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by Dr. Katie Wolf

The two week visit from Bob and Audrey Chase and Don Richmond from Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin came to an end this weekend with almost everything completed on the cabinetry for the clinic.  The team worked extremely hard, taking only one day off, and made thirteen round trips to the clinic site up in the mountains.  Most of the mornings were sunny, but there were frequent afternoon rains, so many of the trips down the mountain involved lots of slipping and sliding in the mud.  They were real troopers, though, and maintained their energy and enthusiasm right through to the end.  Much thanks to all three for their hard work, dedication and expertise on behalf of FHH and the Haitian people we serve.  And a special thanks goes to those who prayed them through each day.

Here are some highlights from their final week of work:

In addition to organizing all the desk, cabinet and drawer parts, Audrey varnished the drawers and shelves.  Here she is hard at work with her paint brush.

In addition to organizing all the desk, cabinet and drawer parts, Audrey varnished the drawers and shelves. Here she is hard at work with her paint brush.

The Medical Records/registration room has a window that is accessible from the outside and two large desks.  Patients will register here and get their charts at the beginning of the clinic day.

The Medical Records/registration room has a window that is accessible from the outside and two large desks. Patients will register here and get their charts at the beginning of the clinic day.

Each of the three staff offices will have a desk and wall cabinet above it.  Here is a nearly completed desk and cabinet.

Each of the three staff offices will have a desk and wall cabinet above it. Here is a nearly completed desk and cabinet.

Each of the 4 examination rooms has a sink with counter and a small writing desk in addition to a large cabinet that will be put up on the wall above the desk.  The Emergency Room/observation area will have these cabinets along the wall, covered with a counter top.  They’ll provide ample room for supplies to use in taking care of our ill patients.

Each of the 4 examination rooms has a sink with counter and a small writing desk in addition to a large cabinet that will be put up on the wall above the desk. The Emergency Room/observation area will have these cabinets along the wall, covered with a counter top. They’ll provide ample room for supplies to use in taking care of our ill patients.

Bob was busy putting finishing touches on the cabinets in his last few days of work.  He built the cabinets at his home workshop in Wisconsin, then took them apart to ship down to Haiti and put them back together down here.  Fortunately all the parts were numbered and Audrey made sure they all went in the right place!

Bob was busy putting finishing touches on the cabinets in his last few days of work. He built the cabinets at his home workshop in Wisconsin, then took them apart to ship down to Haiti and put them back together down here. Fortunately all the parts were numbered and Audrey made sure they all went in the right place!

Don Richmond helped with the sanding and varnishing in addition to getting to know our two young clinic workers Adrien (left) and Guy-Johns (right).  Both young men are from the area and have been willing helpers both in the clinic and in the construction work.  They helped us paint inside the new building in preparation for installation of the cabinets.

Don Richmond helped with the sanding and varnishing in addition to getting to know our two young clinic workers Adrien (left) and Guy-Johns (right). Both young men are from the area and have been willing helpers both in the clinic and in the construction work. They helped us paint inside the new building in preparation for installation of the cabinets.

On our final night together, Don presented Bob with a Haitian machete!  Here is Bob with his new gift.  Audrey doesn’t look like she trusts him with it!

On our final night together, Don presented Bob with a Haitian machete! Here is Bob with his new gift. Audrey doesn’t look like she trusts him with it!

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE CONSTRUCTION!

As the visitors were busy working on the clinic furnishings, the Haitian workers poured the roof of the outdoor patient latrine.  Here are some photos from September 16, 2013:

Pouring the latrine roof

Pouring the latrine roof

A small version of the “bucket brigade”

A small version of the “bucket brigade”.

Masonry foreman Mackenson stood on top of the clinic roof, supervising the roof pour and giving instructions to the workers below.

Masonry foreman Mackenson stood on top of the clinic roof, supervising the roof pour and giving instructions to the workers below.

This week the workers started laying blocks for the residence quarters, on the second floor of the lab/xray/pharmacy building.  This new phase of construction is a very exciting one for us because completion of the residence facility will allow us to stay up at the site and have the clinic open five days a week.  Thanks to all who have contributed to us financially so that this new step can be taken.

