Our kids are loving the new monthly yoga classes at Mercy & Sharing Village! We have an extraordinary yoga instructor who volunteers her time to teach 29 of our children between the ages of 7-18 years old. We have a group of well-qualified professionals who have created a Yoga-Breathing-Mediation team that are working together to build and improve this program.
I recently was in Haiti and lucky enough to attend the monthly yoga classes. The younger kids are truly enjoying and having fun with the classes. They will continue to grow and learn new things as months go by. The older children have really embraced yoga and will soon be going deeper by learning more breathing and meditation techniques.
We are grateful to be able to offer this program to our children at Mercy & Sharing. With your help we are raising very well-rounded children who we believe will grow up to be the future leaders of Haiti.
Thank you for your continued support!
This beautiful little 4 year old girl was abandoned at a Cap Haitien hospital. She was severely malnourished and actively dying when she was discovered by a caring physician by the name of Galit Sacajiu. Galit reached out to Mercy & Sharing with the following email. Of course we worked with Galit and the Cap Haiten Hospital to find a way to get Lyvia the medical help she required and are now happy to have her in her new home at Mercy & Sharing.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 9:29 PMTo: Contact UsSubject: a place for Lyvia, an abandoned girl
Dear sir/Mdm, I wrote the email below asking Loune for availability in Zanmi Beni. She told me that they have no place but recommended that I will check if you have a place at "Mercy and Sharing":
I am writing to ask about availability to place a little girl named Lyvia in Zanmi Beni. I was in Cape Haitian 2 weeks ago and while visiting Jestinian hospital in preparation to a course we are working on with local doctors and the ministry of health, we passed by the pediatric department and saw a dying girl- she looked with severe malnutrition; but no IV or feeding were provided as she had no one to support her. As anyone else in my position, we got an IV going and started feeding. She is doing better but as she turned around the Pediatricians diagnosed her with Cerebral Palsy. Her family is not known to us, as she was left at the hospital. Any chance we can have her moved to Zanmi Beni? if not, would you have other suggestions? I will appreciate your input .Kindly let me know if there is a chance to bring her to your merciful hands; I can probably find someone to support her. Looking forward hearing from you, galitGalit M Sacajiu MD MPH, Medical Education Director
Dr. Sacajiu was able to visit Mercy & Sharing on May 24th and "was blown away by the village, the staff, and most of all the children- who had only love to share! and of course Lyvia, she is doing well and I am sure will continue to gain strength and push through obstacles".
Lyvia responds to touch and loves to be held. We are so glad to have this little miracle as part of our Mercy & Sharing family!
Mercy & Sharing Welcomes Nono & Fafaille
The story of two little boys lost in the system, who have now found their loving forever home.
No one knows where they came from before they were dropped on the door step of an unlicensed, dilapidated orphanage that was recently condemned as unfit and closed down by the Government of Haiti.
Two little boys that have either forgotten how to talk or simply cannot, are now in the care of Mercy & Sharing. Three months ago one of hundreds of unlicensed orphanages was closed. The children inside were sorted and dispersed into licensed orphanages. The healthy and youngest children were welcomed and preparation was made for them to be put into the adoption circuit. Most likely, some of the older ones had parents somewhere and went home. But Nono, 2 years old & blind and Fafaille who cannot walk and is somewhere around 8 or 9 years old were not welcome anywhere.
As a result the Ministry of Social Affairs in Haiti called Mercy & Sharing to take the boys. We let them know that we have room and our medical staff would be waiting to welcome them. Months passed. Government officials, worried about how the resignation of the Prime Minister would affect their jobs, were paralyzed. And then the Christmas holidays closed everything down; no one works the two weeks over the holidays. Meanwhile the boy who could not see and the other who could not walk, sat or laid quietly accepting food when it was offered and waited.
Finally on Friday, February 6th the boys, who had been living in the offices of the "Centre d'affaires Social” in Croix Des Bouquet, came to their permanent home, Mercy & Sharing Village.
So many of children are waiting in despicable situations because they've been forgotten or because they are not perfect. Children with special needs are not wanted in Haiti. Mercy & Sharing is changing the expectations on their behalf. We offer care and assistance to mothers who have babies so they don't give their children away. Children who are not considered "normal" are especially in danger of being discarded. There is nowhere for them to go when they are abandoned, except Mercy & Sharing. Your heart is the most important place on earth for them right now.
A young boy maybe 10 years old has recently arrived at Mercy & Sharing Village and become part of the children we have promised to care for. He has lived in the mountains above the Village all of his life. His stiff little body could hardly move. His mother, would place him under a fallen tree every day before she hiked several miles to a village to sell vegetables. In a good month she would make $10. The people in his Village call him "cocobai" meaning not human. The little boy has never worn clothes or seen a doctor other than the witch doctor in the village, who told the village the family is cursed. "There is no hope for this kind of demon possession.”
A month ago we were blessed to have a group of medical experts from Tennessee who hiked that mountain and met this boy. They specialize in medical evaluation and therapy for disabled children. “Can we help him?” we asked one of the experts, She took him in her arms and starting examining his limbs. She looked up, squinting in the sun and said “yes, I think we can”. That’s all we needed. Hope. That’s all he needed. We made arrangements to get him down the mountain to Mercy & Sharing Rehabilitation and Therapy Center. Two days later……he took his first steps!
For now, this miracle boy is part of our Guardian Angel Promise 126 program. With your help, we can keep our promise to care for these children. To make sure they survive and thrive.
You and I by committing to the Promise 126 program share Susie’s (the founder) promise for the 126 children in our care to know that “In this world, you were loved”. Thanks to your support Mercy & Sharing provides food, shelter, education, medical care and above all LOVE to our children. I stress LOVE as these children have come to M&S abandoned in some way or another. They did nothing wrong and you and I get to spend the rest of their lives showing them this through our caring, guidance and love. A true family environment has been established at the M&S Village and we are grateful to have you as part of it.
You can keep us with weekly through fun Facebook updates and always enjoy videos on YouTube. By going to our website you can look under Projects – Promise 126 – Learn more and see each child’s individual photo and updated story on them. We also welcome your feedback and comments on how you feel we are doing with the Promise 126 program.
I want to dedicate this report to our beloved Caleb Francois. He passed away on June 13th, 2014 at the age of 10. They held a service for him at the M&S church at the orphanage. All the children were asked if they wanted to do something special to say goodbye to him and they all agreed to sing a favorite song. Ronald, Isaac and Frantz played the saxophone in his honor. He will be greatly missed. We feel blessed to have been able to love and care for him and have him for a friend.
As promised, in his grave is a note that says “In this world, you were loved”.
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