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At Least 28 Dead After Boat Carrying Haitian Migrants Sinks Off Bahamas

New York Times on Haiti - Feb. 3, 2019 - 11:01 pm
An official said the ship appeared to be an American vessel engaged in people-smuggling.
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At least 28 Haitians are dead in the Bahamas

Miami Herald Haiti news - Feb. 3, 2019 - 2:16 pm
At least 28 Haitians are dead in waters near the island of Abaco in the Bahamas after the vessel carrying them apparently sunk. … Click to Continue »
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In a tragedy at sea, at least 16 Haitians are dead in the Bahamas

Miami Herald Haiti news - Feb. 3, 2019 - 12:31 pm
At least 16 Haitians are dead in waters near the island of Abaco in the Bahamas after the vessel carrying them apparently sunk. The death toll is expected to grow … Click to Continue »
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Gun shop owner found guilty of trafficking semi-automatic guns, ammunition to Haiti

Miami Herald Haiti news - Feb. 1, 2019 - 8:54 pm
A former U.S. Marine sergeant and Orlando gun shop owner was found guilty by a Fort Lauderdale federal jury Friday of conspiring with a Haiti senator and others to illegally … Click to Continue »
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Arms trafficking case in U.S. court spotlights Haiti’s illegal weapons problem

Miami Herald Haiti news - Feb. 1, 2019 - 8:25 am
A week after U.S.. government officials informed an Orlando gun shop owner that his request to export semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and ballistic armor to Haiti had been denied, the federally … Click to Continue »
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As crisis in Venezuela escalates, Caribbean nations take sides, Haiti joins U.S.

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 25, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Caribbean leaders are slamming the Trump administration for interfering in Venezuela, with the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines accusing the U.S. of “carrying out a coup d’ … Click to Continue »
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As Haitians go without fuel, 312,000 barrels sit off the coast awaiting payment

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 19, 2019 - 7:26 pm
Haitians continued to search for gas Saturday as the Houston-based fuel reseller defended its decision to put five cargo ships filled with gasoline and diesel on “financial hold” in waters … Click to Continue »
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What’s behind Haiti’s gas shortage and power blackout? Try $80 million in unpaid bills

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 18, 2019 - 11:39 am
As Haiti’s largest mobile-phone provider, Digicel burns about 650,000 gallons of diesel a month to keep its cellphone towers running and the lights on in all of its buildings, including … Click to Continue »
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How did Haiti’s international jazz festival snag one of music’s hottest stars?

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 16, 2019 - 3:10 pm
As the husband-and-wife duo behind Haiti’s premier international musical event, Joel Widmaier and Milena Sandler Widmaier are used to presenting major jazz celebrities: Branford Marsalis, Jed Levy Quartet, Julie Michels … Click to Continue »
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9 years ago - Nou pap janm bliye

Livesay Haiti - Jan. 12, 2019 - 9:59 am
Phoebe, Hope, Isaac Livesay - photo taken 3 Days before the Palace fell - 2010

Link to First Post after EQ

Link to Google Doc of the memories we took time to write out.

Collette as she waited on a helicopter to the ship
She had a broken pelvis and was 9 months pregnantCollette gave birth to Esther on the US Comfort Ship
Esther was the first baby born for their Haiti EQ deployment

We saw news people everywhere we went 

Jean lost his foot in the EQ - he had surgery days later to finish the amputation and prevent infection.
After surgery he worked with Physical Therapists to learn to walk again.
Dokte Jen worked with dozens of kids that lost limbs and fingers.
Troy described the airport as the Wild West in those early days after the EQ
A photo we took a few days after the EQ, life must go on.

Life Does Go On.

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Dad to Five Daughters: A Newly Discovered Passage

Livesay Haiti - Jan. 11, 2019 - 2:47 pm
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 1 My children, these things write I unto ye, that ye be wise and endangereth not your life with cluelessness. 
And hereby I do proclaimeth until the end of days that we do not fully know what your earthy father doeseth for us. 
3She that dare sayeth, “Mom, I know that!”, and, “No, you are wrong”, keepeth not their cool, is a liar, and the truth is not in her/him.
I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye should have heard from the beginning. 
5 Geteth this and geteth it now, for ye hath heard not what I already dun said.
Again, I write unto you, be grateful for your good Dad because the darkness is past, and the light now shineth. 
7He endureth for the ages to picketh up your boyfriends and he comlaineth not and he keepeth his cool even though he be quite afraid you will geteth hurt. 
Fathers be good to your daughters ...
Daughters be good to your father too.

