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Grand Basin is excited for Grace!

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After some delays, on February 27, we were finally able to hold a community meeting in Grand Basin in the municipality of Terrier Rouge (population 29,000), where the land for Grace Birth Center is located. It was a huge success! There were around 200 people at the meeting, who are excited for the project; they are eager to see the start of construction that will bring the beginning of the services that will be provided.

IMG_20160227_105833783We wanted to hear all participants to really understand their needs. I was surprised to hear that the Ministry of Health has already prohibited the traditional midwives from delivering babies at home. People are frustrated. They don’t know why this has happened. I am planning to investigate further. It seems the battle has already begun.

The second major concern in the community is the teen pregnancy rate. As it’s said in Creole: timoun ap fe timoun (kids are giving births to kids). People were pleased to hear that a sexual education service is planned for Grace Community Birth Center. They expect these services to put a stop to the unwanted teen pregnancies and thus reduce poverty in the community.

Everyone wanted to know if it was a dream or a reality because very often people come with beautiful projects that they begin and never finish. When I told them that the field is ready and the person who offered it is one of them, they congratulated the donor and all who have supported us in making the papers official. They were even more excited to hear that the well project has been funded and it will be there soon.

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People are thirsty to participate in the development of their community. The elderly want to leave something vital for their children and grandchildren. They will encourage each other to understand the project and participate. They believe that God has sent us to bring life in the community and that name Grace is fitting.

The mayor of the town, who is the sister of the land donor, has pledged her support to the project.

I am appreciative of how much people know what they want and are ready to help us make it happen.

There will be more updates soon as we move into the next steps of the project.

Thanks for your support and love for Haiti. Blessings to you!

Love,
Ninotte

A Community Gathering

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Ninotte and the land donor in Cap Hatien

Next week, while many people have a holiday for carnival season, we are holding a community gathering to introduce the Birth Center project. We want to communicate our goals, intentions, and visions to our local community leaders in order to hopefully gain their support and assistance.

We’re looking to raise $500 to cover travel and supply expenses. Any donation you can provide is greatly appreciated! We are looking forward to this opportunity to share our plans with our local community, who will benefit most from this much needed birth center.

Updates and pictures coming soon.

Thanks for your donations!

Ninotte Lubin, CPM


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Building a Well

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Ninotte with her miniature well.

 

A Christmas Gift!

In December, I traveled to Michigan to spend some time with the Mazzaras and the Mulders, who are both like family to me. My time with them always warms me and encourages me to continue pursing my vision of serving the women and children of the world as a midwife- particularly those of Haiti. They are special people!

Christmas in the States is not comparable to Christmas at home. Poverty has so engulfed the large majority of the Haitian population that every year, waiting for Santa Claus remains a dream. So, Christmas in the states was overwhelming, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

My first Christmas experience last year at Kate’s home in Howell, Michigan was incredible. One of the sweetest moments was, on Christmas day receiving a cup of hot coffee in bed served by her youngest son, Sam. Not to mention other gifts received the same day.

This year, I spent Christmas at Kathi’s house in Traverse City. Christmas eve with the Mulders was GREAT. I had the chance to chat, share, and spend time with my special friends Tara, Celia, and Hannah (Kathi and Craig’s daughters), Susan Odgers, and others. Christmas Day, I received so many gifts that I felt spoiled.

While in Michigan, I shared my progress on the birth center land with Kate and Pete Mazzara. I mentioned to them that the first thing I will need to do it build a well so that we can have water for our center. Surprise! When I got to their house a few days after Christmas, they gave me a miniature well as the symbol of their gift to Grace Birth Center:

They are funding the well!

What a gift! Water!

Water is of major importance to all living things. Water makes up a significant fraction of the human body. Before being born, a baby’s environment is water. There is so much to say about water!

Christmas symbolizes the birth of Jesus, the Savior, my Savior. Midwives help and support women at birth. Jesus, himself in his teachings, spoke a lot about water. He said in John 4:13 “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I don’t mean to say that water offered by Kate and Pete will bring eternal life to the women we will be serving at the birth center; but having water available for them will help with their thirst, the hot weather, the birth environment, our community garden, and so much more.

Thank you Kate and Pete Mazzara!

We love you!

Ninotte Lubin, CPM