Monday, January 16, 2012

Astruc Church and School… Dewormed!

Recently, The Orchard EFC paid for and initiated their second annual Deworming Clinic in their partnership community, Astruc, Haiti.  RMI Pharmacist Becky Thompson, Nurse Denise Joseph (Benson’s wife), RMI Translator Marie France, and RMI Administrator Benjamin Altema completed this clinic.  Every child and adult in the Astruc church and school received deworming meds. The Orchard EFC team will be arriving in Haiti in less than one week to do deworming clinics (among other things), including prevention training, to deworm 2 more communities in their Sister Church Partnership District.

According to Deworm the World, “Over 600 million school-age children are infected with parasitic worms. These infections are chronic and widespread, harming children’s health and development and limiting their participation in school.  School-based deworming is universally recognized as a safe, simple and cost-effective solution. The benefits of school-based deworming are both immediate and enduring. Regular treatment can reduce school absenteeism by 25% and increase adult earnings by over 20%, and at a cost of less than 50 US cents per child per year.”

You can see more pictures here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mom Brower’s First Visit to Haiti

Right after Thanksgiving, I flew to NJ to surprise my sister, Amy!  I didn’t get to see her much this past summer because her newest son was born prematurely and she was at the hospital with him almost the whole time I was there.  My Mom and I showed up her her church that Sunday and pulled off a pretty good surprise!  I think she really was shocked!  I spent 4 of the 6 days in NJ with her.  We had a great time hanging out, shopping, playing games and I enjoyed playing with my nephews (she has 4 boys now!)  I was sad to go at the end of the week, but I really enjoyed my time with her.

Part of the plan for flying in to see my sister, was to bring my Mom back to Haiti with me.  I was thrilled to finally be able to show her where we live and serve—for her to get a taste of what our life is like!  She came for 2 weeks and we had a really good time.  We stayed low-key as the kids were still in school, but we did some really fun things as well. 

Here is us on the plane ready to fly home to Haiti and the drive from Port au Prince to Cayes where we live:

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We took her to Rainbow Beach:

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We shared many meals, she tried new foods and she even learned how to make bannan peze:

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She and the kids spent lots of time exploring together:

 

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We visited Drew and Tessa at school:

 

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My highlight was the weekend we spent all together at the RMI Retreat Center in Zanglais.  What a fun time we had together, playing on the beach and playing games when the kids went to bed.  The local fisherman were pulling in their net right on the beach one day and Mom-Mom even boogie-boarded! 

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That Sunday we went to the church in Zanglais where they had a Brigade from another church sing and perform.

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Mom learned to ride a 4-wheeler (which included many laughs!)

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Mom was here for Drew’s school Christmas Program, but I’ll save that for another blog post.

We have so many great memories, it was so hard to pick just a few pics!  We miss you Mom-Mom and can’t wait for you to come back again!

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~Becky

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thanksgiving

I am so behind on blogging!  Sometimes, life just gets away from me and before you know it, I haven’t written anything in weeks or months!  The next few posts will be my attempt to catch up on exciting events in the last month and half.  Most of them are personal or family events… hope you don’t mind!

Again this year, we held the annual Missionary Thanksgiving Dinner at our home. The final count was around 110 people.  We had lots of really good, traditional Thanksgiving food, a great time of giving thanks all together, and the kids had fun with some crafts and a turkey piƱata. (Drew’s smack was the final smack that sent the candy flying!)

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Here is a photo of the whole group.  We are a pretty good looking bunch, don’t you think?

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~Becky