Wednesday, February 29, 2012
First, Congratulations to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) for celebrating 25 years of service in Haiti!!!
They are wonderful to work with and always eager to help where they can.
Second, I saw this video on cholera (public health education video) and was really impressed. This will be translated into Creole. I think this could be very valuable as a teaching tool throughout Pestel....Does anyone have any ideas on how the workers might be able to show this to the communities in a relatively inexpensive manner?
(Video caution: cholera is a bacteria that causes vomiting and diarrhea. The video 'delicately' portrays this, but even still....it's more graphic than we are used to)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I just learned that my sabbatical proposal was accepted!! That's fantastic news. This will allow me to spend July 15, 2012 - June 15, 2012 working on global health skills and projects in a way that should put me in a better position by the end.
Thanks for your prayers and thoughts and advice.
Just got an update from Sister Fidelis from Pestel and I've included some excerpts here (as well as a photo that includes Sister Fidelis translating while Johnny Zook demonstrates how to make charcoal briquettes with his Char-Rocket stove):
Sarah Allyn R.N. has volunteered for five months with us ending March 27. She is helping in our clinic,
making health presentations in the villages, sharpening our record-keeping, making valuable suggestions
for the future of health care here, and teaching English to the medical staff and our KPA leadership
team. In January Sarah participated with us in a new tradition, a thank you party for KPA members and
village health monitors, on the seventh anniversary of KPA's founding.
SFH GUEST HOUSE: After completion of a road to our property, construction began on September 12.
Walls started going up on October 4. The first floor roof was completed on December 17. Now the
masons are finishing the interior walls and ceilings, and the carpenters are fitting windows and doors.
The exterior and the second floor still remain unfinished. We are hoping for a fall dedication.
NEW PROJECTS: We have procured a rental house for our blossoming sewing project. Machines are
being serviced, and shortly staff will be chosen and students and artisans will be enrolled. We expect a
Our agriculture program is concentrating on the growing of peanuts this year. In Heifer-style they will
be passing forward the peanuts they received for planting plus five extra cans to be made into peanut
butter for malnourished children in the area.
Our midwife program has begun very successfully. Through it we are giving special training to 23 local
midwives who in turn are encouraging pregnant mothers to receive pre and post-natal care with their
babies. The midwives meet monthly and receive birthing kits to aid them in their ministry.
CONNECTIONS: One hundred and four five-gallon buckets sent by Little Flower Parish of Toledo along
with medicines and other gifts arrived here recently. The buckets were filled with food and supplies for
school, babies, and cleaning. They are a gift to St. Joseph's Parish in Pestel and will be distributed shortly
by the pastor.
The parishioners and students of St. Rose de Lima in Perrysburg have begun a twinning relationship with
our chapel and school in Ferrier.
PERSONALS: On Thanksgiving weekend Jo, Eleanor, Sarah and I took a short vacation. Staying in Pestel,
we visited the beach one day and our Canadian Franciscan friends in Corail the next.
Since September Sr. Jo and I have been leading Sunday chapel services in our village. We are considering
the pastors' request this week that I become the official director of the chapel with Jo continuing her
weekly preaching. We are also giving a presentation on mandalas at a youth camp this month.
P.S. Elange Cadet, the paralyzed 40 year old mother of nine, has been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and
is being treated at home by our medical staff. We are looking for funds for her and to help her husband establish a small business to support the family.
Sister Fidelis Rubbo
February 8, 2012
Thriving Villages website
Thriving Villages blog
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I got a lot of enthusiastic responses back about the guest house being built on Sister Fidelis & Jo's property in Pestel (village of Ferye)! I'll be eager to see it in person.
My next trip to Haiti will be at the end of May. Right now the APPAS (health) workers are involved in the Anemia Campaign. We were able to promote several of them to Community Health Worker II status (which is our own designation, but provides them with a bit more pay and responsibility to help with training of new workers).
Over the past month or so a coalition of groups/individuals went out to Pestel in response to an emergency appeal regarding cholera. This was quite an impressive response and we're incredibly grateful for the heart and dedication of so many! You can read more about it a couple of places:
The long-term solution to cholera is Clean Water and good sanitary practices. And to that end we're developing a Water Plus+ plan, as I've mentioned previously, to provide wells throughout Pestel. My hope is that if my sabbatical proposal is approved (I should hear back in March) I will be able to spend a good amount of time putting this huge project into gear.
And finally, how about this ends with a photo of Sister Jo with a couple of cute kids! Thanks as always to Steve Miller for his wonderful photos!! (http://stevemillerphotography.blogspot.com/)