Troy Livesay married me many moons ago. He instantly became a dad to two daughters, they were eight and four years old at the time. 
He rocked the protector Dad role from day one. He made the oldest daughter's first boyfriend come to our house for apple pie with his parents before he would consider any other dating. We moved to Haiti when she was 15 years old. He watched as she fell in love at age 16 (with a boy on a short term mission trip to Haiti, no less!) and went off with her Prince Charming by 18.  (Totally working out - year ten anniversary trip happening right now.) 
He drove Paige to and from dates in Haiti before she graduated from High School. One time he drove her to break-up with a boy and witnessed an awkward teary scene. Once Paige was in college he invited her new boyfriend to spend six weeks with us in Haiti because it was the right thing to do and time was of the essence.  (Thank the Lord, that one worked out too! Year four anniversary was this week.) 
Troy is now on to daughter number three (of five) that is entering the "Daaaaddddddy, will you please allow my boyfriend to come visit" stage.  This (our norm) is not the regular way it happens in developed nations.  
Here in Haiti we have limited vehicles, limited time, and unlimited traffic jams. If a boy is to come see our girl, they must travel far - & for infinite amounts of time in order to reach a meeting spot where Troy has also traveled for an infinite amount of time. There has never been a boyfriend date in Haiti where a young man showed up in his own car and took our daughter for dinner and returned her in a few hours to our door. 
Dates in Haiti require Troy's participation and mercy. 
Hope was excited to see her male friend this afternoon. Troy made it happen.
Paige wrote me today and said, "The number of boys that Dad has had to awkwardly pick up for his gals, bless it. He has a special place in Heaven." 
Amen. I think so. 
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Haiti by the Numbers

Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch - Jan. 11, 2019 - 10:27 am

Years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti: 9

Estimated number of aftershocks that measured 4.5 or greater: 59

Number of people who died in the earthquake, according to Haitian government: 316,000

Number of people displaced: 1,300,000

Number of people who remained in internally displaced persons camps, as of September 2017: 37,867

Estimated population of Canaan, a barren hillside north of the capital, pre-earthquake: 0

Estimated population of Canaan now: 300,000

Minimum number of new homes necessary to meet demand: 500,000

Estimated damage and economic losses from earthquake, in percent of Haiti’s GDP: 120 percent

Total amount of aid disbursed by donors, since 2010: $7,538,885,632

Amount of aid given to the government in the form of budget support: $280,844,071

Total amount of approved World Bank projects in Haiti since the earthquake: $1.167 billion

Total aid awarded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID): $2.3 billion

Of that amount, percent of which was given to organizations or companies located inside the Beltway (Maryland, DC, Virginia): 55.5 percent

Percent of which was awarded directly to Haitian organizations or companies: 2.3 percent

Total amount of contracts awarded to the DC-based company Chemonics International: $298.55 million

Total amount of contracts awarded directly to all Haitian firms: $52.95 million

Amount allocated by USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank to support the Caracol Industrial Park, the flagship post-quake project: $350 million

Number of miles from the earthquake epicenter to Caracol: 190

Date on which the industrial park was inaugurated: October 22, 2012

Number of jobs the State Department promised the new industrial park would create: 65,000

Total number of jobs at the industrial park, as of 2017: 10,214

Percent by which garment sector employment has increased countrywide since 2010: 93 percent

Minimum number of residents displaced by the construction of the Caracol Industrial Park: 400

Date on which those 400 residents reached an agreement with the IDB and Haitian government on corrective measures, including access to new land: December 19, 2018

Daily minimum wage in the garment sector: 420 gourdes (less than $6)

Daily minimum wage requested by unions: 1000 gourdes

Percent of garment factories noncompliant with social security and other benefit payments in 2018: 75 percent

Total remittances sent to Haiti in 2018, according to the World Bank: $2.5 billion

