Since our last report, we have begun receiving requests from other NGOs and businesses in Haiti for our ATW wheelchairs. Word is spreading about these rugged chairs and how they are changing lives by giving people mobility in normally inaccessible areas.
During our last trip in July, our team was hosting a camp for disabled Haitians at a hotel at Kaliko Beach, about two hours outside Port-au-Prince. Several of our campers rolled around the hotel property for the week in our ATWs, not only navigating the patchy uneven concrete areas, but the sandy beach as well. At the end of our trip, hotel management asked us how they could get some of our wheelchairs for their handicapped guests. Since our team has yet to see a hotel or any other business offer accessibility in Haiti, we were thrilled to see a Haitian company taking an interest in implementing this in their facility.
Of course, we are excited for these opportunities and see this as an extension of our outreach to people with handicaps. It is our hope that, as we continue to distribute these chairs in Haiti, the local community will eventually turn their back on the stigma that currently surrounds disabled people in their country. Giving handicapped people mobility allows them to become more productive members of society, less of a burden on their families and gives the opportunity to develop much needed self-esteem.
You can be a part of this transformation, one wheelchair at a time.
We can't call these little ones babies anymore! They are growing into beautiful healthy toddlers thanks to your generous donations and continued support.
Together we've been providing post-surgical care for little JH following successful surgery for Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome. In our last report he finally made it to the CCAI website for adoption. He continues to thrive at Swallows Nest and ...(drum roll please)... JH has been matched with a family! He will join several other siblings with his forever family in the near future. In the meantime, he gets plenty of practice getting along with the other children in the foster home and loves to play on the balcony in the sunshine.
Little XX is also getting bigger every day. Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, she received successful surgery thanks to your generosity. After our last report in August, she was hospitalized with an infection and fever. Thankfully, she has recovered fully and is getting along well with the other toddlers in the home, especially all the little boys. She is going to be a heartbreaker! The most recent photos we have of her is from May 2012. What a beautiful smile.
Only a few days ago, Swallows Nest introduced us to 4 new little faces. We hope to introduce you to one or all of them in our next report. Thank you for your continued support of these little ones.
Imagine yourself being an active participant in turning a crisis into a miracle. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE OFFERING YOU TODAY.
We recently found out that St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is in dire circumstances. Simply stated, ST. VINCENT’S NEEDS FOOD. This includes the orphans and their caregivers, boarding and day students, as well as the teaching and administrative staff.
The food donor that has sustained the St. Vincent's for the past school year abruptly ended its food distributions all over Haiti at the end of September 2012. With limited resources, only two feasible options have been identified for St. Vincent's to sustain itself if a new food donor is not secured:
In either scenario, children who would normally board in the dormitory will, more than likely, no longer be able to go to school due to the distance between their homes and St. Vincent's. And, many may go without food at all. This effects not only their physical well-being but also greatly limits, if not eliminates, any educational opportunities that may be near their homes as most schools in Haiti can not take children with disabilities.
YOU can be the difference for these children. This is a wonderful opportunity for our supporters to touch young lives in a critical way.
The cost of 3 meals a day for a single person is only $2.00. That’s less than an average cup of coffee from a gourmet coffee shop. We've done the math to see how far your gift can go:
Thank you for caring for these exceptional kids. Together, we can make sure every child has nutritious food and a full belly, allowing them to learn at their full capacity in school.