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Haiti, February 12, 2010 Gayle Davidson, Click here to see full article!

Haiti: February 8, 2010

Arriving home from Haiti less than 24 hours ago, I found myself selfishly craving 4 basics of life.  Food that is not in the form of a MRE or trail mix, a hot shower, bed and sleep uninterrupted by heat,  insects, helicopters, military transports and the crying out of people  in the streets of Port Au Prince.   You can’t come home to America and close your eyes without still seeing their desperate faces. The faces of anger, hunger, disappointment and desperation.     Many of the people barely getting by for the last 3 weeks with few resources and certainly an uncertain future.    The saddest of all people were those with no faith which left them without hope.

There are/ were 8.9 million people in Haiti. That computes to 330 people per square Km. Before the earthquake 54% of population had no access to clean water, 65% undernourished, 79% infant mortality rate, 52 % practice voodoo and a life expectancy of 49.5 years.

Although some progress has been made.,,,It is estimated that over 100,000 still lay beneath the rubble.

This was IRC’s 4th medical team to send in since the earthquake including orthopedic surgeons, nurses, EMT’s and paramedics.  Most of the work is being done at hospitals, or what was left of them.  Medical supplies have been sent with teams and shipped with local resources.  I personally carried 800 pounds of medications and hospital supplies that were either purchased or donated by local pharmacies with me to Port Au Prince. The supplies and myself were brought over the border from the Dominican Republic by truck along with food provided by Manna Global.  Medical needs were met and supplies delivered.  Luc Bouquet, one of our members in Melbourne was thrilled to see some medical supplies as their supplies were exhausted. Luc looked tired from his  efforts but healthy. Within 24 hours of this delivery, our 2 pallets medical supplies shipped with Harris Corporation arrived to Luc as well. This was possible through medical contacts in Brevard County and many coming to my home to sort and pack out the supplies.

Our base was located in Port Au Prince at a friend’s children’s home, Roberta Edwards at the Son Light Children’s home. Over 30,000 pounds of food was packed out by 31 children and those of us that were there working during the time I was there. This food went to local churches to distribute and was distributed to “tent cities” in the evenings. Roberta is well known and respected in the community as a woman who will share what she has with others. The girls and I would spend the day making the food bags. We enjoyed teaching each other songs while we worked. They worked tirelessly, happy to assist in the efforts for their people. In addition to medical supplies and medical care, IRC provided a water filtration system for the house and a charger to keep it going without power. This system will keep germs out of the drinking water giving them safe water to drink. There were relief workers there, repairing the fallen wall and generally repairing damages to the property, each person contributing their gifts where ever they were needed.

One of the boys, 15, was killed by a wall falling during the quake. We had all of the children take turns mixing the cement and make a marker for his grave behind their home with their own hands. We hope this provided some sense of peace for their loss.

As for the country of Haiti. They will need help for a long time to come. One of the older children asked that we not forget them as the time moves along. It will take years to rebuild and deal with the death and destruction that has been wrought by this single disaster.

I was humbly reminded of the fact that we are all the same as God’s children. This was obvious by something as simple as a dwelling place. Tents…

The Churches

The People

The Relief Workers

My Place

Pray for Haiti…. Gayle Davidson

Haiti Report Gayle Davidson, Feb. 9, 2010

I am back in Melbourne, Florida. I still don’t have the words to express what I saw in Haiti. From the time we crossed the border from the Dominican until the time we returned I was truly amazed at the devastation we encountered. I have seen many overwhelming situations in my life but this was by far the worst. I am still processing it all and trying to figure out the best way God can use us to help in this situation.

Haiti: February 8, 2010 by Gayle Davidson

Haiti: February 8, 2010

Arriving home from Haiti less than 24 hours ago, I found myself selfishly craving 4 basics of life.  Food that is not in the form of a MRE or trail mix, a hot shower, bed and sleep uninterrupted by heat,  insects, helicopters, military transports and the crying out of people  in the streets of Port Au Prince.   You can’t come home to America and close your eyes without still seeing their desperate faces. The faces of anger, hunger, disappointment and desperation.     Many of the people barely getting by for the last 3 weeks with few resources and certainly an uncertain future.    The saddest of all people were those with no faith which left them without hope.

There are/ were 8.9 million people in Haiti. That computes to 330 people per square Km. Before the earthquake 54% of population had no access to clean water, 65% undernourished, 79% infant mortality rate, 52 % practice voodoo and a life expectancy of 49.5 years.

Although some progress has been made.,,It is estimated that over 100,000 still lay beneath the rubble.

This was IRC’s 4th medical team to send in since the earthquake including orthopedic surgeons, nurses, EMT’s and paramedics.  Most of the work being done at hospitals, or what was left of them.  Medical supplies have been sent with teams and shipped with local resources.  I personally carried 800 pounds of medications and hospital supplies that were either purchased or donated by local pharmacies with me to Port Au Prince. The supplies and myself were brought over the border from the Dominican Republic by truck along with food provided by Manna Global.  Medical needs were met and supplies delivered.  Luc Bouquet, one of our members in Melbourne was thrilled to see some medical supplies as their supplies were exhausted. Luc looked tired from his  efforts but healthy. Within 24 hours of this delivery, our 2 pallets medical supplies shipped with Harris Corporation arrived to Luc as well. This was possible through medical contacts in Brevard County and many coming to my home to sort and pack out the supplies.

