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| October 23, 2017

Haiti One Year Later: Hope Flourishes Despite the Challenges

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When Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti last October, MAP was one of the first to respond with urgently-needed medicines and supplies. Recently, I traveled to Haiti with board and staff members to see how Haitians are rebuilding their lives.

What struck me most was the sense of hope and resilience. This country that has been repeatedly battered by disasters, is home to some of the most grateful people in the world.

In Haiti, people often say, “If we have life, then we have hope.” So many sing praise for the life they have, for and with the people who share this hope and journey. Relationships with others weighs heavily on their self-esteem. If I am well with my brothers and sisters, then I am well with God. Haitians survive, together.

In the devastation following the January 2010 earthquake, many children became orphaned. Whole communities throughout the country were ripped apart. Orphanages popped up everywhere.

We met the leader of one such orphanage, Pastor Claude, at the mobile clinic in the village of LaTant. The pastor operates two homes that provide shelter for 60 children each. We were invited to visit him to see how MAP medicines contributed to the health of the children.

Pastor Claude shared the story of how children come to his home. Almost every child entering the orphanage suffers from malnutrition and dietary parasites. The two are related conditions as tape worms steal the few nutrients available in their diet.

The Love A Child team, carrying deworming medicines provided by MAP International, conducted a campaign to free the children from these parasites. “They looked like entirely different children only a few days after receiving the medication,” Pastor Claude said.

Seeing God’s hand at work in their lives through Pastor Claude, Love A Child and MAP is a powerful experience. I am so grateful for the way MAP donors have made a difference in the lives of these precious children.

View this joy-filled video of the children singing their thanks and praise. .

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