Wallace and Edith Haws were called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Humanitarian/Welfare Specialists in the Dominican republic. This blogsite is dedicated to our family and friends who want to follow our adventure.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
For pictures and movies click:HERE Be sure to click on the movies!
What is it like to not be able to walk or run on your
own?What is it like to be missing a
leg?Unless you have a disability you
don’t really know what it is like and all the challenges that confront you
through the day.We were reminded of our
own blessings in several different ways this week.
Wheelchair made in the Dominican Republic in a shop created partially by Church donations
We completed a humanitarian project for a Hogar de Ancianos
(home for the elderly) in which we purchased a lot of things they needed
(washers, commercial dryer, rocking chairs, etc) to do their job better.The home is run by Catholic Nuns and other
doctors, nurses, groundskeepers, etc. and supported by well-to-do people in the
community. Hogar de Ancianos San
Antonio de Padua was established with that name on 11 Feb 1988.
Wallace spoke with a resident about Trujillo.He is the first person we have met that has
anything good to say about Trujillo.This old man remembers the dictator as a benevolent to his family and
only had good things to say.
In 1985 Padre Marceleno Ibarreta
and his Parish established a place to address a common concern of how to help
elderly people who were begging in the city streets. He set up a shelter to
help them. The Hogar, or nursing home, has been providing live-in care for elderly
needy men and women for 24 years. Today they are serving 30 of the very poor
who would otherwise be homeless on the street and are planning to expand their
facility to accommodate up to 40.
is the guitar playing Nun.
to get out of them what he should be feeding his little guitar to make it
The missionaries all pitched in to sing a song
with Wallace accompanying on the Ukulele.
attending the closing at Hogar Ancianos in Bonao we took the opportunity to
visit the Church Camp.Here are some
pictures from our visit.It is a
gorgeous camp unmatched anywhere in the church.
Joanne Hammon and Jill Dunford
We have an ongoing Area Project with a local orthopedics
company.We had the chance to attend a
closing ceremony where 6 people received their prosthetic legs.The most touching was that of Dileny, a
little girl who lost her leg from the hip down to cancer. If you go to the link above you will see a video of her taking some of her first steps with this amazing orthopedic leg.
We took advantage of being able to borrow a 4-wheel vehicle
to deliver some supplies we purchased as part of an Area Humanitarian Project
to a little school in the mountains above the city of San Cristobal.
Wallace did his famous magic trick to make a peso disappear
right before your very eyes and then pull it out of someone’s ear.Wallace gave the little boy the peso he
pulled out of the boy’s ear, but much to Wallace’s surprise and for the 1st
time ever, the little boy did not want to accept the Peso!Who wants pesos coming out of their ear
Rolando Marte sits among the
children of Macao school.He is the
champion of the project--without him it would not have happened.
This is our feature story for the week.The Church donates about 1500 wheelchairs and
other handicap aids every year to the Dominican Republic.We attended a closing ceremony to celebrate
the first Fabrication Workshop for wheelchairs ever set up in the DR.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints provided funds for the fabrication, training by Optima Whirlwind and
supplies to build 300 wheelchairs.The
workshop is set up in the faculties of Associación Dominicana Rehabilitatión (ADR)
and so they were now displaying the product that is ready for
distribution.The ceremony celebrated
the first 100 chairs fabricated in the DR which the Church purchased and then
returned as a donation to our partners, ADR, ASODIFIMO, and CANIDIS to be
distributed to the poor.Among those
attending were other contributors to the project, which included:The Embassy of Canada, Office of the First
Lady and the National Dominican Lottery.
of ADR, Mary Perez Marranzini speaks during the Ceremony
Jill and Rob Dunford, Missionaries assigned to Public Affairs
Joanne Hammon and Edith Haws
Bernardo Hernandez, 2nd Counselor in the Stake Presidency,
Auturo Perez, National Executive President ADR, Mary Marranzini, President ADR,
Wallace and Edith Haws