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Theard, Carrie, Jennifer, Santos

First Letter from Santos 2/28/2010:

Dear midwives:

Today it’s the best time of my life. And I’m so proud, happy, grateful to take this opportunity to write you this little letter. Even though, I haven’t enough words and expressions to write you a best letter, but I hope you could understand it. In fact, the main object to this letter is it’s very important for me to tell you, when you come in Haiti it’s great opportunity for the pregnant moms and the baby’s for keeping on to live cause you are a helping hand, so you save many lives, and rescue many people after the earthquake in Haiti. I saw you take all your patience to help them. I so surprised to meet a team like that, because you work all the days and all the nights, you made the clinic mobile everywhere, you give birth with many pregnants at the hospital St. Therese. You feed the baby’s and family’s every day. Midwives, especially Jennifer, Patricia, Carrie Kaellia. Thank you so much your job you realized in Haiti. So I have many words to share with you but I haven’t enough time to write you a lot. I hope when you get back next time in Haiti I will share you more things. You are the best team.

Your translator,

Santo Choute

Email from Santos:

Hi

This is a pleasure for me the translator who worked with you last week in hinche inside of midwives programs. First of all I would like to greet  you and your family ,ask to you  how things are running  for you in usa. So the baby’s mother that you gave birth and I ,we are really thankful for your support  during  ten days you passed in Haiti.

In fact , since you left Haiti I couldn’t  stop to dream of you , cause  you helped me to get more love into my heart for the translation job. one more time thank you for your hospitality,love , charity, wisdom and faithfulness you have shared to me during your presence  in Haiti,not only for me so the patients at the st therese hospital too.In more each night you used to share breads with peanut butter ,juice,candies,supplies,medecines and so on.to the patients ,this morning,I went to hospital to meet someone,I got in delivery room the pregnants left asked me where are you ? It was so sad to answer them you’re not in Haiti anymore

Finally,I was sorry for the first letter ,cause it didn’t  correct  yet and I’m looking forward reading from you next time into inbox. Please could you send kailia’s e-mail for me by mine.

Your translator  Santo Choute

Email from Theard:

Hi, Dear Jennifer, thanks to you all who worked to save women and baby’s life in Haiti and thank you also for coming and seeing patients in our village. You see that we have a lot to do. Please keep us in your prayers, so we can reach our goals.

Theard

For those who would like to see all the photo’s we took in Haiti:

www.flickr.com/photos/48282664@N08/

Twins with their baby doll tennis shoes

While in Haiti we saw children get very creative about what they would use as toys. The kids at the orphanage would play a game of soccer with a shoe until I tossed them a ball (I deflated 6 balls that I brought to Haiti). A smart boy at the orphanage made a spin top toy out of trash. A little boy in Joseph’s village had a toy made out of a plastic lid, a stick, and a corncob. He would hold the stick and push the lid along like a wheel. The one that melted my heart were the twin girls, each cradling a large old tennis shoe, which was their baby doll. They lovingly cared for their “baby’s” everywhere they followed us that day. Lastly, I posted a picture of a little boy with new underwear and a matchbox car we brought.

Corncob lid toy

Spin top toy made of trash

New underwear and toy

Beautiful girls

I’m home! Spent yesterday holding my babies (mostly the 19 month old and 3 year old, though my 6 and 9 year old wanted a bit of holding time as well). They did so well while I was gone (I guess their little worlds don’t revolve around just me, who knew?). I think Daddy enjoyed all the needy attention while I was gone. They are a bit clingy today and insist on going everywhere with me (even on the smallest errand).

I am having a bit of culture shock after being in Haiti for 10 days. Too much of everything here. There is atually water that comes out of the tap when I turn it on, and guess what? It’s drinkable! A grocery store? And the shelves have food on them! Mind boggling….

I’m downloading photo’s and should have them up by Saturday. Will also try to fill in my blog with missing days and unfinished stories. Came home to a sick 19 month old who wants held constantly, so it may take a few days. 🙂

We started a 501c3 today called Mama Baby International, with the current business called Mama Baby Haiti. Fernando is working on the website today. There is a sense of urgency to get the birth center in Haiti up and running. Our goal date for opening is May 1st. The name of the birth center in Hinche will be Maternite Fanm Saj.

I miss Haiti and look forward to going back. Fernando and I plan on taking all the children for the month of December so we can spend Christmas away from all the commercialism and help the children focus on others. Patricia plans to take her family for a month as well, hopefully this summer. If at all possible, I encourage everyone to go and spend some time in service there. It will move you.

My trip to Haiti is one of the most life changing, memorable, beautiful things I have done.

A child in Joseph's village

Waiting for our plane here at Haiti Airport.  An aftershock rumbled and about 200 people jumped up and ran for the door.  There was a lot of yelling.  I sit here wondering what happened.  I thought it was just an airplane landing and shaking the ground.  Everyone is on edge here about another earthquake happening.  People still refuse to sleep inside.  At Heartline Ministries hospital yesterday, all the patients were outside under tarps.  The inside is empty of Haitians.  It reminded me of the orphans in Hinche who came from Port Au Prince.  They were still sleeping outside when we left.