P.O. Box 202
Friendswood, Texas 77549
Builders Without Borders of Texas, Inc., is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping others help themselves by assisting with food, housing, education, and medical services to disadvantaged people locally and around the world.
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206 E. Edgewood
Friendswood, Texas 77546
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Some of the greatest stories of life change and transformation come from our College Sponsorship Program students. Remember that these were children whose education was going to end with the eighth grade. They are now high school and college graduates living, working and impacting the future of their country. We are so proud of them! Here is Miranda's story.
In 2008, this picture of Miranda was taken on the pavilion at our team house in Carbonera and then put into our College Sponsorship Program packet with the following caption:
Miranda was born on June 30, 1990. She would like to attend the law school at U.A.T in Ciudad de Victoria and become a lawyer. Miranda’s parents are Ismael and Idalia. She has one younger brother and one younger sister.
Left Photo: Miranda on a Mexican radio station speaking about women's rights and empowerment.
Right Photo: Miranda works with Mexican children in theater to help them build confidence and self-esteem.
Some of the most immediate impact on lives that we get to see is at our eye surgery clinics. Hundreds of people have had their sight restored following surgery. Dramatic results can often be seen the day after surgery when patients return to have their bandages removed. Our volunteers get to be present for some very moving moments when bandages are removed and tears of joy begin to flow from patients and their family members, as they realize that they can see. For some, it has been many years since they saw the faces of their family.
One of the stories comes from Jose. This is a picture of Jose and his son. For years, Jose operated a successful auto body repair shop in Reynosa. His vision had deteriorated to the point that he had to stop working, because he could not see well enough. Jose had surgery at one of our clinics. At our next clinic, he surprised us with a visit to let us know that, because of his eye surgery, he is now back to work.
Five days after a devastating earthquake hit the country of Haiti in January of 2010, we boarded five Angel Flight commuter planes with a 15-member medical team to go to Haiti to help. Our team worked around the clock for the next five days at Haitian Community Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Team members called the experience life changing and surreal. There are many stories of life, death, love, hope and despair to share from this experience. Here is just one of those stories.
January 2010 team boarding for Haiti
Our teams helps to unload one of the many military supply planes that came into Haiti in the days following the earthquake.
Makeshift beds of cardboard our team made at the Haitian Community Hospital. There were hundreds of patients and very few beds.
Immediately after the earthquake a Haitian mom went into labor. The mom made her way to the Haitian Community Hospital, where she gave birth. The baby was only at seven months term and not yet ready to be born. Tiny and unable to breath on her own, a nurse from our medical team took charge of her care. She stayed with her constantly for 24 hours while two other team members alternated pumping air into the baby's lungs with an adult size Ambu bag. There were no infant care, much less neonatal, supplies available.
Not knowing how the little girl would do, we prayed constantly as her mother lay beside us in a hospital bed. Finally, we received word that an Israeli medical ship had docked at Port-au-Prince and had the equipment needed to properly care for the little girl. As they prepared the baby and mom to be transported, we asked what her name would be. The mom said her name would be Bondye Sov, Haitian Creole for "God Saves". She said should would name her this because God had sent us to save her.
In the chaos and unreal busyness of this trip, we lost track of Bondye Sov and her mom, but we believe with all of our hearts that God did and still does remain with Bondye Sov.
Kim Parris and Lori Saia
taking care of Bondye Sov
Yonel and Manita's Story
All of the children who live at Kenbe Fem have a story. All have been neglected, abused or abandoned in some way. All are precious and loved! Here we share the story of Yonel and Manita, a powerful story of transformation. While on a Solar Box delivery trip in the mountains of Haiti, part of our team came across what you see in the picture to the right. Brother and sister, Yonel and Manita had been living in a small orphanage of ten children that was being supported by a church in the United States. The church had stopped sending funding, and the orphanage had to close. All of the children had been sent to live with other families or to other orphanages, except for Yonel and Manita. The story is that they had been brought to the mountain by their mother after the earthquake. They had lived in Port-au-Prince, and their father was killed in the earthquake. In fear, and not knowing what to do, their mother had fled to the mountains. This was where many of the Haitians went after the earthquake, wanting to be away from the concrete buildings if another quake occurred. The children and their mother lived on people's doorsteps, getting whatever food people would give to them, for about a year. Eventually, their mother felt she couldn't care for them any longer and that they would be better off in the orphanage. She left them there on the mountain and went back to Port-au-Prince to try to find work and survive. Yonel and Manita had been at the orphanage for over a year when it closed several months before our team found them. Since the orphanage closing, they had been living on the mountain in front of the orphanage home living on whatever handouts locals could give them. Yonel and Manita were suffering from malnutrition, scalp and skin ailments, and were emotionally void. Yonel did not speak at all. Frantzo, our Kenbe Fem manager, was able to contact social services in Haiti and get the permission and make arrangements for us to bring the children to Kenbe Fem. They were immediately taken to a doctor and dentist, bathed, and got haircuts. Over time, both of them came out of their "shells" and are doing well. They have bonded with the Haitian house parents and the other children at Kenbe Fem. Last school year, Yonel finished at the very top of his class. We are overjoyed with their progress!
Yonel and Manita on the day our team found them.
Yonel really liked the
Solar Box radio.
Yonel and Manita after being at Kenbe Fem for a year, with their Kenbe Fem sister Wilda.