Haiti’s rank among countries with the highest remittances as a share of GDP: 5

Minimum number of Haitians who emigrated to Chile in 2017: 105,000

Number of Haitians living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS): 59,000

Date on which then-candidate Trump proclaimed that he would be Haiti’s “greatest champion”: September 16, 2016

Date on which the US announced it was ending TPS for Haitians: November 20, 2017

Date on which it was reported that President Trump referred to Haiti as a “shithole” country: January 11, 2018

Date on which a trial in New York commenced contesting the US decision to end TPS: January 7, 2019

Ratio of per capita public health funding in Haiti compared to Cuba: 1:60

Percent by which child mortality decreased, between 1990 and 2015: 50 percent

Factor by which Haiti’s child mortality rate remains greater than the Latin America and Caribbean average: 5

Percent of health facilities that charge user fees: 93 percent

Percent of the national budget that went to health in 2004: 16.6

In 2016: 4.4

Percent of national budget that went to the Senate and Chamber of Deputies last year: 5.8 percent

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A trial on whether Trump has the right to end TPS for Haiti ends. Now comes the wait

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 11, 2019 - 6:00 am
A federal trial in New York challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for thousands of Haitians, concluded Thursday with internal government emails showing that … Click to Continue »
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A boat with 70 Haitians on way to U.S. turns around after confronted by Coast Guard

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 6, 2019 - 4:38 pm
The journey of about 70 Haitian migrants trying to reach the United States was cut short Sunday after U.S. and Haitian Coast Guard crews stopped a 40-foot boat in the … Click to Continue »
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Haiti’s Guy Philippe, convicted of money-laundering, has lost a bid for freedom

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 4, 2019 - 6:04 pm
Guy Philippe won’t be getting out of the U.S. prison system anytime soon. The convicted money launderer and elected Haitian senator — who was also at various times a law … Click to Continue »
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People are Not Statistics - But Statistics Help

Livesay Haiti - Jan. 4, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Sandra gave birth to her baby December 26, 2018
Baby Isaac was the last baby of 2018 for HMC
The tendency in doing any work is to look at the outcomes from a purely statistical approach. 

How many? What categories? What cost per person?

At the Heartline Maternity Center we transparently report statistics and share our outcomes with donors.

We believe that some of the best things that happen, cannot and do not show up in a statistics report. 

These numbers will never tell you how many hours were spent massaging backs, how many tears were shed over abuse, loss, or betrayal, or how many words of encouragement or prayers happened.

The day to day work is incredibly relational. Because of the environment created by decades of material poverty, the relational needs are intense and vital to the work of midwifery.  It is not possible to work with a woman in child-bearing years (in Haiti) that has not had trauma.  That person does not exist here.

To know that the mother in labor has lost one baby to what she believes was a curse, and another to entrapment of the head during a breech delivery because of inadequate care, is to approach prenatal care and the birth with a unique empathy that cannot be quantified with statistics.

The statistics do tell a story, they just don't tell the whole story.  Hopefully we have done a decent job of sharing stories this last year.  It is with the weight of responsibility that we share anything. Our hope and prayer is that we honor the women we work with, telling their stories is something we do with caution and intentional forethought and discussion.

The stats below will possibly mean more to people that work in the area of Maternal Health, and especially to those that work within a developing world setting.  We are proud of some of these findings and excited to continue to gather data in the years to come.

One note on our culture of care. Because we value Haitian medical professionals and want to employ as many as possible, we don't take students or medical volunteers from North America to get/have an experience here. We need and want to be sure we are investing in the local workforce, doing career development and further training with them. They will always be in Haiti and their skills being fine-tuned to serve and help their neighbors is our first priority. We welcome tours 6 days a week when an appointment is made and are happy to show you the Maternity Center. 

The only rare exception is for coverage when we have two or more staff members gone on vacation or emergency situation. In that case we ask for CNM or CPM with Haiti experience and some language skills. If you are that person, and are interested, please contact us to be added to our list.

We love what we do at the HMC and we hope to share our model with anyone that wants to copy it.


118 Babies were born to Moms that were in the Heartline Prenatal Program in 2018

(We made a mistake and counted wrong, we apologize for putting out a number that was not correct in late December.)

