DAY NINE

Posted: January 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
3:40 PM

It has been a busy day and I am now taking a break to spend some time at the computer.  I this morning and the afternoon did two inner city runs with our group truck to bring people into our clinic.  I still am amazed and bewildered at the condition of the people nine days after the earthquake.  People are coming to us with limbs broken, with major cuts not stitched and big time infections. 

We are so blessed to have a group of caring volunteers that are with us to help the Haitians during this terrible time.  We have about 14 medical people with us and more coming on Friday.  We have started to have some leave as three left today.  We are working to be sure that we have no gaps as we have some leaving and some coming.  The Heartline workers have been great.

I CAN’T SAY ‘THANK YOU" ENOUGH ABOUT YOUR GENEROSITY IN HELPING US PURCHASE THE GROUP TRUCK.  We are using it to transport sick and injured people from inner city slum areas to our clinic. 

PUTTING THE INJURED IN THE GROUP TRUCK TO TRANSPORT THEM TO OUR CLINIC

WE ARE SEEING TENT CITIES EXCEPT SHEETS AND OLD CLOTHING ARE BEING USED INSTEAD. 
One such tent city must have several thousand tents in it.  Some people are there because they have lost their homes or their homes aren’t safe or they may be afraid to enter their homes for fear that a aftershock may occur and they will be killed or injured.

Our Boys’ House now has about 15 people staying at it as they are still being cared for but we need the space in the clinic.  Most of the people have been sleeping outside as they are afraid to be inside.  Well today while I was transporting people from the clinic to the Boys’ House I saw a rolled up tent that someone dropped off for us.  We will get it up today for the people who are afraid to sleep inside.

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I have to go to start transporting people.  I hope to be back later tonight.

John

9:53 PM

Just got home a few minutes ago.  Each day is long and we arrive home tired but a good kind of tired in that it is because we are out there making a difference in people’s lives.

We especially struggle with trying to be in many places at the same time. 
Tomorrow for example, not counting the unexpected we need to:

  • Get to the clinic by 7:00 AM to examine the patients
  • Be at the airport at 7:00 AM to pick up two doctors and supplies coming in
  • Be back to the clinic by about 9:00 AM with the first truck load of injured people.
  •  At some time be in a  town about 30 minutes from us to pick up 250 gallons of diesel
  • At some point be at a warehouse downtown to pick up boxes of food from Feed the Hungry Children to use and give out.
  • Be at an orphanage several miles away to verify that it has been destroyed and that the children have no food and then to bring them some boxes of the Feed the Starving Children Food.
  • Do another pick up of injured people (Just had a pretty good size after shock) and bring them to the clinic
  • Be at the airport at 12:30 to pick up  four medical people and supplies
  • Several times a day transport people from the clinic to the Boys’ House where we have people in recovery
  • Do another pick up in the group truck to bring injured people to the clinic
  • Bring back to the inner city those that have been treated and released.  Sometimes they can go in the group truck when we go to pick up injured people.
  • Be at the American Consulate to try to get the travel documents for all our kids
  • Go (we hope) to the airport to drop off all our Maranatha  kids who we hope will be leaving and the several adult escorts.
  • Do a final transport to the Boys’ House and one to the inner city area.

We do this with the group truck and two pick up trucks and sometimes a couple of other vehicles.

And then of course there is the work of the medical people which is quite remarkable.  They are an super group of people.

John

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Comments
  1. Stan says:

    John, Ricot and Mandy Leon, one of Bill and Marlene Burch\’s boys who has returned to Haiti as a missionary, left his truck at Lattaillades and as you can see from the picture it is crushed. Without a vehicle he doesn\’t think he should go out to Port Salut where they have just moved. Pat had taken them to the airport the day before the earthquake. He is in the DR wondering what to do, staying in a Hotel. He is coming in on Sat. to see what\’s what but would work with you or someone with translating or how ever he could help. His phone number is# 809 333 6890 ext 205. He will get this website tomorrow when he get\’s to the cyber cafe.

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