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...
Mar 8, 2011

The story of Leon

Vocational training at our temp rehab centre
Vocational training at our temp rehab centre

Everyone at the Haiti Hospital Appeal would like to thank you for donating towards our rehabilitation project.  Work has begun, and already great progress is being made.  To share a little about one of the individuals who you've helped support, we wanted to share a little testimony from one of our patients, and his experience since the Haiti earthquake.

"I was at home eating at the dinner table when the earth shook, when I stood up, I fell down. My family were watching television and I could see the wall split into two parts. I tried to get outside but the butt of the door fell from the ceiling on top of my waist. I lost my mind and knowledge. It was only after 3 days that I recognised myself and called someone. I said, "I am alive, come and get me out.

A neighbour was trying to lift up the wall and in doing so I was pierced through my heel by some iron. When I was pulled out I lost my mind once again and awoke in Santiago General Hospital in the Dominican Republic. I was then moved into a hospital on the border in Quanamithe. It was there I was told that my wife and eight children had all died in the earthquake.

I was again transferred to another hospital, the government hospital in Cap-Haitian. I then spent all my money trying to get better. I just wanted to go home.

I didn't think I would survive, even my cousin who found me didn't think it possible. Maybe it would have been possible to still live but without being transferred to the spinal unit here run by the Haiti Hospital Appeal I would be far more severely disabled.

The spinal unit has become a home for me. Here I have learnt to walk again and do other activities. I've come to the conclusion that this is the is the best hospital I have ever visited. If I were elsewhere I don't think they could have cared for me, not with my injuries. I never seen nurses or doctors caring so much.

When I think about my wife and children I always shed tears but I refuse to get discouraged, I keep on fighting. I think about my future, I'd like to go home, I'd like to get a job. I'd like to have my own house and work in an place just like this."

Leon's story is just one example of an individual who you've helped save and transform.  However, there are many more patients we'd like to support, but we need your help to do this.  Please visit:  www.haitihospitalappeal.org to find out more information or continue supporting us through Globalgiving.

Leon and some of our other patients
Leon and some of our other patients

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Mar 8, 2011

Community Based Rehabilitation

One of the children we help
One of the children we help

A huge thanks to all those who have supported our Children's work in Haiti!  It makes a massive difference and we really appreciate all your love and support!

For those of you who don't have the opportunity to visit our web-site much, to give you a little flavor, we thought we'd share an extract of a recent news post which shows just what an impact you're making.  It's a little article by a community leader who's village is from your support!

'Through HHA, we have obtained psychological and social support in a way to accept our children and love them.  In our community the families who have at least one handicapped child are considered like cursed parents and these ones hid the children at a corner and didn’t socialize them or didn’t show them love. When such people become young persons, other children throw rocks on them through the streets in the locality, and bother them calling them by the disability they have.

The parents have been always put into shame with such children, that’s why they didn’t really socialize those kids, every one could stop and look at them sadly or contemptuously . From now on, in the village there is a new understanding about how we can treat people with a cerebral palsy problem, with autism, with any kind of handicap.

The work helps the parents too on an economical point of view, not only did some parents neglect those children on purpose, but some parents because they don’t have lots of economical opportunities and were obliged to neglect the disabled children in order to care for the rest of their families.

The whole families feel a handicapped child like a burden.  For example, when they want to care for this child, some of the parents neglect their occupations to stay and look after them which causes a huge deficit in the economical life of the families.

Through this work the parents find more space and time to go and trade, to teach etc.  They feel supported in their heavy-loaded burdens and in their stress.

With the presence of HHA, since September we are helping these kids, they are given care, teachings, physiotherapy, good hygienic treatment three days a week, and daily feeding too, some are given baby carriers, wheelchairs, boots, and the like.  Every one who is affected in the work is very proud of it,  the children, the parents and the workers.'

If you'd like to continue supporting this urgent work, please contact us today or make a donation via Globalgiving.  We hope you like the photo's as well - apologies if they're poor quality.  They were sent from Haiti via e-mail.

