Monday, April 5, 2010

Connie's Place - Dental Team Day Two Location

Before telling the story about the Dental Team Day two I think the background of Connie is important to know...
Many people and organizations in Haiti would like to utilize our helicopter but not all require this type of transportation. How to distinct where to give priority is sometimes difficult. At MAF´s (Mission Aviation Fellowship) hangar at the main airport in Port-au-Prince I met one of the many people who are helping in Haiti. After a while of conversation I understood that this person had bumped into a 60+ year old american lady in Haiti´s mountains. There in Clairie she is taking care of 21 orphans. All of them, between one and seven years of age, cases where the mother died during or shortly after birth. Mike who I spoke to was the very next day going to transport food, baby food, diapers and other household supplies up to the place, 3,000 feet above sea level. The next day one of our flights was unexpectedly cancelled. I went through my little handy red book, where I put immediately into all the multiple contacts and information which flow over us every day) and found Mike´s phone number from yesterday. I called him to ask how the transport had gone. Due to heavy rain they couldn´t drive the steep dirt road to reach Connie´s place with the orphanage. Due to our cancelled flight I offered him transportation by helicopter. The same afternoon we performed successfully the flight. Amazing! Baby bed beside baby bed. I saw a good home for all the kids. Many flights since then have been completed for Connie and her 2 local haitian helpers for the household and 2 for the yard. Those places we really see the helicopter in good use and want to make a decision for.
by Martin Schroder

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Samaritan Air Dental Team

Things have finally slowed down enough to get the information out about our Dental Team. The team is listed below.
Dr Mark Kuhl, wife Pam Kuhl, daughter Rachel, Joanna Waylon, Janie Waters, Wilbur Hobgood, Vicki Rigel, Martin, Hunter, and my wonderful Wife Robin. What a group, everyone fit like a glove. It's so nice when you look back on a trip and  see how everyone had their specific purpose.

Day one.
Landed PAP, two of their bags did not show up, well it was one bag and one pitch fork yes I said pitchfork. Martin wanted to bring a pitch fork so the boys could use it to help with the garbage.
And yes you can walk through an airport with a pitchfork.
We unpacked at New Life Children's Home, then set out en-route to  Jean's Village, a dear friend of ours Jean has been working at Christ Fellowship Palm Beach Garden's for many many year's.

Mark and the team quickly set up his Dental office next to the church which had been demolished from the earthquake. The dental office we set up was in the open air under a tin roof, my kind of place.

Mark went into action with the assistance of Janie, Pam and Robin. Wilbur worked crowd control and designated who would sit on the dental table at any given time, Vicki ran the pharmacy. Rachel set up the fluoride treatments. Hunter, Daniel and Martin took a tarp we brought and wrapped it on a leaky roof.
Joanna Waylan a dental hygienist  cleaned teeth, Joanna was very busy with alot of patient's, she managed to finish everyone and did a great job!!!
Jean and his crew were incharge of the list of names and made sure everyone was seen in the proper order.
And me well...... I just stood around and acted like I knew what I was doing.
We also had a translator, Stanley who's House in PAP had collapsed. Stanley was staying in a tent that he set up along with others in the village.

Day two to follow

Monday, March 22, 2010

Super Heros

Pilot \ Mechanic, John Kandel along with Beau Durrua and Travis Parker left Miami at 6:30 for Port Au Prince. They immediately met up with Martin Schroeder and Hunter Parker to complete the helicopter maintenance. As soon as they arrived, they moved the helicopter to the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) hanger and began maintenance.  They were Super Heros because they were in and out and saved the day.  Thank you John for taking time off from your job and away from your family to donate your time and expertise to aid us in our mission.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hunter is Home for a few days.

Hunter made it home for a few day's. Hunter will leave and go back to PAP with Dr Mark Kuhl's team on Friday the 26th of March.

John Kandel, Beau Durrua and Travis Parker arrived in PAP Haiti to meet up with Martin Schroeder to complete the maintenance which is due on the helicopter.
We are very thankful for John Kandel and his family, Beau Durrua and Travis Parker for flying down to complete the maintenance work.
We are also very grateful to MAF for allowing us to use their hangar facility to accomplish the maintenance on the helicopter.

Martin will fly back to the U.S on Monday to meet up with Hunter and the Kuhls to prepare for the trip back down on the 26th.
We were able to see a few friend's tonight after Hunter's arrival home. The picture is of Hunter and Mrs Leslie (TKA Kindergarten Teacher)
Hello TKA Kindergarten Class!!