"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
A team of amazing people visited us here over the last week. And together, we accomplished amazing things!
I'm simply too tired tonight to write a long blog post, but I wanted to begin sharing photos and stories about our adventures. I promise there will be more to come over the next few days!
One of the first things we did was spend time at a hospital near Cap Haitien. This hospital has a rehabilitation center, clinic, exercise facility, and neonatal unit. It also has a home for children with disabilities. They don't live in the home at all times--most of the time they live with their families.
But, Mondays through Thursday mornings, families can bring their special needs kids to this home so that they can have a few days' break to work, travel, or care for other children. The visiting children get a safe, clean place to sleep and play with nurses on duty to take care of them, a playroom to explore, and a garden to enjoy.
Our job on this first day was to clean and sanitize the toys, strollers, beds, and chairs. We were there on a Thursday--the day that the children get picked up by their families. Luckily, a few of the kids were still there waiting that morning! We got to talk with them and hold their hands. We gave them small, painted wooden tops that were hand carved and colored by the artist in our group. What a delight--for all of us!
More coming soon! I promise. Goodnight!
Matthew 19:14 "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'"