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By Dr. Katie Wolf

After the earthquake in 2010, we received a very generous gift from Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin of what was fondly called the “Haiti Hut”.  It consisted of all the materials needed to construct a temporary wood shelter.  The church had sent several of these to mission organizations in Port-au-Prince and thought we might be able to use one up at our clinic site.  In the winter of 2012, a construction group from Elmbrook Church came down and constructed the Haiti Hut on a flat area of land next to our present clinic.  At the time they put it up, we weren’t exactly sure how it we would use it.  Over the next few months, though, it was used to house workers at the site, store various construction supplies, and serve as a place for nursing students to conduct interviews with our patients.  As of June it has become home to the masonry team that is doing all the rest of our construction.  There are 4 men sleeping in it at night, with another 3 sleeping in the clinic building next door.  They cook their meals under the trees over by the new clinic, bathe in the creek and get drinking water from the capped water source nearby.  We let them use coconuts and breadfruit (veritab) from the trees on the site and we occasionally bring gifts of mangoes from our yard in Jérémie.  If you’re thinking they have a pretty good deal going, you’re right!

Haiti Hut

Haiti Hut

The guys keep a pretty neat house!

The guys keep a pretty neat house!

Residents of the “dormitory”

Residents of the “dormitory”

 

 

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By Dr. Katie Wolf

During these past two weeks we saw great progress on our water and waste situation.  The walls of the septic tank were completed, after which the inside walls were sealed:

Sealing coat of stucco being put on the walls of the septic tank

Sealing coat of stucco being put on the walls of the septic tank

Then, the roof was framed and poured:

Pouring the roof

Pouring the roof

Completed roof of the septic tank with access holes in the top

Completed roof of the septic tank with access holes in the top

In addition, the hole was dug for our 4-room patient latrine.  After reaching a depth of 10 feet, a rock wall will be constructed to keep the walls from collapsing, after which it will be dug another 10 feet.

Patient latrine hole

Patient latrine hole

The site for building a water reservoir on the top of the hill above the clinic was also staked out this week.  A small foundation is being dug for that, after which walls and columns will be built.

Meanwhile, all the final stucco work on the inside of the pharmacy building was completed and the porch outside is now being worked on.

Stucco work on the porch of the pharmacy building

Stucco work on the porch of the pharmacy building

Thanks to your faithful prayers we are making great progress with our construction!

By Dr. Katie Wolf

A few months ago, Cherlie and I accompanied some visiting nursing students to the local Gatineau public school for a day of school screening exams.  We weighed and measured the height of each child, checked their blood pressure, listened to their hearts, gave them worm medicine and a month’s supply of multiple vitamins.  We also included the school teachers and they, along with the principal of the school, were thrilled.  It was our way of affirming and supporting public schools in our area and is something we hope to continue in the future.

Cherlie - School Screening

Cherlie – School Screening

Katie - School Screening

Katie – School Screening

By Dr. Katie Wolf

Young children who attended Vacation Bible School at my home church in NJ (Kingston Presbyterian Church) have collected toys over the past two years to give to our pediatric patients in the clinic.  Last year’s toys were shipped to us in a shipping container and this year’s gifts are waiting to be shipped from NY to Haiti in the next few months.  The young children who come to the clinic for care have been thrilled to receive these gifts, since most of them don’t have any toys or balls to play with at home.  Even the adults in the clinic smile with delight as they see the children playing with their new toys as they wait their turn for consultation.  The gifts help them to forget about their illness and the long wait in the hot waiting room!  Thanks to all the young children in NJ who contributed so generously to these little ones!

Thrilled with his gift!

Thrilled with his gift!

 

The past few weeks have been extremely busy for us in the clinic, as we strive to care for all who come to us for medical assistance.  Here is a gentleman with a fever, awaiting diagnosis and treatment recommendations:

Fever patient

Fever patient

This little girl wasn’t particularly sick, but she sure was cute:

Cute!

Cute!

Kivens Jean is a three year old who’s been our patient since before he was born!  We took care of his mother until her delivery and he’s been to see us in the clinic at least 10 times in his short life, due to his parents’ concern about his health and well being.  He’s one of our favorites, so when he’s sick and not smiling, like this, it makes us sad:

Kivens

Kivens

Our patients are thrilled to see our construction progress because they know it’s their prayers, along with yours, that have gotten us this far.  Please keep praying!

Construction at our clinic site is back in full swing again, after a lull that came after the roof of the pharmacy building was poured.  We’ve changed to a new construction team and they are working quickly to finish everything that needs to be completed for us to be a fully functional outpatient clinic.  Below are photos of construction events from the past few weeks:

Completion of the stucco work on 3 storage areas under the pharmacy building:

Storage Areas

Storage Areas

Stucco work is almost completed on the inside of the pharmacy building:

Inside stucco

Inside stucco

Placing Electrical

Placing Electrical

In spite of periodic breakdowns, our faithful dump truck and driver continue to bring materials up to the site:

Dump Truck Delivering Materials

Dump Truck Delivering Materials

While the masonry was being done in the pharmacy building, another crew was digging a hole for a large septic tank.  Here is the hole after a week of digging through rock and dirt:

Septic Tank Pit Finished

Septic Tank Pit Finished

Then, iron bars were laid to reinforce the floor, after which a concrete floor was poured:

Septic tank ironwork

Septic tank ironwork

Rock walls then went up and PVC pipes were put through the wall to allow for inflow of waste water into the tank:

Rock wall septic

Rock wall septic

Digging has also started on a 4-hole latrine for our patients:

Digging latrine

Digging latrine

Cherlie and I have entered into the construction arena as well, by beginning to paint the inside of the main clinic building.  It already was painted with a coat of primer paint, but now we’re painting with the real colors!  Here’s Cherlie showing how it’s supposed to be done:

Cherlie painting

Cherlie paintingPHOTO:  Cherlie painting

We’ve been joined in our efforts each Saturday but 3 local young men:

Young Men Paiinting

Young Men Painting

We’ve appreciated the help and they’ve been happy to learn a new skill!

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