Ten days ago we were at a Jeremie orphanage that we selected as a pilot site for the IEEE rural electricity project. We were joyful discussing the business plan with Pastor Honore for a unit which will in short time supply the first electricity the orphanage has had in eight years, the income needed to lease the equipment, and sustainable income to feed the fifty orphans in his care. Pastor Honore has operated his orphange since the 1980s, and has relied upon the charity of others to do so. There are no sustainable solutions for feeding or educating these children, so this is an opportunity for which they are incredibly thankful. In the course of meeting we photographed the children who had sang for us upon arrival for a church here that is potentially interested in helping them. I am relaying terrible news that I received from Pastor Honore today. We have been working with this orphanage for nearly two years, providing assistance to the children as we could, and this e-mail has shaken me to my very core:
Thank you so much my presidente, but I'm very sad to tell you, now, we have at least 10 children at the hospitol JEREMIE, every nigth I don't sleeping. All of them have the colera. Certainly my wife and we don't know what we can do, only we would like to ask you and help us in your prayers.
Michel Ronaldo, CHERLANDE, Junior, Machelene, Nancy, Manoucheca etc, all of them are sick. God BLESS YOU.
Thank's, greeting to PAUL Jeannine and your group
Most of the children he mentioned are pictured. I do not have photos of all of the children, some had been washing clothes and were not there when I took the pictures. He was to send me photos soon of them, and now each of these children are desperately ill, and all 50 children in his care have been exposed to cholera. My heart is breaking right now knowing that I have two other orphanages in the same town that I work with, and those directors will not be able to communicate with me like Pastor Honore can. If his kids are sick, thiers most certainly are or will be as well. Please keep Haiti in your prayers.
To support our endeavor to stop the march of cholera, please mark a donation of any size for "nail clippers". All funds will be used to ship 50,000 sets of nail clippers to the Haitian Health Foundation in Jeremie to help people defend themselves from the disease. The clippers are here, but we must pay for them before we can get them to Haiti. Each set of clippers will save many lives, it's really (sadly) just that simple. This program is being sponsored by Sirona Cares and Global Arts and Education to empower the Haitian Health Foundation.