116 Babies lived
1 baby died due to prematurity at a hospital,
1 baby died due to a cord prolapse at the hospital
(we are working on meeting with that hospital)

53boys (2 passed away)
65 girls

Two years ago we started something new. We began giving any G1 or higher risk for Pre-E woman  Calcium and Aspirin every day for the duration of the pregnancy.  We needed to give it time in order to report that findings, but we have three-year stats to compare and see how well it is working.

(SIDE NOTE - in 2015 we did NO Calcium and Asprin and we had a 26% Pre-E rate)

The Pre-E rate for 2016-2017-2018 is 10.3%

2016 Pre-E  11%
2017 Pre-E  6.3%
2018 Pre-E 13.5%

For the last 3 years - The transfer (to another hospital due to complication) rate is 25.7%

Last 3 years rate for C/Section is 13.2%

In 2018 only we had a  - 2.5% PPH rate

First time Moms made up  52.5.% of our clients

1,725 - Prenatal Visits
4,050 - Vitals Signs on Thursdays
Oldest Mom to Deliver  42 years old
Youngest  15 years old

The last three years: 3.3% Preterm labor (prior to 37 weeks)

10 people kicked out due to poor attendance. For us attendance is key. We don't allow the women to miss a Thursday without contacting us first and having their consult rescheduled.

2 babies born at home (because Mom could not get out fast enough)
1 baby born in the street in front of the MC

830 Women received Family Planning (Depo Provera mostly)

2018 - 2.5% miscarriage

3 year total 16-17-18 - 3.4 miscarriage (loss of baby up to 20 weeks gestation)

0 - IUFD in last three years (20 weeks to term)

Biggest success story of the year, Baby Ruth born at 32 weeks and is thriving. 

Biggest challenge of the year, Baby Wisler born at term in November - still hospitalized and undiagnosed

Two shoulder dystocia -- with resuscitation  - Scary one was 5 minutes long with a 4.5 min resuscitation

85% of the babies born at HMC were delivered by Haitian Midwives

Increased the number of women we serve by 31% over the last two years


2019 Births were kicked off last night:

Midwife Mica with Guetly in early labor
Guetly and her daughter right after she was born,
pictured with her sister
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Coast Guard suspends search for Miami-bound Haitian child and suspected smuggler

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 3, 2019 - 9:23 am
The search for a 9-year-old child and the man suspected of trying to smuggle the child and eight other people into the United States was called off Wednesday afternoon, the … Click to Continue »
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Coast guard searching for missing Haitian child after migrant boat capsized

Miami Herald Haiti news - Jan. 1, 2019 - 9:54 pm
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two people, including a 9-year-old child, after their boat capsized during a suspected migrant smuggling trip to Miami. The boat, an 18-foot vessel, … Click to Continue »
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Your Mourning Will Turn Into Dancing

Livesay Haiti - Dec. 31, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard.
 -Victoria Alexander 

I don't know how many hundred photos we take in a year. 
Too many hundred.  

This is the one photo that defines this year we are about to usher outI remember what we were crying about and I know what we feared. The months ahead proved to be disorienting and painful.We are all grateful to bring a year of confusion and disappointment to an end.

(I recognize that this reference to the troubling events is vague and it is intentionally so. I apologize for that.) 

I have previously shared here that during this challenging year I became a daily evening cocktail person. 

In October when Troy and I went to Alberta for our 20th wedding anniversary I had the space and time to examine the way my habits had grown more and more unhealthy. 

I was pushing away anger, sadness, and grief by having a drink or two every night. Occasionally I waited until the kitchen was empty to go have a third drink. It happened so gradually without me really steping back or seeing myself and how often I was choosing to numb out. I believed and told myself, "You deserve this. Your life is stressful."  

On our trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth (HI CANDADA!) I had a lot of time to sit in the beauty of creation and talk with God. I had time to listen. I chose to allow myself to not be ALWAYS busy so that I could hear. I think staying busy and never sitting in silence is another way I numb out. I decided while we were in Canada to work on feeling all the terrible feelings and to attempt to not numb anything. I stopped drinking 61 days ago. I am still uncomfortable with the clarity it provides and the extra time it gives me to feel and think, but I am trying to be less numb and less busy in order to intentionally meet with God. 

