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Our Cathedral Parish Nurse E.A. Cole has been chosen as “2017 CHM Faith Community Nurse of the Year!” Norton Healthcare defines a Parish Nurse as a “registered professional nurse who is actively licensed in a given state and who serves as a member of the staff of a faith community. The faith community nurse promotes wholeness of the faith community, its groups, families, and individual members through the practice of nursing as defined by that state's nurse practice act in jurisdiction in which the faith community nurse practices.” E.A. was chosen from the many outstanding Parish Nurses from our local community to receive this award.  E.A.’s faith filled dedication to the Cathedral, it’s ministries and community outreach, especially to those whose circumstances prevent them from being able to attend the Cathedral is an amazing gift to us.Thank you E.A. for bringing this honor to our Cathedral Parish!

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit www.tek4kids.org


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Day 1.
After arising at 3:30am we departed Lou. International at 6:00 am on AA Embraer EMB 175 to Miami, where we got on a Boeing 767 Jet to Port au Prince. There we got on a Cherokee 6 about the size of a medium SUV. Thankfully we did not need to get on another plane as we did not have any rubber bands.

If we are lucky there may be photos of Dave with two of his BFF.

Dave & BFFYou might note their hand in Dave's pocket waiting for their tip from helping with loading luggage on the Cherokee, yes it did hold luggage and five people.

Rogers Plane

Also there is a photo as we approach the runway at Jeremie International.

Jeremie Air Strip

Other than arriving a bit worse for wear, today was not real productive. Dave and I did spend some time at the Rectory of St. Louis Cathedral looking at a building being used for feeding the homeless. We are to meet with Father Emile to discuss improvements to the building.
That about covers the days activity other then the mundane. As always keep us and the people of Haiti in your prayers.

Peace, Jack


This is Bob Glaser's final blog.  We have been updating our web site and I'm just now getting to this final installment.

Thursday Nov.20

Today is the last day of work on this trip to Haiti.  We tried to complete as much as possible and make sure there are no loose ends hanging when we leave. Unfortunately we were unable to complete the Monfort Orphanage and school water treatment project.  We did however make a lot of progress and the project will be completed on the next trip by Tek4Kids in December.  However I will not be there to see the final results.  I do feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to be a part of this worthy project. The children there are so adorable.  It makes me want to take them home with me.

I am looking forward to coming home tomorrow but a little sad because this was an experience I will never forget.  The team I have had a chance to spend the last two weeks with are awesome people and I have the highest respect for the dedication and work they are doing. I also leave a little of my heart here in Haiti.  The people here that I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know are wonderful.  The people living in Jeremie need and are so appreciative of our support.  I do plan to return on another trip in the future. I am returning within a week from Thanksgiving and this experience has made me realize how much I have to be thankful for.  I hope I never take the comforts and blessings I have at home for granted.  This experience has made me wonder why I have been granted the wonderful life I have and the people in Haiti have the life they have. I will never feel bad when I have a hardship or challenge in the future. I will just respond to it and continue to count my blessings.

Bob

 

Notes from Bob Glaser

Friday Nov 14
Went to the last school we support that I had not yet seen.  It was St. Therese Montessori school.  The children there were awesome. They followed us everywhere and acted like we made their day being there.  I can see why Gary and Cathy are so dedicated to helping the schools Tek4 Kids are supporting. 

Spent a lot of my day walking around Jeremie with Gary while he paid his bills.  We went to the money store where they transfer money from accounts in the states, went to Natcom who provides our internet service, the utility company to resolve issues with our electric bill and then to a couple stores to do pricing on parts we need for our projects that can not be carried in from the states on our trips.  Then went to check on a few projects that are all being done on this trip.

Saturday Nov 15
Started at 7:30 working on some problems at a couple places, checked on a couple projects being worked by vendors we use and then went up to the orphanage and school where we are putting in electric battery power and water treament systems and tanks.  It was a very long day and we accomplished more than we thought possible. 

 

I am getting to experience a complete build of the battery/converter system, and the building of the water treatment system.  This trip is mostly learning and I get to hand Gary tools and do a few small jobs on my own.  One large job was laying 260 feet of water pipe and elecrical wiring in a ditch dug by some Haitian workers.  This was to get the water and electric to the school from the pump house.  When you are a new guy and have little knowledge you get to do the grunt work.  I don't mind as long as I am doing something to help. We still have a lot yet to do but there is always another day.

I was always used to Saturday being a slower day and then maybe watching a football or basketball game.  Not at Tek4Kids, where we have more to do than we have time.  Gary already informed me we would be back at work as soon as we get back from Sunday mass tomorrow.  When you are doing good for the less fortunate there is no time to rest.  We can do that when we return home at the end of next week.

This has to be the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life and I have assured Gary and Cathy that I will make another trip in early 2015. 
Bob

Sunday Nov.16

Notes from Bob Glaser

Went to church at the Jeremie cathedral (Cathedral St Louis is our sister parish here at Cathedral of the Assumption).  The church is very old and you need to have faith that God will take care of you to enter a building that looks that unsafe. Mass lasted 2 hours and seemed even longer since I was unable to understand anything that was said.  As I was leaving church I noticed an older man urinating outside the church in a corner of the church in public.  It surprised me but seemed to be normal to the Haitians.

After church we changed into our work clothes and went to fix an electrical problem at our wood working vendor's shop. (Dave - this must be Marcel's shop) This was not our plan for the day but on these trips things always happen that cause a change to our schedule.  We must be adaptable to do the most important thing at the time.  We spent 4 hours and finally got things working.  At that point we decided to call it a day and get some rest. I was never one to take a nap but the afternoon rest and a short nap really helped.

An old guy like me has developed the retirement mentality that when you get tired working a project you quit because there is always tomorrow to complete it.  Doing this work with Tek4Kids is much different.  We have a very limited time and so much to do that it is hard to stop when you get tired.  You learn to persevere in order to complete the job. I mentioned to one of our Hatian employees that they are working me like an old pack mule and he said "welcome to Tek4Kids" (Dave - Sounds like Baba talking!).  I guess my initiation is over.

Friday morning, 11/14

The team has been quiet ... not too many emails.  Not sure if they are busy or power is lacking.  I did get some pictures recently.

Little Plane

Gary, Cathy, Don and Bob ready to climb into Roger's little plane.  Clouds looming in the background.  I've not heard the full story, but I understand the flight from Port au Prince to Jeremie was in the rain and they arrived later than usual.  Roger was concerned about flying back as dark was approaching, so he spent the night with the gang.   Gary got some grief about the bumpy ride, but Cathy felt much better after hearing about Roger's flying experience in Alaska and Africa.

Team at Bro Paulin

Team at Bro Paulin School with Sr Macda.  Sr Macda is a force.  I met her 2 years ago.  Watching and listening as Baba translated between her and Gary was a real experience.  Between her facial expressions and arm waving, I knew it was interesting without hearing the translation!

Baba and Daughter

Baba and his almost 2 year old daughter, Fluerna.  She really likes her daddy!

When I get some more news, I'll pass it on. 

Dave