Just the look on her sweating face made me want to reassure her that her newborn baby would be okay out here in the hot sun. The burning sun mixed with dry blowing dust made my shirt stick to me as I stood there looking at this mother and her newborn wrapped in a towel. Where was I?
In Haiti ….where 1 million + people still live outside in the dirt! And as I walked around the tight tents of 20,000+ people giving away supplies, I see a beat up box truck with a woman inside. And suddenly I was shocked to find out that she had given birth inside this truck just a few days before!!
Her labor came on strong and having no place that was off of the dirty ground – a stranger had seen her gasping and groaning in pain…. and managed to pick her up and lay her inside this truck and left her to go through labor, delivering a child by herself!!! Alone in the heat…. with a toddler beside her and no husband to help her, she somehow delivered her own child without help in this terrible place.
I saw the depths of sorrow in her eyes and knew that she was suffering trying to care for her 2 children. Only another mother can understand how worried she is, how afraid she is, and completely dependent upon other mothers to help her in this her worst hour of life. Moms Against Hunger comes to her aid to help. No words are needed between us – the eyes say it all…. Desperate fear and relief is the only way to describe the look in her eyes. I know she saw love and compassion in mine as I gave her supplies.
Today I need your help….. we have worked diligently gathering all the needed supplies of food, clothing, baby supplies, water, first aid, shoes and portable tents. Lots of time has been spent finding the shipping money to send each container. Then painstaking time has been taken to pack each container and get it across the waters. And one at a time we have shipped an enormous amount of aid to the masses in Haiti still struggling to survive. One by one we have continued to ship necessities to mothers with children. Moms Against Hunger has shipped 18 containers of aid directly to Haiti and our support systems on the ground there. Every time you sent money to me…. we shipped another container to Haiti.
Now I need to go again to Haiti to find out how the mothers with little children are coping and I need your support. I can’t rely on the media to really tell us the truth of what is happening there with the actual people and our co –laborers are very close to the problems. The only way to know what’s truly going on ……is to go myself.
The news tells us of celebrities and politicians who have raised millions of dollars for Haiti and yet the aid has not been seen there. I wish I had their support….. together you and I have shipped millions of dollars worth of aid for pennies!!!! Millions of meals have been given out without raising any money!! How very, very sad that makes me when I KNOW exactly how much it costs to ship aid and equipment. It really makes me sick in my heart to know what could have, should have been done with the millions they have raised. We must continue on.
Please send me to Haiti. Please put in my hands money to distribute to the workers as I visit the warehouses and ongoing work. I intend to bring back a complete report – the good, the bad and the ugly truth of what is happening there for you my friends who have been a silent supply line of aid to hurting people.
Dr Gayla Holley
Moms Against Hunger
° Yes Dr Gayla count me with you…. go and bring me back some answers.
° Yes Dr Gayla here is my financial support to send you to Haiti.
° Yes Dr Gayla I would like to see some current pictures of what is being done there now.
° I will go online and donate my support today www.momsagainsthunger.org