April 2009 Circle of 12 Report
Greetings from the DR! First let me thank those of you who took time out of your busy schedules to come out last Tuesday to our Circle of 12 dinner and support us! It was a fun night for me and hopefully for you. We had 46 diners and the band was great. Thanks also to those who donated to the raffle and auction.
Some great news: As of April 1, we are now officially a IRS 501c3 and all checks can now be made directly to Circle of 12.
Here’s the update so far on what I know about our kids:
Mailona Policen: On Thursday Mailona was having such trouble breathing that I took her to the emergency room at Good Sam hospital and she got a nebulizer treatment. The hospital donated a home nebulizer for her to take with her. By Saturday she was fine and we went to the beach with Noemi from Mir and 2 girls with HIV who never get to go to the beach. All had a great time. I am still working on the legal issues for Mailona and hope to have some worked out before I leave. As of now I am one of her two guardians. Circle of 12 takes care of all her needs. Food, clothes, care and medicine.
Nanetta: Nanetta was seen for some PT on her hand. She has issues with her mother beating her lately and I am working on that to make sure that stops! I was told by someone in the Batey that this is happening again. We are accessing her for some schooling.
Cristofer: Cristofer continues in the class for the deaf in Hogar del Ninos. He now uses sign language he has learned for communications with the teachers and students. We also delivered a need new school uniform.
File: Today I took two staff members from Hogar del Ninos to Batey El Salado to meet File. One is the Braille teacher. This Batey is an hour from Hogar del Ninos so it is difficult, but we are trying to get him there 2 times per week for Braille instruction not available in the Batey. We delivered food and some clothes.
Pablito: Pablito has epilepsy and we provide medicine for him. He lives in Salado and he and File are friends. We also delivered food today and medicine.
Santos: We visited Santos and his family. Santos is too old for school but we remain hopeful we can find someone for speech therapy. He always goes crazy when we come and we gave his mom some adult diapers for him to make her life easier and of course some food.
Carmela: You might remember that in my report from February I asked for help for this little girl whose mom is HIV positive and has a problem with her feet. We found a sponsor for her and this week she starts physical therapy. She went to Santo Domingo last week to be fitted for corrective shoes that will also be paid for. After some sessions, she should be able to walk.
Johanna: Johanna is the little girl whose severe foot wound threatens her leg and her life. I have attached a photo of the foot. The wound looks better, but her leg is swollen and she had an abscess near hear groin area. The doctors say that without the amputation she may die, but the father refuses that treatment as he thinks the foot looks better. We should all pray for this little girl. We brought her some food and some pictures I took last time. In fact all our kids got photos.
Emmanuel: I have not seen him yet but will this week!
Circle of 12 property update: We have found an existing property suitable for a small clinic with some property attached. Tom Wright from Maine who is a builder went and surveyed the property and he feels it’s a good one for what we want to do as far as treatments, classes, and location. I am awaiting his recommendations. The property is about $18,000 US dollars. It is in Guyamate near many Bateys and we would own it as opposed to taking our chances with Central Romana and building one on their property in a Batey that they could choose to take back. If we buy it we can bring groups down and utilize others here to paint, clean and build around! As usual, all we need is the money. But for the cost of a Lexus about $36,000 we could have it and outfit it.
Before I forget, thanks to Moorestown Friends school and Katy Rinehart for naming Circle of 12 as their charity this year for their Emancipation Rocklamation fest this year, the raised $1100 for us! Gracias.
That’s all for now, more later.