As I sit here staring at my large screen television and my enjoying my air conditioned home, my heart can't help but feel guilt and long for my children in Haiti. This is the longest I have ever gone without hearing their giggles and being smothered in their hugs and kisses. It is hard. I keep telling myself that I need to be home right now, I need to stay put, I need to think about what is best for my son and wait until he is vaccinated before visiting.. but that doesn't stop the longing. My heart physically hurts. There is not a minute that goes by that I don't wonder what they are doing, how they are doing, and when I will be able to see them again.
Thank goodness for smartphones and being able to communicate with staff members and my older children. It warms my heart to get voice messages through whatsapp or to receive photos of the little ones learning new things. Emilio has been sick lately with diarrhea but after a quick visit to the hospital and some antibiotics he is on the mend. Norens also has not been himself lately, he is getting severe headaches and is having trouble seeing. Norens constantly blinks. I had taken him to an American doctor in Haiti who examined his eyes, we were told that he could see perfectly clear. We were then referred to a neurologist who told us that Norens has a neurological problem that is causing his eyes to constantly blink. We were told that we could send him to the US to undergo a surgical procedure to try and correct it, however, after hearing that the procedure would come with many risks and learning that his condition was actually was not harming Norens in anyway, we decided to not pursue that route. Norens has been to the doctors again, and we are now waiting on more results.
The kids are all growing so much and getting so tall! We had friends recently visit the kids and check up on things and they were able to send me tons of photos :)
Fundraising has been tough lately. Since March when I gave birth to my son, it has been difficult for me to keep up with social media and hosting fundraising events. We have begun to fall behind on monthly expenses. We are needing more child sponsors, more monthly donors, more volunteers, more help fundraising.. the list goes on. Next month we will be opening up one of our board meetings to those who wish to learn more about Hime For Help and who have a desire to get involved with the work we do. We would like to create a strong team to help with implementing fundraising ideas and growing our organization. If you are interested in joining our committee please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!