I am so shocked by the number of people (women especially) that shared that they feel they are also in an unhealthy relationship with food or alcohol or internet or or or any number of things. To each of you that wrote and said, "me too", thank you for choosing to be vulnerable with me. You made me feel less alone in my struggle. 

There are so many great resources out there for "gray area" drinking habits. I found these two articles especially helpful:

An excerpt that explains my motivation for sharing from the link above: 

It’s one thing to want to stop drinking in private, it’s another thing entirely to tell the people in your life that you’re actively cutting back. This makes a massive difference in your success.
When you privately want to stop drinking, you’re still living within the same relationships and environments that are leading you to drinking in the first place.It’s easy to justify drinking when no one is holding you accountable, when you haven’t changed the dynamics of stating you’re no longer drinking.This was a hurdle for me, because if I told people about wanting to be sober, I actually had to do it.
If you don’t tell people, you’re basically planning to fail. So tell someone, tell your friends you’re cutting back, you’re only drinking 1 night a week, or whatever goal you have set. Make sure it’s a concrete goal (ie. I’m not drinking during the work week) instead of vague (ie. I’m cutting back on my drinking). That way it’s discernable and measurable for you and everyone else around you."2. ** ** ** **
I don't have a lot of advice to offer at day 61, but I do know that a lot of folks are dealing with wounds and you are not alone.

In spite of the challenges we faced, God faithfully and generously provided. He worked with our wound. Heartline Ministries had a really good year.  

If you are interested in reading a brief year-end summary, please visit HERE .

If you are interested in giving a year-end gift before midnight brings us to 2019, go here.

If you are interested in seeing the 12 Days of Christmas featuring all things Haiti, see this:

Happy New Opportunities for wholeness in 2019.

T & T & Crew 
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The Dog Angel

Livesay Haiti - Dec. 30, 2018 - 6:51 pm

On a hot June afternoon in 1989, the summer between my Junior and Senior year of high school, my little sister somehow convinced my parents that I needed a dog for my seventeenth birthday. I am not sure why she was working this idea so hard when my birthday was still five weeks away. I had not ever been given a dog for a gift, I was not some sort of dog fanatic, I wasn't asking for a puppy. 

I cannot say I understand what motivated her to begin this crusade on my behalf, but she is nothing if not persistent. You don't know the number of dogs that have joined my family as a result of my sister's fierce passion and perseverance.  

You don't know, because I can't tell you.  It is that many.

The guy I had been dating for almost two years had a Samoyed. Even though we didn't herd reindeer, or even regular deer, my sister begged my parents for the same breed.

My sister is the youngest and we know now that youngest children have magical super powers. The youngest can make parents do things those same parents would otherwise label as utter nonsense.

Lydia suggests things and confetti falls from the sky in celebration of her wonderful ideas.  Ask our oldest, Britt, this was not her childhood experience.

My little sister Tina, at age 14, knew that she had a window of opportunity.  She broke their will and got my parents to see a Samoyed puppy right away, even though it was not time to give me a gift.

When Tina is involved, seeing a Samoyed puppy is buying a Samoyed puppy; and that is exactly what happened.

On that particular Saturday in June, I was with my boyfriend. I was 16 and he was 18.  We both had July birthdays, so we were nearing the wiser older ages of 17 and 19.
Saturday 24 June 1989
The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Teklemariam Medhin . In that special week of June people in US were listening to Satisfied by Richard Marx.{Go ahead and google Teklemariam Medhin.  I don't know him. He's not that famous.}
It turns out that teenagers without fully developed frontal lobes make choices and decisions that are totally and completely hormone driven.   

This is how, on the same day my boyfriend and I lost our virginity (and ALSO MANAGED TO make a baby),  I also received a Samoyed puppy. 

Now you may be wondering what the point of this story is, and why I chose to share it.  

Me too.

That puppy was named Angel. She was not that.  

My family has laughing fits remembering the winters of 1989 to 1995. 

The most vivid Angel memories involve my Dad running through deep snow in his rose colored bathrobe trying to catch that defiant dog and get her to come back in the house.

The baby came 40 weeks later. 
She was named Brittany.
She is a dog lover.
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