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Sharing Health Tips and God’s Love Through the Airwaves By Kate Michel, Marketing & Communications Director, Radio 4VEH Eleven-year-old Mayko has been confined to a crib all his life, most likely as a result of cerebral palsy. He’s one of 800,000 people living with a disability in Haiti, including about 200,000 children. Haitians often view sickness in general, and disability in particular, as having a supernatural cause, either as punishment for personal or family sin or from a witch doctor’s curses. Those living with disabilities are ostracized, hidden and often abandoned. When OMS Haiti missionary Angie Bundy and her 11-year-old daughter Brianna visited shut-ins in the Vaudreuil neighborhood, they met Mayko and his family and gave them a solar radio tuned to Radio 4VEH. Through the solar radio, Mayko and his family will hear a consistent message every day—that God loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives. Angie reports, “My heart goes out to Mayko’s parents, who have taken such good care of him for 11 years. Brianna felt extremely blessed to be able to give him and his family a radio. I pray that the radio will be a blessing of hope to Mayko, as well as to his parents, who must find daily strength to care for him.” While most people in Haiti are not familiar with basic health and hygiene, they trust Radio 4VEH, which gives us a platform to help listeners learn to take better care of their children, their communities and themselves, saving lives today and for eternity. So, every week, we talk about health on Radio 4VEH, on programs like Sante Live (Health Live), a show where listeners call in from all over northern Haiti, with ques- 8