August 2010 Newsletter

by Rev. Vernon Giesbrecht

Dear friend of Double Harvest,

HOW ABOUT A “FLY-OVER” THIS MONTH? A fly-over allows you to see the broader picture but only relatively few details remain impressed on your mind. Here are some fly-over details regarding our work in Haiti. Please remember – you’re in the aircraft with us!

Medical/Surgical Clinic – Over the past months (and until the end of the year), surgery teams have been scheduled once a month to conduct follow-up on earthquake victims and procedures on other patients. We serve a population of 100,000 but some travel six hours for care. Also, construction on an addition is progressing. Soon a prosthetic center, eye care suite, and a larger lab will be operational!

Chloe’s Kitchen – Named after Tom and Vickie VanWingerden’s baby granddaughter who predeceased Tom, this cafeteria will feed a healthy noon meal to our farm workers and students – around 600 people each day. Tom’s Memorial Fund is helping renovate an older building with a new roof, ceramic tile, benches and tables, a food storage cooler, and commercial kitchen appliances purchased at auction and shipped to Haiti.

Tilapia Project – As reported earlier, we thank God that our first 40,000 fish were ready to be harvested the day of the earthquake. We have no doubt that God orchestrated that! Now the fish population has grown to 110,000. Soon they’ll enter the food economy as a nutritious food source for the Haitian people. The filtering system is also designed for sustainability; the fish waste provides fertilizer for our farm vegetables with excellent results.

Rebuilding Housing Project – With 30 homes already built for families who lost their homes in the earthquake, we are well on our way to the projected 200 homes. A recent meeting with the village committees affirmed the help and progress – they are extremely grateful! Inspections, continual training and supervision will ensure that the houses are constructed correctly and will be rodent, hurricane and earthquake proof. Interestingly, mattresses for new homes were declined in favor of giving them to those needing them more!

Thanks for flying with us. Your partnership is greatly appreciated!