Our base was located in Port Au Prince at a friend’s children’s home, Roberta Edwards at the Son Light Children’s home. Over 30,000 pounds of food was packed out by 31 children and those of us that were there working during the time I was there. This food went to local churches to distribute and was distributed to “tent cities” in the evenings. Roberta is well known and respected in the community as a woman who will share what she has with others. The girls and I would spend the day making the food bags. We enjoyed teaching each other songs while we worked. They worked tirelessly, happy to assist in the efforts for their people. In addition to medical supplies and medical care, IRC provided a water filtration system for the house and a charger to keep it going without power. This system will keep germs out of the drinking water giving them safe water to drink. There were relief workers there, repairing the fallen wall and generally repairing damages to the property, each person contributing their gifts where ever they were needed.

One of the boys, 15, was killed by a wall falling during the quake. We had all of the children take turns mixing the cement and make a marker for his grave behind their home with their own hands. We hope this provided some sense of peace for their loss.

As for the country of Haiti. They will need help for a long time to come. One of the older children asked that we not forget them as the time moves along. It will take years to rebuild and deal with the death and destruction that has been wrought by this single disaster.

I was humbly reminded of the fact that we are all the same as God’s children. This was obvious by something as simple as a dwelling place. Tents…

Pray for Haiti, Gayle

Haiti News 2-5-2010 Click Here to see full Article

Gayle Reports: I left Port au Prince this morning at 6 am. and was transfered to a second bus at 8 am.. We drove to the border of the Dominican Republic where we spent 4 hours waiting to be cleared by the Haitian authorities. We then began our long 8 hr. trip across the Dominican landscape. Everybody on the bus was exhausted and speechless. The stark contrast between the two worlds was like something out of a movie. My heart is shattered with grief but the smiles of the few were worth it all. knowing that many will be able to recover from their surgeries and injuries with little to no pain or infection. I have been reflecting on what all happened in my life in the last 3 weeks that put me in contact with so many people who cared for those they have never met, nor will they. But God’s plan was made perfect through the willing and the able. From the smallest to the greatest. I will explore all the angles and communicate my conclusions in a few days; after I have had time to process it all. What I do know is that God is mighty to save and that His plan is perfect. More on this later.

I am in Dominican in a safe house with great people. I will try to fly home tomorrow but there are so many people trying to get home. We will see what happens, if I don’t get out tomorrow I will be able to spend more time reflecting and then home on Sunday.

Gayle

Haiti Report Feb. 4, 2010 Click here for full report!

Gayle reports: Got 4th IRC Medical team out of Haiti today. Haiti is closing border and today decided to suspend all military flights out of Port au Prince. Also commercial flights being suspended to Port au Prince. Have delivered all medical supplies to appropriate agencies. We packed out 13,000 lbs. of food, ( me and 10 girls ), out to local churches and tent cities with another 8,000 lbs. coming in today. Have seen more patients than I can count. I have done my best to help ease Roberta’s burden here at the children’s home so she can be free to do other administrative functions. Cooked dinner for 52 people last night and had the joy of washing dishes for three hours. Church was nice at the compound last night. I am working on getting a bus ticket out of Haiti but all buses are full at the moment.It has been a productive week and I have been blessed by the experience. God bless Roberta and the work she is managing here. It is a huge task, (not for the weak or the lazy). Gayle

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Haiti News from Gayle

I landed Dominican Republic on monday morning and stayed with Norm Currington and we left at 3am on Tuesday morning at Port au Prince.  We were greeted at the border by what seemed like 1 million refugees, no American Soldiers at the border, and then we looked in the distance and we saw Roberta, an angel in Haiti, who runs a childrens home, with 31 kids.  She lost her 15 year old son during the earthquake as he got kids out of the building.  I am at her compound safe with some other Americans and a retired U.S. Military man to watch over us.  Yesterday we packed out 8000 pounds of donated food and we passed it out through the gate.  The gates were overwhelmed by people as the food came to an end.  We were lucky we did not have more.  I have been able to deliver the much needed medications to the tent hospital that I am working out of.  I cannot believe the misery I am seeing.  My heart is truly torn.  There are so many needs, not enough time.  I was able to help Luke locate the shipment from Harris Corporation and he was glad to have fresh supplies to give out. The U.S. Military has stopped flying out Americans, so we will have to get a bus back to the Dominican Border on Friday or Saturday.  This trip will take about 14 hours.  All is well, God is good.  Pray for the homeless refugees of Haiti.

Gayle Davidson

IRC Medical Director

Please send any donations to:  IRC, Attention Haiti, P.O. 1220 Tupelo, MS 38804