Hazel and David

Hazel and David

Hazel and her late husband Harold has been her grandson’s caregiver since his birth in 1981.  David is blind, deaf and mute leaving him no way to communicate with people or his environment.  He wears a rope tether around his left ankle for safety as their small home is very near the ocean.  Since the tether has been there his entire life he is content to go outside only as far as the robe allows.  David loves to sit outside with his face uplifted to the sun.  Despite many challenges hazel has taught him to be independent in dressing, grooming, making his bed and other daily activities.

The hardships of island life are many, but 82 year old hazel remains totally committed to David’s care.  Over time Starve poverty has repaired the well and provided running water to the bathroom but there is no running water to the kitchen so Hazel must carry buckets of water from the wel to wash dishes and cook.  By far the most difficult issue to here heart is not having enough food to fill her grandson’s hunger.   Food on the island is expensive because it all must be shipped by boat.  Milk is ten dollars a gallon and cereal is seven dollars a box.  hazel and David usually eat one meal a day and when David is hungry he drinks water.  Starve Poverty tries to send money each month for groceries.  you too could make a difference in their lives by donating money for groceries.

On January 31, 2013 a team will arrive on Exuma to repair Hazel’s roof and front door along with other minro repairs.  Check this website in March for an update on the trip!