|Some of the BRESMA crew|
Once again we start the day with a trip to IBESR – early this time, trying to catch the elusive attorney who must sign off on authorizations. Aaaand, once again, she’s not here. But I’m still glad we came, because Mme S has decided to look harder or cross the hallway, and she now has the missing documentation that will free the case we asked about on Wednesday. This is stunningly fast work for IBESR and I am thrilled!
Because multitasking is a necessity in Haiti, we head off to Margarette’s dentist, where Franck meets us and picks me up for my next appointment. I’m going way up in the mountains to meet with another ABI family who is here for their socialization trip.
Boy, did we all get lucky – they got a referral that surprised and delighted everyone involved, to a little boy at Chances for Children. I guess this another bright point to the new system. I now get to work with a few crèches with which we have not partnered in the past, but that I greatly respect. This is one of them. Visiting up here is so relaxing. And also cool. As in, I’m wearing jeans and a light jacket because I need them both.
Not only do I get to meet the family in person, but I get to see Kathi Juntenen, one of the founders of the organization. I am able to thank her in person for the food she is providing to BRESMA orphanage at cost. Chances for Children is a distribution point for Feed My Starving Children, an American non-profit organization that makes a complete meal for children. Their rice and ‘seasonings’ contain all the nutrition a child needs in every serving. It is amazing to see the difference that ‘ti pa nou’ makes in a malnourished child. The food is free – all recipients must do is pay for the shipping. And Chances for Children chooses to order extra to share with those who have shown they will use it responsibly.
I have more meetings scheduled today in Port-au-Prince, so I don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time in the mountains as I would have liked. In fact, we’re so late in getting down the mountain that Franck has no time to drop me off at the guesthouse. Instead, I must come along to the airport to pick up Mar Grayner, who does my job for Spanish and Argentinian families. We’ve only met up down here once before, so this is a real treat.
After we pick up Mar, we return to the guesthouse where I meet with an American family living here in Haiti, who wants to adopt a child IBESR has placed with them for foster care. These cases are really tricky, but worth the extra effort. And this one was started the right way, so I get to give the family some good news.
My final meeting calls to cancel because he also had to go to the airport, but his party was hours late. I’m okay with that. It’s been a long, busy day and I’m tired.