Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Add Vitamins to our Food

JAN 28- First pregnancy test I've ever bought! For a woman we took to the local hospital.
JAN 29- Isaac before...

...and after

JAN 30- Beautiful Haiti. Visiting an orphanage outside the city.
JAN 31- Plumpy'nut!
I've been taking Creole classes several times a week. Some with a teacher at the Jubilee School, some with my resident partner in crime and fellow nurse, Keziah. Jokingly one night, after praying over dinner, she said something in Creole. She went on to explain that very commonly, Haitians end their prayers saying "add vitamins to our food." So- in English- I've started adding that to some of my prayers. This idea of "give us this day our daily bread" is real. When people here tell you that they're hungry, it's almost always true. 

The clinic runs a Medika Mamba program. Kids who are malnourished and qualify are supplied with a supplement called Plumpy'nut. It allows kids to gain weight and prevents neurological problems & developmental delays due to malnutrition. This week, we added a beautiful little girl to the program. She was brought in by her aunt. Her mother died during cholera. She is a beautiful face. It's a beautiful thing to see these kids dig into their Plumpy'nut. Give us this day our daily bread.

"The sense of futility is one of the greatest evils of the day... People say, "What can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes."
-Dorothy Day

2 comments:

  1. Isaac looks like Jesus (at least what I think He looks like). Love you Grace Face.

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  2. Love this! Love you! Love the little girl's face and I want you to bring her home. We love getting the stories and seeing where you are. 10 years ago this week we went to Russia. Mia will be fifteen on the 10th. Yikes!! I signed in on my first blog with the Shears as "dear love" because that is what they call me. Don't know how to change it. Your favorite aunt druid

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