I often wonder what happens to the people in the stories we write about in Haiti. It’s one thing to reach out and touch the lives of those in need, even boldly giving them advice on how to do better in providing food for the family with the gifts we give. But do we expect to see progress or dare hope that their future has been changed for the better after our encounter? Of course we do.
We know that not all gifts produce the desired hope for the future that we wanted for them but when they do, we rejoice!
Here are the updates on the families that were featured in the story, “Pattie’s Gift”.
Yvette has changed so much from the last time we visited her. When I took a picture of her in October she looked hard and depressed. At that time she had very little to feed her family and life was very bleak.
What a difference a few months have made. When Wissel walked to her house, she exclaimed “I knew that you would not come to Dos-Palais without coming to see me!”. She looks happy, less stressed and much more hopeful. She used her money to purchase a goat and also some items to sell from home or in the market such as spaghetti, coffee, bread, sugar and flour. Sometimes she travels to the Dominican Republic to purchase items to sell.
What a relief to see Yvette’s life change because of a gift from Pattie.
Wissel stopped by the Anger family just to check on them to see how they were doing since October when we shared Pattie’s gift with them. Of course they remembered Wissel. The husband is blind but after Christianna explained who Wissel was, he was most pleased to finally meet again.
With the money, they paid off the debt in town they had incurred during the time when they had no food and was able to again purchase food for the children. They purchased a hen and a rooster. Wissel encouraged them to take good care of the chickens because they will give them eggs to eat and the extra chickens they can sell. It would make more sense to purchase chickens from her for other families in the community when we return on the next trip.
As goodbyes were said, they especially wanted to send greetings to the “Blancs” (whites) which was Joe and I! But most of all to tell Pattie how grateful they are for her kindness.
If you have been surprised that a gift of $50 can make such a huge difference to a family in Haiti, we encourage you to seek out ways to give a hand up to those in need. Helping families through “Children for a New Haiti” would be delighted to connect you with a family that desperately needs your help. You may contact us at http://childrenforanewhaiti.org/