Before being able to lay the concrete blocks, they first needed to be transported up onto the roof.  First, they were brought one by one from the area where they were made up to the area in front of the lab/xray/pharmacy building

Before being able to lay the concrete blocks, they first needed to be transported up onto the roof. First, they were brought one by one from the area where they were made up to the area in front of the lab/xray/pharmacy building

Then, the blocks were handed up an assembly line on a ladder to the roof where they were cemented in place.

Then, the blocks were handed up an assembly line on a ladder to the roof where they were cemented in place.

 

Here are the masons laying block walls on the second floor residence quarters

Here are the masons laying block walls on the second floor residence quarters

Five rows of block are in place along the front of the building

Five rows of block are in place along the front of the building

Workers bringing mortar in buckets up to the roof where the blocks are being laid

Workers bringing mortar in buckets up to the roof where the blocks are being laid

 

View of the new walls going up after the first day of work

View of the new walls going up after the first day of work

As always, thank you for your prayers and encouragement for us and our Haitian workers.

By Dr. Katie Wolf

This past week, we have had the privilege of hosting Bob and Audrey Chase and Don Richmond from Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin.  Bob is an expert cabinetmaker who pre-fabricated cabinets for our clinic in his shop in New Berlin, WI last fall.  We shipped them down here in a shipping container being sent to Haiti by Food For The Poor, thanks to the intervention of Karl Ralian of Waukesha, WI.  The shipping container was delayed in being shipped to Haiti due to a backup of containers in the Haitian customs department last fall, so Bob was unable to come install the cabinets in February as originally scheduled.  We re-scheduled the visit for this month and Bob and his wife Audrey and Don Richmond are now hard at work putting the cabinets together and installing them in the clinic rooms that Cherlie and I (with some local helpers) recently painted.

The work is going very well, and the crew is being helped by several of the masonry workers who are up there building our reservoir and latrines.  Here are some photos from the week:

Audrey Chase and Don Richmond varnishing drawer pieces

Audrey Chase and Don Richmond varnishing drawer pieces

Varnished drawer pieces set out to dry in the sun on the front porch of the clinic

Varnished drawer pieces set out to dry in the sun on the front porch of the clinic

After helping to set up and organize the work site, Cherlie joined in to help the varnishing team

After helping to set up and organize the work site, Cherlie joined in to help the varnishing team

Bob sorting through all the pre-fabricated pieces of cabinetry that were shipped down

Bob sorting through all the pre-fabricated pieces of cabinetry that were shipped down

Bob holding up the first cabinet that was assembled on the site.

Bob holding up the first cabinet that was assembled on the site.

Bob and Audrey relaxing after the first day of work

Bob and Audrey relaxing after the first day of work

The team will be with us for two weeks.  Please continue to pray for their strength, perseverance and safety in this important work that they are doing for us.  Their dedication and diligence has been a blessing and a testimony to all the construction workers who are also on the site with them.  Mutual respect and appreciation has been evident as they all interact together, for God’s glory and for the good of the Haitian people that we serve.

by Dr. Katie Wolf,  Jeremie, Haiti

The past few weeks have brought some rain to our area, a brief trip to the US for me and continued construction progress.  Here are some new photos to show you that the work continues to go on!

The floor of the outdoor latrine was poured and the walls have gone up.  Here are the workmen pouring the columns of the latrine:

Pouring latrine columns

Pouring latrine columns

No good work gets done without a qualified supervisor.  Here’s Cherlie giving pointers on how to finish the latrine:

Cherlie inspecting latrine

Cherlie inspecting latrine

Meanwhile, the pipes have been hooked up to the septic tank.  Now, all we need is water to flush the toilets!

Septic tank pipes

Septic tank pipes

The walls of the reservoir up on the hill are being built as well:

Reservoir rock wall

Reservoir rock wall

Remember the blog where I mentioned that the workmen are living up at the site and cooking their own meals?  Well, here is a pot of rice and beans on the fire with the chief cook standing by:

Cooking pot and cook

Cooking pot and cook

We’ve had a number of thunderstorms in the afternoons lately, which is good for the farmers but leads to a slippery ride down the mountain.  A storm was on its way when I took this photo of afternoon fog in the valley behind the clinic:

Afternoon fog in the valley

Afternoon fog in the valley

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