For the first time in 10 years, and with Hurricane Irma closing in on Haiti, we entered September not knowing how we would meet the monthly finances at our orphanage. As Director Hernst says, “To feed more than 36 children is not a game. In order to be able to do that, we need a lot of help.” Because the stores are very far away and a logistical nightmare in hurricane season, when he goes grocery shopping to supplement what they grow in their gardens, he tries to buy enough supplies to last a month.
Ad-nai blessed! Outside of some flooding and a few downed sugar cane and morenga branches, there was no significant damage after Irma passed. Our children were excited that they got to eat the fresh sugar cane that came down as hurricane Irma passed. What a delicious treat!
As the high holy days began, our children welcomed Rosh Hashanah, eating apples and honey.
On Yom Kippor, the children of Beth Chesed came before Ad-nai to thank Him for His mercy in covering their sins and those of people who have harmed them.