Torrents of water wash through tent camps that are too steadily turning into tent cities (yesterday's Sacramento Bee tells stories too sad to repeat). In Haiti, the rainy season doesn't care that January's quake took the lives of so many, and left over a million and a half people homeless. The rain keeps coming...and we are going back for a third time since the quake, toting tarps, tents and slickers.
Needs are changing a bit, though the need for pledges remains steady.
Sanitation is a huge concern. One doctor told me that almost every woman he sees has a yeast infection. Antibiotics are running low as many medical teams leave and fewer and fewer teams come in with meds.
I am very pleased to say though, that Children's Hope received a donation of 15 thousand bottles of cleanser and sanitizer that just left to make their way from San Jose, CA to Port au Prince, Haiti, thanks to some very generous folks from LSC in San Diego. The community of Fort Bragg alone raised enough money to pay for half of the medicine we will carry. A kind hearted soul from Switzerland convinced his company to match funds for Children's Hope...boy scouts in Sacramento were seen at a local bank cashing in pennies that were traded in for a check to Children's Hope work in Haiti; four classes drew pictures and wrote letters to children trying to find a new life in tent cities. The Sacramento area has made us proud!
A little preview of this trip: Five of us will go. One member of our team this week is an amputee physical therapist, and we will be scouting out sites to donate amputee rehab services. We also have a connection with a child trafficking group based in Haiti with roots in Sacramento that we are teaming up with. We will hand carry medical supplies to 3Angels orphanage, Sopudep school, The Lamp clinic and its two satellite clinics, Matthew25 House and Rea Dol's tent city camps off of Delmas. Please watch for journals over the next three weeks for a follow-up on these projects. We never really know where these trips lead us...the stories change...the people never do - they constantly inspire us to aspire to their strength and resiliency.
Thank you for allowing us to continue to carry your support to Haiti.
Every team member pays their own way, and donates all their time (and heart and soul) into each trip...but we couldn't go, unless we had pledges to pay for medical and school needs, medicines and supplies. Thank you for always rising to the need.
This trip, as we sort through various donations, though...we still are completely lacking in children's vitamins, prenatal vitamins, children's tylenol and infant tylenol drops...adult tylenol and advil will also have to be purchased. If you haven't had the opportunity to pledge a donation in the past, or if you know a friend who has been looking for a way to help, please pass this email along.
We leave on Saturday, so any pledges we get in reply to this email, will be spent on the above items...please remember, though, if you pledge, please send a check to the address below. If you have collected any of the above items, you can bring them to the address below at any time.
Watch for more updates this week.
If you need to speak to me, please text me at the number below...my voice mail is too impacted to be useful, sorry.
peace, always and all ways, leisa
I have had a special request for condoms and pregnancy tests...if anyone has a source for those...they are desperately needed.
Leisa Faulkner, Executive Director
3025 A Cambridge Road
Cameron Park, CA 95682
Text me @ 916.801.4184
Email: childrenshope@ live.com