Many of us thought that getting out of the year 2020 would be the solution. We will always remember 2020 as the covid-19, social unrest, closures, the year of not getting anything done. The year that our jobs and lifestyles became more digital. We learned where the Wi-Fi had the strongest signal in our homes. We learned how to socialize via zoom and still keep in touch with our loved ones. Here we are now. People all over the world are still fighting against the pandemic. We are all doing our best despite the rising numbers of covid-19.
In Haiti, we are also fighting with covid-19. We are in our second wave. We are not only fighting covid-19, we are also living in a period of political unrest. Haiti is in a state of level 4 Security Alert. This is affecting our daily lives. Since we live up in the mountains, many roads would be blocked by violent rioters. It makes it difficult for vehicles to go up to God’s Littlest Angels. Even our own vehicles are not able to operate because of the blocked roads. This situation is causing more social unrest. We usually have ambulances coming up to GLA with preemies or children in need but because of the country’s current situation it has become difficult. Despite all of these challenges, we are doing our best just like all of our GLA supporters.
Time waits for no one and now is the time for us to work together to have a better environment. God sent many of you to help us in our cause and projects and it is a blessing. Thank you for donating your time in the cyber world to help us provide special care for our sweet preemies.
"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."Matthew 6:31-33.
In 2020 we had to change how we live. We had to find new ways to interact with each other and work. What used to be a normal daily task became a challenging one. People around the globe were going through tough times. We had one thing in common and it was hoping to have a better tomorrow. Praying that the spread of the virus would end so we could go back to our daily lives. We had hope for healing.
“Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”
We are thankful for being able to take care of many preemies during the pandemic. We had the opportunity to repair and do maintenance on all of our machines. Our NICU was always ready to welcome mothers with their newborn babies that needed help to grow strong and healthy. Our nurses and nannies worked diligently throughout the tough times where we had to take care of preemies with heart, brain, breathing, immune system and temperature problems. We are thankful to all of the sponsors who by prayer and financial support keep our NICU open and available free of charge to premature babies and their families when they need us most. Thank you!
In Haiti we are lucky enough that there was not a huge outbreak. Up to today we only have about 8000 cases of covid-19 since the initial lock down of the country. The biggest issue is that us dollars went up in Haiti. To the point that $1 us was equal to 120 gourdes. So things got more expensive for all the consumers. The sellers are not adjusting their prices even when the dollar dropped considerably. Since we buy all of our essentials in gourdes things are more expensive for us.
During quarantine we made some repairs to our NICU. We wanted to make sure that we were always ready and prepared for any circumstances. We received many new babies. We had the Ministry of Public health call us to admit Baby Malia to our NICU via ambulance. Baby Malia was a tiny baby and only weighed 2 lbs 15 oz. Her oxygen levels were really low but her coloring and heart rate were pretty strong. Our nurses made sure that she was giving all of the care needed to stay strong and healthy. She is doing well.
We received Baby Israel that was extremely malnourished. He is also blind. His mom came to us for help because she didn’t have the means to support him. Baby Israel is doing much better. He is getting stronger day by day.
We received twin baby girls named Baby Ruth and Baby Sarah. They were really tiny. They were on oxygen for about a week. Our nurses gave them an all around the clock care. They started getting stronger but sadly only one of them didn’t survived despite all of our efforts.
As stated by our executive Director during her interview with Orphans Treasure Box “At GLA, our primary goal is to provide exceptional neonatal care and a safe haven to the smallest, sickest, and most vulnerable children of Haiti.Sometimes this looks like short term care, sometimes this looks like providing home support, and sometimes this looks like permanent placement through adoption. Our specialized focus is in providing quality medical care to premature infants in an environment that is safe and supportive of the family unit. We encourage mothers, whenever physically able to live with us at GLA in a unit next to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to provide primary care for their infant from day one.” We are able to continue fulfilling our mission because of your support.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is an important part of our organization. We are well known for having around the clock care for all the babies and mothers that need help. During this period of isolation things in Haiti have changed. The first two of cases of Codvid-19 in Haiti were detected on March 19, 2020. Since then the Haitian government has declared a State of Emergency. The government published a decree that mandated the following rules and safety precautions to everyone in the territory. The rules are:
Curfew from 5 am to 8 pm
Wear a mask in public places
No gatherings of more then 10 people
Closing of schools, universities, factories and places of worship
It is mandatory to stay 6 feet apart from one another
Airports and ports are to be closed except for the transport of goods
Suspension on all of the commercial passenger flights
Up to this date the Ministry of Health in Haiti (MSPP) has been publishing the numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19. We have a total of 4,309 confirmed cases.
We are working together to keep each other safe. We at GLA have been in isolation for three months. Our executive director made sure that all of the employees attended an informative seminar about Codvid-19. It was a success. All of the employees got the chance to participate and learn about the new lifestyle habits while living during a pandemic. They even learn how to make mask out of 2 sheets of paper towels.
During this time we also made sure to do some repairs in our NICU. We want it to exceed national standards and to ensure all of the advanced technology is working well. Some of our NICU equipment includes:
Heart monitor: to display the baby’s heart and breathing rates and patterns
Blood Pressure Monitor: to periodically monitor the blood pressure of the baby
Pulse Oximeter: to measure the amount of oxygen in the baby’s blood
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): to push a continuous flow of air to the airways to help keep tiny air passages in the lungs open
Respirator: to help babies who can't breathe on their own or who need help taking bigger breath
We had a technician come and do maintenance on all of the machines. The incubators and oxygen concentrators needed a few repairs. Apart from having a professional staff working at the NICU and having important guidelines and protocols, preventative maintenance is also a key to running a great NICU.
Our NICU is an essential part of God’s Littlest Angels. Apart from an overcrowded hospital in Port-au-Prince, we are the second place that has a standardized NICU in Haiti’s western province. Our facility gives many parents hope that their babies will have a higher chance of survival even if they are born premature.
Baby Chrismie* is one of those cases where we are hoping for the best, where we have to put faith in God because we know that her road to recovery will be hard. Our around the clock nurses are fighting for her well-being.
Baby Chrismie’s mother did what was in her power to make sure that her baby was delivered safely. She knew that she would have a difficult delivery due to the baby’s condition. Her only option for delivering baby Chrismie was through a C-section.
Chrismie was born on February 6th, 2020 in a province in Haiti that is called Mirebalais. One month later, with no local options for Chrismie’s care, her mother left her hometown Mirebalais to travel to Port-au-Prince on public transportation to seek help for Chrismie’s condition. Unfortunately, she could not bring Chrismie to GLA herself but GLA’s team picked Chrismie up and brought her safely up to GLA while her mother needed inpatient medical care at a Port Au Prince hospital, due to an infection from the C-section (postpartum sepsis).
Baby Chrismie has difficulty sucking. She also has trouble regulating her body temperature. Since day one we had to keep her constantly monitored. Our goal is to help her to gain weight so she will be able to have the surgery her life depends on. In the meantime, we are loving her, holding her, talking to her and fighting alongside her in this difficult world.
With your help we are able to remain open for mothers to bring their babies that need specialized care and need our help. With your donations we are able to buy supplies and maintain equipment to help babies like Chrismie who are fighting for their lives. Thank you for standing on the front lines with us.
*Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of individuals.
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