Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thanksgiving at the TeacHaiti School
Some are shy, some jump all over you, but all like to have their picture taken.
little boy we met on the night of the earthquake- eyes bleeding, open head wound, broken femur(s). We watched him, wrapped in Barney sheets on a picnic table, moaning in his sleep. We estimated his age at 3. Each morning, I would check to see if he was alive. Four days later he still had not had his femur set, but had received antibiotics shots and was alert enough to draw in a coloring book. Five days after the quake, he finally got treatment at Espoir and was put in a portable traction system, back on our picnic tables. It was discovered that BOTH his legs had been broken. By February 10 he was out of full-time traction and wearing a hard cast, eyes still black almost one month later. On March 10 we spotted him, hard cast off, limp-running around the playground. By the end of March he was well enough to fight another little boy for a Hot Wheels (remember our Epic Toy Distribution Fail?), so I think that indicates a near-full recovery.
Today? He's in 1st grade at the TeacHaiti School. And he's sponsored by FBC Richardson's Children's Ministry, all because of their change drive at Vacation Bible School last summer. What a full circle moment for me.
Woogina! She is my parents' sponsored child, and is a lovely and elegant little 3rd grade girl. I almost didn't recognize her with her new haircut, but it was a joy to watch her play, learn in class, and eat a big lunch.