After visiting Haiti years ago and feeling helpless about the thousands of people [in distress from the 2010 earthquake], (especially in the remote mountains with absolutely no access to medical help or clean drinking water, causing high death rates and intense suffering from malnutrition and disease), I was blessed to have someone pay my way to LPN school while I was caring for two children on my own.
After graduation, I worked ICU, CCU, with occasional visits to Haiti, until the job I loved as a nurse grew heavier each day.
I have carried [children] 18 hrs with teams in open air clinics, on rugged leaky boats.
[They] were dying, so swollen with kwashiorkor malnutrition. They were suffering, so weak with pain and dysentery, that many would die on the boats or soon after arrival in the pathetic hospitals.
I remembered the moms [were] so desperate that walked down mountains all night carrying their babies in tears hoping for hope! Then some moms [were] so desperate they would wade out in the water as we left and in tears almost throw their babies in the boat so they would have a chance to live.
I prayed, quit my job, did speaking engagements, fund raising, and began to host many teams into the mountains with no medical care. We rented a house in PAP, placed workers, and started bringing the dying kids in. We saw miracles after miracles.
Today, we have five acres where hundreds have been rescued, many churches and teams still come from the U.S., paying their own expenses and 70 Haitian employees caring for 120 angels daily and more being rescued .
We assist many orphanages that started after the earthquake. Many have little or no food, many still have never had medical treatment or even a check up. We have looked death in the face, taking the lives of many and buried so many children over the years.
We are working on many mountain projects , as 1000 kids are fed weekly.
We operate a clinic, water projects etc. Our goal now is a hospital for 80, 000 people.
We need your prayers and another big miracle!!
Why? How?? All because that beautiful 91-year-old angel before she went to heaven told me she would pay my way to nursing school, little did she know then but will one day will of the thousands of children who have found life. She put the most precious gift into my hands, my nursing education.
I can never thank God enough for this precious gift that continues to open hearts. I really believe that as nurses, each one of us called in the area God places us to be His hands extended. Please always remember that it's not just knowledge, but compassion that makes the difference.
Miriam Frederick Dr, New Life Children's Home, PAP Haiti