It was a nice walk hiking up to the hill top.
At the top you can look out to the bay.
Christ died for our sins and is risen again. The cross atop Morne Christophe is there for the families and friends of all those who died during the earthquake. Jesus is in heaven and will one day return. The cross is there for all to see. In Haiti there is no shame to be a Christian and the government does not ban the cross on public grounds. Pray for the countires in the world where it is illegal to place a cross on public property.
In the barren land the cross stands as a symbol of hope. Pray for Haiti and all those working to rebuild the country.
It was good that the visitors made the effort to hike up the hill of Morne Christophe.
A young boy who was bareoot watched us part way down the hill.
We spent time taking in the view from the top of Morne Christophe.
More visitors drove to the site.
The guys talked with the visitors (they didn't want to hike up the hill :) The foreigners below were a group from France.
Only Herode and Jefftay joined us atop Morne Christophe.
Some people who lost their homes to the earthquake have set up homes near the mass grave site. As you can see they are in the direct sun... no trees... and no shade.
We headed down the slope.
Deslie was accompanied for the hike down by a young friend :)
I hope that one day the government establishes a memorial here and have caretakers looking after the grounds. It will help people to never forget the ones who lost their lives during the earthquake.
Kimosabee can haul large loads! Here everyone is trying to find a spot in Kimosabee for our drive to bring food to the hospital.
This day they were bringing the hospital bags for the moms with the hydrocephalus babies.
Each mother received a bag which was packed for a male or female child with the appropriate size for their child.
We are thankful to all who made this possible.
The mothers were very happy with their gifts :)
So was Yvens :) He was the security guard for the bags.
With the food that is donated from Feed My Starving Children and distributed by Love A Child, we are able to provide a meal to the mothers of the hydrocephalus program at the hospital.
Sandra is carrying in a plate of food.
Joanna, wearing a pink shirt prepares the morning and evening meals on her own time. In exchange we help her pay 1/2 her rent each year.
Aldai, Rosquini and Yvens enjoy accompanying us to the hospital. It is good to see young people taking an interest in helping others.
This baby had ventriculoscopy surgery. With these types of surgeries the incision into the brain is made at the top of the head and there is no shunt put in.
Here is a happy hydrocephalus young boy. He sure is a charmer. He speaks well and made everyone laugh with his antics.
This is a cute baby girl. Her hydrocephalus is not too advanced. She will benefit well from a surgery. These children are eating and drinking and bright eyed one day after surgery usually when the ventriculoscopies are done. It is an amazing sight to see.
Driving around town lately we are greeted with traffic jams for road construction. Sidewalk work is going on everywhere! Here you can see some new sidewalks that were made in the Delmas 75 area. Delmas 83 is in the process of being paved. It will be great when it is done and will relieve some of the traffic on Delmas 75.
Benji and his mother live in the Jacmel area. He had surgery a year ago and the shunt got infected. The shunt had to be removed. He used to be a happy boy but the infection in his brain caused some brain damge. Now his mother struggles to provide for him. She has 5 other children at home. Benji has become malnourished because he can't eat properly. The mother struggles to provide for him. She asked me if I could find an orphanage for him.There just isn't people who take in hydrocephalus children. The ones who do are full and can take no more. Pray for Benji and his family. When she comes to Port-au-Prince we send some food back with her.
Medika Mamba is a mixture that is produced here in Haiti and that was developed by an American pediatrician. She has opened a factory here in Haiti to develop the product. The main ingredient is peanut butter, milk, vitamins, sugar. Malnutrition can be reversed quickly when children are put on a diet of this mixture. We had some packages of this and gave it to Benji and his mother.