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November 14, 2014

Late October brought to us a work group from Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado. Included in the group were board members Dr. Tim Bedient and Ralph Minor. Tim is a critical care and pulmonary specialist and is my nephew (Katie’s) and Ralph is an engineer who is our information technology consultant, among other things. A few months ago, Tim and Ralph had a meeting with Youth Pastor Sheri Fry from Montv...

November 24, 2013

I just spent a couple of weeks back in the US attending meetings and taking care of lots of business.  Cherlie kept the construction crew on target and they accomplished several important things while I was away.

 

The sidewalk between the main clinic building and the pharmacy/lab/xray building was poured and framing was started for the roof over the sidewalk.  The roof just got poured on Friday, and once the framing is rem...

October 10, 2013

Okay, everybody, sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:

 

   Lave, lave, lave men nou               Wash, wash, wash your hands

   Lave men nou chak jou                  Wash your hands each day

   Avan w manje, apre w twalet,        Before you eat, after you use the toilet

   E nou va gen santé. ...

September 26, 2013

The two week visit from Bob and Audrey Chase and Don Richmond from Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin came to an end this weekend with almost everything completed on the cabinetry for the clinic.  The team worked extremely hard, taking only one day off, and made thirteen round trips to the clinic site up in the mountains.  Most of the mornings were sunny, but there were frequent afternoon rains, so many of the trips down the mo...

September 16, 2013

This past week, we have had the privilege of hosting Bob and Audrey Chase and Don Richmond from Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin.  Bob is an expert cabinetmaker who pre-fabricated cabinets for our clinic in his shop in New Berlin, WI last fall.  We shipped them down here in a shipping container being sent to Haiti by Food For The Poor, thanks to the intervention of Karl Ralian of Waukesha, WI.  The shipping container was dela...

September 5, 2013

The past few weeks have brought some rain to our area, a brief trip to the US for me and continued construction progress.  Here are some new photos to show you that the work continues to go on!

 

The floor of the outdoor latrine was poured and the walls have gone up.  Here are the workmen pouring the columns of the latrine:

 

Pouring latrine columns.

 

 

No good work gets done without a qualified supervisor.  Here’s Cherlie givi...

November 15, 2012

For the past three years, construction has been under way to pave the road between Les Cayes, on the southern coast of the southern peninsula of Haiti, to Jérémie on the northern coast. As such, I thought I wouldn’t be sharing any more “road stories” with you. The old road was narrow, rocky and treacherous as it wound up one mountain and down another. With progress has come improvement on both ends of the road, but it has...

April 6, 2012

There have been quite a few blogs written lately by Engineer Nick Matthews.  I thought I would write now about some of the recent activities of our clinic in Gatineau.

 

We have been blessed by having some medical personnel visit with each team of construction workers this winter.  Some of them were practicing clinicians, including 5 physicians, some were nurses, others were paramedical personnel and some had no medical bac...

January 20, 2010

If ever I was  proud to be an American,  it was on Monday.  Cherlie and I joined the team of Relief International in the airport at Fort Lauderdale.  We flew a commercial flight to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic at 6am, then took a taxi to a nearby military base.  There we met up with members of the US Customs and Border Patrol, who are under the Department of Homeland Security.  We put our luggage and supplies...

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