Our mission is to build sustainable communities by putting the ability to make, use and sell alternative fuels into the hands of the poorest people. The goal is to sell jatropha oil in Haiti and offset the need for imported fossil fuel. The profits from our projects will be reinvested in Haiti, in the communities where we work. Our jatropha project will take time, but will ultimately have a lasting positive impact.
Time is critical for the children in Haiti who are sick. While there is no news I can report on the ten orphans hospitalized in Jeremie with cholera, I can report some positive news from our last trip. I took photos of three children a couple of weeks ago that I had never expected to see again.
The first two, baby Clara and Alfonso, live in an orphanage in Jeremie. They were both very sick the last time I saw them, and sadly their orphanage had lost a child for unknown reasons just days before the first two photographs were taken. Both Clara and Alfonso were frail and obviously very ill, and it was heartbreaking to see them in that condition.
The good news: See Alfonso and Clara today (large photo). If I didn't know them, I couldn't have recognized them. This orphanage was a recipient of goods shipped after the earthquake and the orphanage director was so excited to see us that she ran to us to say thank you. She was very grateful to the people here that helped them and said that she finally had what she needed to clothe and clean the children properly.
In addition, I would like to show you a mother/son photograph:
I took this picture in August at Mission of Hope in Grand Goave. This little boy, 18 month-old Christlove, had testicles larger than my fists and could not eat anything. When I took the picture his mother was telling me that she was terribly worried because he could not even keep down rice. Her face shows her concern, and his is the face of a very sick child. Again, below, more good news. See Christolove as he was in November. He had the necessary surgery and is now running, playing, and obviously eating well again. There is so many sad stories from Haiti, so much bad news, I wanted to show that sometimes there's good news from the field as well.