Have you read Part One of “Family, Fondasyons, & Fredelyne?” If not, be sure to check it out here.
“I hold an attitude of joy at the Maternity Center and I pray to God each day because our situation is so difficult. We’re obligated to support our clients and we can’t do that while sad,” Frede tells us. “Sometimes we have to stand in the place of a father or friend and be a shoulder to cry on when women face the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.”
Frede knows the power of a strong family fondasyon (Haitian Creole for “foundation”). She knows the strengthening love of a family that supports you. And she believes that when it isn’t there for someone, whether they’re a client or a coworker, it’s her job to create a little bit of it herself.
“We’re not just friends at the Maternity Center. We’re family, and we help each other stay positive.”
Frede says, “I always try to model for the staff that we are a team that can keep going in difficulty – that it won’t always be like this and that we’re doing good work for the women of Haiti.”
Frede’s family set the fondasyon for her rise to leadership at the Maternity Center. She and her team are a family of their own, and they help set a strong fondasyon for hundreds of mothers and babies every year.
But Frede, her team, and the mothers and babies they care for have one more family. That family is building a fondasyon every single day for the people of Haiti. They just haven’t met in person.
That family is you – the Heartline family, all over the world.
We asked Frede to share a message with Heartline’s donors. Here’s what she said:
“I would tell everyone who helps Heartline a HUGE thank you for the support. Because with their help, we can save many families in Haiti. We can help many pregnant women, and many babies’ lives will be saved.
I pray God will always bless them. I know they are always investing in hope for the families of Haiti.
Thank you for your help, your support, and thank you on behalf of Haiti! I hold you in my heart and I love you a lot.”
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