Due to a change of administrative staff at ABI, part of my dossier mailing instructions were not transmitted. One family's dossier was sent to Haiti using a different shipping service. Sounds like no big deal, but this is Haiti! UPS does not deliver effectively in Haiti. We had to physically go to the UPS office in Port-au-Prince to get the mess straightened out. That's the way we do everything here.
|Sonia and a friend|
I am placing several children who live here, so I spent a lot of time just observing them and talking with their nannies. I am thrilled to see that a baby boy we brought here a few months ago is actually developmentally ahead of where we would expect him to be. At only nine months old, he is already cruising on the furniture! When I visited yesterday, Shadley was in the isolation area with a nurse. I was a bit confused, as he was in a great mood and was not running a fever.
I interpreted for Sonia as she spoke with my friends about how she chooses her staff, who are very involved with the children in their care. There was a lot of dancing to the radio, and the house looks like Toys-R-Us blew up on the patio.
Sonia explained that she prefers to hire grandmother aged staff. Younger women can cook or do laundry, but she likes grandmas to care for the children. In Haiti, this means people around age 40 or over. She says she shows them around the house during the interview process, and watches like a hawk how they interact with the kids during the tour. She says, "You can just tell if they are people who love children." I suspect she would like to hire Clair and Donna, who spent a happy hour playing with the pre-schoolers.
|lunchtime for the kids|
Sonia has asked me to find a special family for a really special boy, Milhan. Milhan arrived at Sonia's house before the earthquake. He was referred to her when he was found abandoned at a hospital. He was about nine months old and there was something wrong with his legs. We can only assume that his parents abandoned him at the hospital because they could not imagine how they would care for a child they believed would never walk, and they hoped that someone else would be able to save his life.
|Milhan gives us the thumbs up!|