A Little News from Little by Little...
We are so excited to announce that Sue Walsh's book, Walking in Broken Shoes: A Nurse's Story of Haiti and the Earthquake, has been named the 2012 Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year in its category!
You can order Sue's award-winning book about Little by Little's work in Haiti on the official Walking in Broken Shoes website.
Some Notes About the 2010 Earthquake...
On January 12, 2010 a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti. Centered near Petionville, just outside Port-au-Prince, the quake caused unimaginable damage. At the time of the earthquake, Little By Little’s Team 7 was just completing their week long medical mission trip at Mountain Top Ministries’ (MTM) clinic in Gramothe. They saw and treated over 1,000 people at the clinic, bringing improved health and their gentle touch to each patient. Immediately after the earthquake these same 23 volunteers became first responders at a nearby hospital which had very limited supplies, one doctor, and a few nurses. Within an hour a few team members returned with a truckload of supplies including bandages, IV equipment, suturing materials, antibiotics and pain medications. They worked for hours, well past midnight to treat over 100 severely injured people. With prayers, tears and heavy hearts, team members watched the most severely injured die, and all were held close.
For the next two days, Team 7 continued to see the injured in the front yard of our MTM host's home, not able to be idle while awaiting safe transport back to the US. With conflicting emotions they left Haiti on Friday January 15, returning safely to Chicago on Saturday. While waiting for hours on the tarmac at the Port-au-Prince airport, the team witnessed firsthand the outpouring of aid from around the world. Seeing supplies, search-and-rescue teams, surgeons and others coming off the planes gave them some comfort that those best trained and equipped to deal with the devastating effects of the earthquake had arrived. Those efforts, however, are just the beginning of what will need to be a humanitarian aid effort of a scale never seen before. Those treated the night of the earthquake along with so many untreated will need ongoing medical care to survive.
Little By Little remains fully committed to its core mission of faithfully partnering with those in need of improved health and well-being. We have medical teams preparing to return to Haiti as soon as the conditions permit.
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