Thanks for all your help and we look forward to working with you further through out 2011.

One of the families you
One of the families you've helped us support

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Mar 8, 2011

Sold for 75p - A blog from Haiti

A huge thanks again on behalf of everyone at the appeal for your continued support of our work.  The Maternity service in Haiti is developing really well, and we're continuously grateful for this being made possible by individuals like you.  For those of you who don't often visit our web-site, we thought we'd share some extracts from a recent blog entry by our CEO when he returned to the UK in January.

'Returning to the UK is always a difficult transition after being in Haiti for a long stint, and this time perhaps I’ve found it the hardest after the tragic scenes witnessed through the cholera epidemic.  It was indescribably hard to witness the lives of so many washed away simply because of this poverty driven disease.

There was one particular girl who was abandoned at our site because of the cholera situation.  As one of our staff gathered a special little friendship with this girl, it became clear that the family who’d bought her to the centre, weren’t her real family.  She was what the Haitians call a ‘restavec’, which basically means she stayed with a host family.  This happens in different ways, but for this young girl was done in a manner we’d heard before.  An inner city family had gone to the countryside where they’d found a poor family and offered to take one of the children to the city for a ‘better life.’  Poorer families are offered a new life for their child, with promises of education and a future, yet the reality is often quite different.  Some do find this life, but others are subjected to a life of modern day slavery, where they take care of all the family chores, rarely ever leaving the home.

As the days passed by we began to capture something of her story and started searching for her real family.  When we finally managed to trace her real parents we were left to say a sad good bye to our new found friend, but with the promise we’d visit her the following week.  The re-union of her family was both precious but sad, with both father and child affected my the months of separation.

In my final few days in Haiti as promised, we traveled the long journey into the countryside where we entered a small, isolated, mountain village.  Here, surrounded by Haiti’s incredible beauty was a small mud hut and an impoverished family.  A young mother of 25 years of age, with 6 or 7 children, two of which had become restavecs.  Sat outside on a small, humble wooden and straw woven seat was our dear friend, in a worn out nighty, which she wore as a dress, like a beautiful princess.  We sat with the family and began to hear a little of their dilemma, though we didn’t need them to highlight why they’d had to let two of their children go.  The poverty was all too clear an answer.  The empty mud hut, the scantily dressed children, the lack of food, the school next door which they’d never be able to afford, and the lack of family planning and support which meant their family were growing faster than they could cope with.

75% of Haitians are unemployed, and about 75% of births take place at home without any real medical support.  These two ’75′ related stats summed up for me the reality of why this family had been left so vulnerable, and reminded me of why our work is so important.  Our maternity outreach work will support families like this one through education and family planning.  Yet, as I’ve reflected on this one story, I was recently horrified by another ’75′ related statistic.  The sad reality is that since the earthquake child trafficking like this has increased in Haiti, with significant problems within the large tent cities.  A recent report by The Telegraph commented on how some children were being bought from families for as little as about 75p.  It’s almost inconceivable that a child could seemingly be worth so little.  Sold for 75p and bought into a new world of varying futures.

The first thought to describe such a reality for the outside world, apart from disbelief, is probably one of neglect.  I’ve been asked numerous times how women in Haiti can give their children away, and why they neglect them like this.  In nearly every case I have ever seen though, it has not been a case of a mothers neglect, but the neglect of the world.  That the inequality of the globe can lead to such families as this girls, in 2011, living in a mud hut, with no food, no education and no future.  The reality that some children are being sold for 75p is not a reflection of a neglectful mother, but of a desperate mother left with little or no other choice.

They have little choice, but we do.  Supporting our maternity and health work has deeper repercussions that simple health care.  Done well, it can help decrease the tragic risk of trafficking and the tragic consequences of such 75p transactions.  It can provide huge social change, and stop the long term cycle of such inexcusable injustices.  As we undertake what is by far our biggest year yet, I’d ask you to remember such children, and draw alongside our work.  Your support can help us share the reality that life is more precious than ’75p.’

If you'd like to read more blogs please visit our web-site: www.haitihospitalappeal.org

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