Haiti Hospital Appeal

Helping to run one of the leading hospitals in North Haiti, we specialise in community health care, maternity, paediatric, and neo-natal care, and rehabilitation services for adults and children. Since 2006, we've been providing quality health care that is not restricted to the few, but is available to everyone. Working alongside the Haitian Government and grass root partners, we seek to empower a sustainable, inclusive and accessible health care service, driven by Haitian vision and staff. We are a Christian charity with a heart of compassion and a desire for justice. We choose to stand in the gap for the innocent and vulnerable as Jesus did, offering health care to all without any form of...
Apr 8, 2015

Disability not inability

Race up the Citadelle
Race up the Citadelle

Everyone is given challenges to overcome in life. We happen to work with patients who are in rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury. People who are viewed as lesser or incapable. But if you can spend just a few hours in the rehab building, you encounter people who are unwilling to let their physical challenges define them. Sibille, a physical therapist who has chosen to devote so much of her life to our rehab facility, had been toying with the idea of taking some of our wheelchair-bound patients up to the Citadelle. The Citadelle Laferrière represents all that Haiti has overcome and fought for. It is the largest fortress in the Americas and was built by Henri Christophe, a key figure during the slave revolt that eventually led to Haiti’s independence.

So when Sibille heard that there would be race to the top on Saturday, she took it as an opportunity to take 4 wheelchair-bound guys on an adventure. We had the privilege of partnering with Streethearts, a nonprofit that provides a safe haven for hundreds of street children in Cap-Haitien. They brought 15 teenagers to make the trek with us. Very rarely do things in this country go as planned, but one thing we couldn’t plan for were these former street kids embracing our wheelchair-bound guys. There is camaraderie in challenges- whether your challenge is getting off the street or learning to overcome your physical disability. The Streethearts kids listened intently as Sibille gave strict instructions about the protocol of pushing, dos and don’ts, and then released the teams of kids to climb the Citadelle.

Laughing, running (more like sprinting!), sweating, guzzling water, breaks in the shade, and then, finally, the top! Grins appeared on faces that we have rarely seen crack a smile. It was incredible to introduce these young men to such a significant piece of their country’s history. But it was also amazing to talk to people we passed about the abilities these four men have. Seeing people on two legs struggle up that mountain look with awe as they are overtaken by a man in a wheelchair did more for disability awareness than any signs or literature. Sometimes the best teaching is done by showing. We are so proud of these young men's accomplishment. Again, disability not inability.

Getting their briefing
Getting their briefing
Reaching the top - amazing achievement!
Reaching the top - amazing achievement!
A team effort
A team effort

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Apr 8, 2015

Everyone's invited

Nicholas sitting on a trike
Nicholas sitting on a trike

Nicolas is an intelligent eight year old boy who has been coming to the Maison for several years. He is one of the higher functioning children of those that regularly attend the Maison, with mobility, good comprehension and limited but constantly improving speech. He loves participating in story time, singing and making crafts as well as helping out the caregivers when it comes to tidying up.

Seeing his potential, the Maison director suggested to his parents that they should enrol him in a school as he could flourish in an educational environment. At the beginning of the January term, Nicolas went with his mother to a local primary school where they met with the headteacher. Upon hearing Nicolas’ speech impediment, he was immediately denied entry to school, stating that he wasn’t capable of attending. Undeterred, Nicolas and his mother visited a second school where he actually spent the day in a class, however when his mum came to pick him up, she was told that they would be unable to accept him as a pupil after all because he was too distracting for the other children. They tried a couple of other schools but were turned away each time.

Sadly, this is a reality for many children with disabilities in Haiti, with people unable to see past their disability to their capabilities. Fortunately for Nicolas, even though he cannot go to school, he can still attend the Maison de Benediction three days a week where the motto is “disability not inability” and he is valued as an individual. Staff there recognise and celebrate his strengths and make an effort to engage him in stimulating activities so that he is able to grow in his abilities in the hope that one day, others too will see just how capable he is.

Thank you so much for supporting this amazing work. There's so much more that we can do to help children and families with disabilities, and challenge the stigma associated with disability in Haiti. Your continued support will help us grow this service and offer it to so many more families in desperate need of help. 

With much love and thanks,

All the HHA team

Nicholas colouring
Nicholas colouring

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Apr 8, 2015

Holistic care

Chris - patient at the paediatric unit
Chris - patient at the paediatric unit

We are delighted to announce that the target for the emergency appeal we launched last year to save the maternity and paediatric units from closing has been reached! This means that thousands of children and hundreds of birthing mothers in Haiti will receive the life-saving health care they need this year. Thank you so much to all of you who donated so generously to this urgent appeal! One of the children you are supporting is Chris...

Chris was a patient at the paediatric unit in February of this year. He was born with the genetic disorder sickle cell anaemia, which means that his body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells which can block blood flow and cause organ damage as well as extreme pain.

At only five years old, Chris is a frequent visitor to HCBH, having been attending regularly for treatment since its paediatric service opened in 2012. Every time his body gets stressed, he suffers from a sickle cell crisis, which can be very painful and potentially life-threatening. He is usually admitted for a couple of days, but this past occasion he ended up staying for a total of five, after receiving two blood transfusions and painkillers.

Chris is a feisty little boy despite his circumstances and chatters away with the nurses as they do their rounds; they are quite familiar to him because of his frequent stays at the hospital. When asked who his favourite person at the hospital is, he thinks about it and then says “Dr Toussaint”, the hospital’s chief medical director and practising paediatrician. Why? “Because he’s friendly and doesn’t stick needles in me, like everyone else!” he continues with a cheeky grin.

Thanks to the paediatric unit at the hospital, Chris’ family know where to come so that he is able to receive reliable care from truly outstanding medical professionals who not only provide treatment, but take the time to get to know their patients. It is a testament to the affectionately nicknamed Dr T and his staff that children like Chris know them by name and can smile while talking about them, even if they do sometimes have to stick them with needles! 

Although patients like Chris can rely on the amazing hospital staff to care for him thanks to your dedicated support, the need for more funding is ever-present. We need to make sure these vital health care services are in place long into the future and grow to provide life-changing care for many more Haitians. Anything you can do to help make this vision a reality will be a blessing to us and the Haitians we exist to help.

Thank you for everything you have done to support maternity and paediatric services in Haiti.

With much love and thanks,

All the HHA team 

Dr Toussaint - Chief Medical Director
Dr Toussaint - Chief Medical Director
Emergency appeal success
Emergency appeal success

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