FOOD PACKS FOR FAMILIES:
According to UNICEF, “acute childhood malnutrition is expected to more than double this year in Haiti as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, a spike in violence and dwindling resources.” The political turmoil and soaring inflation have made it even more difficult for families to provide food for their children this summer. The lack of food in the markets has caused prices to skyrocket in the rural villages. It breaks our heart to think that students in the WWV schools are going days without food.
Thanks to you, many families are receiving food packs of rice and beans! These food packs will help families through the summer months until students are back in school receiving daily hot lunches. The photos below are just a few of the faces of the families in the WWV schools receiving help with food thanks to your generosity.
Makenson, Christalin & Jude Francois (pictured left) were especially grateful and excited when our staff arrived with food for their family. One of our Haitian staff members reported that the boys nearly leapt into his arms as if Jesus Christ himself had shown up at their home. Thank you for being a reflection of Christ to these families by helping in their time of need.
The teachers from World Wide Village schools were invited to attend a series of trainings over the last month. The training topics consisted of everything from child development and how to teach math, to the history of education in Haiti. Sixty-two teachers participated in the trainings to better equip themselves in the classroom. A special thanks to long-time volunteer and donor, Karissa Ouren, for helping make this training available again this year!
HEALTHY MOTHERS + HEALTHY BABIES:
Meet the most recent baby born at the World Wide Village Medical Center! Wudleyson Chavanes (held by WWV Nurse/Midwife, Magdala Joseph) was born happy and healthy yesterday (August 9th) at 2:08 pm. Mother and baby boy are doing great thanks to your support of the maternal health program. Children are definitely a blessing from the Lord!
Plus, sixteen matrons (traditional birth attendants) completed a 22-week training session this month. They celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony. Read more about their graduation here.
POLITICS IN HAITI:
As we continue to pray for peace and unity in Haiti, the current Prime Minister of Haiti is working to establish an interim cabinet and is taking steps to prepare for fall elections. The U.S. Department of State recently published a statement of support for Haiti:
“The United States welcomes efforts by Haiti’s political leadership to come together in choosing an interim Prime Minister and a unity cabinet to chart a path forward in the wake of the heinous assassination of Jovenel Moïse. The formation of this interim government is a positive and necessary step to respond to the Haitian people’s needs and begin restoring Haiti’s democratic institutions.
The United States, together with the international community, urges Haiti’s political and civil society leaders to continue to work together to advance a broad and inclusive dialogue that responds to the needs of the Haitian people and lays the groundwork for long-term stability and prosperity.
We remain committed to supporting the Haitian government’s investigation into the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, expanding COVID-19 vaccination efforts, working with the Haitian National Police to promote security and the rule of law, and coordinating with the international community to establish the conditions necessary for Haitians to vote as soon as feasible.
We call on all Haitians to work together to maintain peace and will continue to support the Haitian people as they strive to build a stable, prosperous, and democratic country.”