitians want to eat dirt, that it's some kind of cultural preference. On February 12, 2007, when my husband John was in Cite Soleil, he saw these mud pies and took the picture that accompanies this post. Haitians aren't eating these pies because they crave dirt; they're eating them because they crave food and there is none to be had.
We have frequent e-mail and phone contact with Haitians. It's a marvel of the world that some of the poorest people in the world, like Frandy who lives in a two room house on the side of a mountain in Carrefour, a slum suburb of Port-au-Prince, have access to the internet. If we can permeate the world with technology, why can't we permeate the world with food? By the way, Frandy is working very hard in school, an opportunity made available to him thanks to a scholarship from his generous host family in St. Louis. Frandy's goal is to attend college in the United States.
Thanks for checking in. Here are some topics I'll be writing about soon:
A 76-year-old's reactions to his first trip to Haiti.
Our search for hospitals to operate on two young women who have rheumatic heart disease.
A commendation that Haitian Hearts has received from the Haitian consulate in Chicago.
Why it's been a year since I've been to Haiti.
What we know about restaveks--child slaves who work for families in Haiti and the United States.