Haiti Blog Post 11
Haiti Blog Post 11- January 14, 2012
We have not had Internet for several days and this has been particularly hard on me. I need to be able to communicate with my family. Kellaura has been so encouraging and I am so thankful to have her here with me. I hope that we have access soon.
We had the opportunity to visit St. Vincent’s School and Home today. An American nun founded St. Vincent’s in the 1960’s. It is a school and home for disabled children. There are blind, deaf, and handicapped children that live there and go to school. Some are day students, some live far away so that must reside there, and some are orphans. They have a hospital on sight for physical therapy, orthopedics, and a clinic for children with clubfeet and cleft palates. The building and hospital were destroyed in the earthquake and they are currently residing in a temporary space.
Father Leon, the director and an Episcopal priest, showed us the drawings for the new building and hospital and they are so nice. They are waiting to find out when they can start fundraising the $4 million dollars necessary to build their new home. There is a long list of projects that the Diocese of Haiti needs to work on to rebuild and no one has been informed of who is next on the list after the Cathedral, Holy Trinity, is rebuilt. $4 million dollars seems like a small price tag to help these very deserving children. I wish I had the money to write them a check.
Kellaura and I both felt renewed after spending time at St. Vincent’s. It is another amazing example of the Episcopal Church and God at work in Haiti. I hope that my pictures will post on the blog, but if not please look for them on facebook.