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Retired woman going on a mission to Haiti

My mother has been active in the church all her life. She is now going to Haiti to teach people how to use solar ovens.

Haiti is an extremely poor nation. People use wood for fuel to cook with and pateurize water. The solar ovens can do the same job for people...and the sun is free. Many people have no money to buy wood AND most of the trees in Haiti have been chopped down.
This is my mother's way of showing Christ's love for helping others help themselves.

In this photo taken in summer 2003 she stands in back of a solar oven with some other people from our church.
These ovens will literally be taken to Haiti and built there.

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10/30/2004 20:54

On Sunday morning at Wesley United Methodist Church the minsiter will commision my mom for the UMW VIM Volunteers in Mission for her trip to Haiti. She has waited for about a year because the trip was cancelled more than one.

Please take the time to say a prayer and let her know that you will be thinking about her.

She is very excited about this trip. I am a little worried. She very much is looking forward to this trip and has prepared for the harshness of it all.

11/4/2004 20:55

Mom stayed with her brother and wife on Monday nite. Wed the drove her to the motel near the airport where she meet up with other Dakota Conference Volunteers in Mission.
Right now she should be in Port-au-Prince.

11/6/2004 11:46

Got an email today it said,"Arrived safely andwe are enjoying the sights. Weare supposed to begin work
today provided we get a key to the warehouse."
So at least we know she arrived

11/14/2004 15:41

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Haiti at this time due to the volatile security situation. The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued October 9, to reflect the Embassy’s authorized departure status.

U.S. citizens in Haiti are urged to consider departing until the situation is stabilized as travel in Haiti still involves serious risks. Visitors and residents must remain vigilant due to the absence of an effective police force in Haiti; the potential for looting; the presence of intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs or by the police; and the possibility of random violent crime, including kidnapping, car-jacking, and assault. There has been a noticeable escalation in criminal and gang activity since September 30.

Travel can be hazardous within Port-au-Prince. Some areas are off-limits to embassy staff, including downtown Port-au-Prince after dark. The embassy has imposed a curfew, which could change periodically, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Staff members must remain in their homes or in U.S. government facilities during the hours covered by the curfew. The embassy has limited travel by its staff outside of Port-au-Prince and the ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port-Au-Prince remains extremely limited. The area around the city of Gonaives remains a disaster area as a result of the recent hurricanes, with little public services of any kind available. Many international organizations drew down their staffs earlier this year. The UN stabilization force (MINUSTAH) is assisting the government of Haiti in providing security, but it is not fully deployed, and the international presence throughout Haiti will remain limited for some time to come. U.S. businesses continue to operate in Haiti, but take special precautions to protect their facilities and personnel.

U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Haiti despite this Travel Warning must remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and are strongly advised to register either online at or come to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Haiti. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy can be reached at (509) 223-7011, the fax number is (509) 223-9665 and the e-mail address is Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Haiti and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-317-472-2328 from overseas. In Haiti citizens can call 509/222-0200 ext. 2000.

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