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...
Oct 18, 2010

New teacher and Nurse!

Some of kids learning to paint!
Some of kids learning to paint!

Dear all,

What a busy few months it's been for the Haiti Hospital Appeal.

The Children's Home has developed incredibly over the last few months thanks to all your support.  Over the summer we refurbished a room within the home for a new member of our staff...a teacher!  We now have a fantastic little classroom which allows our new team member to work one to one with the children with special needs.  Everything we do aims to provide these children with the best chance of independence when they're older.  This includes teaching them to walk, feeding themselves, playing, communicating and now learning vital skills through the class room.  Many of the kids have really come alive through this exciting development, and we're looking forward to expanding this work.  

Thanks to 'Living Water' we also have a new nurse who comes to the home every morning Monday - Thursday and checks all the kids are doing OK.  Sadly the health situation for children in Haiti is still dire and even with our new nurse there are some times cases we struggle to deal with.  About a month ago one of the children we support had a seizure.  The government hospital which the child was taken too lacked the basic resources to deal with this child's needs.  We asked one of the doctors what the prognosis was, and he turned to us and said, 'Not great.  I know what to do for this child but I don't have the right equipment to help.'  The next day the doctor came to our sight and shared the sad news that the child had died in the night.  This tragic news was just one story of the continued need for more action.

Many children have been saved thanks to your support in this home!  Where there was no hope they have been given hope.  Where there was no future they have been given one.  Yet, the sad story of this little child reminds us at the Haiti Hospital Appeal of the continuous urgent need for further help.  We cannot stop.  

That's why in the coming months we're going to be pushing forward with some more exciting developments.  This includes launching a mobile outreach clinic for women and children, opening our maternity and pediatric unit, and progressing the work of a new Children's Centre we've just opened in the heart of Haiti.  This centre will eventually provide day care for 20 disabled children.  It's a new and exciting piece of work literally in its first few weeks of life.  Next time we'll share a little more about this specific piece of work.

As with daily life in Haiti, this little update is full of highs and lows.  The highs of knowing we have made a difference, the lows of knowing there are still children in need who we haven't yet got the capability of supporting.  That's why we'd call upon you again to make a donation towards this work, to encourage your friends and family to get on board and to spread the word.  If you'd like to find out more information please visit our web-site which is packed full of blogs, news items and much more: www.haitihospitalappeal.org

Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to writing to you again soon and sharing some more stories of what your support has helped achieve!

Kind regards,

The Haiti Hospital Appeal team 

Play time!
Play time!

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Jul 16, 2010

We Won't Forget

One of our children learning to play.
One of our children learning to play.

Last week, representatives of Handicap International and IOM (International Organisation for Migration) visited the Children's home and commented on how special the project was and the positive feeling that the home has. We continue to care for some of Haiti’s most vulnerable children currently we have about 70 children on the program, though at least 20 of these are on a waiting list. Each week we have new families arrive with their children who are physically or mentally disabled. Sadly, unless we can raise more money we can’t help these new families. We’re already at full capacity, but have a desire to see the project expand and to be able to care for more children. Each child is treated individually, so we do not want to bring more children into the program until we are sure we have to staff and resources to be able to show them the love and care they deserve. At the moment we limit the number of children a day to 15 to ensure this. By continuing your help and support we can continue to provide respite care for these children and hopefully expand the project to give more physically and mentally disabled children the support they might not receive anywhere else. The project is soon to invest in a motorbike for the children’s home administrator to enable us to increase the influence of the project. The bike will enable him to go and minister to children who live further from the home, support struggling families and to transport some children to the home on specific days if necessary. We want him to be able to invite more children to come join the children’s home, as there is no other centre that cares particularly for disabled children in the surrounding area, but unfortunately children currently have to be added to a waiting list.

On the six month anniversary of the tragic earthquake that devastated Haiti we've launched a new campaign called 'We Won't Forget.' So many in the world have already forgotten this desperate little nation. The call we're making to our supporters is to declare that you won't forget. We would ask that you spend just a few minutes to visit our new website: www.haitihospitalappeal.org.

It has new blogs, photo's, films, news, and a special page dedicated to our campaign.. 'We Won't Forget.' Please join with us and declare to the world that this country hasn't been forgotten. We need your help to continue all our work. The emergency remains, and the crisis is still urgent. Thank you for all your support! We would ask you to continue your support, to enable us to expand our work to enable us to help the huge numbers of children who desperately need it.

One of our kids in afternoon play
One of our kids in afternoon play

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Jul 16, 2010

6 months on and We Won't Forget!

One of our earthquake victims at a recent party
One of our earthquake victims at a recent party

Everyday there is more progress with the spinal injury patients who reside in what will eventually be the maternity ward in our hospital. I would like to share with you the story of Samuel, one of the heroic survivors of the earthquake who we care for. Samuel is a quadriplegic, perhaps one of the worst injured victims of the earthquake. After the earthquake he was completely paralysed, but has now gained some movement in his arms again. Despite the tragic fate that seemed to await him, Samuel now sits up, and with a little help pushes himself around the ward at short intervals when he can gather the strength. Whilst we begin to gradually transform the ward so it can be used for its originally purpose of maternity care, the service it is providing at the moment is an amazing and inspiring one.

Casualties with spinal injuries are uncared for in much of Haiti and this project brings hope and life to those who previously would have had no expectations for a future. A rehab unit is in planning to care for these patients in the long term so that the maternity and infant unit can be used for the purpose originally intended. A nurse working in the ward said:

‘Before the earthquake we had no rehabilitation centre in Haiti. It costs a lot of money, but every time someone gives their support it helps our people here. It is very important to have a rehabilitation centre. The people here faced death and no normal life. Because of this hospital they have strength, and some are discharged and have hope.’

As well as the progress in the lives of these patients, progress has been made in the long term aim to provide better health care for women and children, this week building work commenced on the final stages of the infant unit which will hopefully be finished within a matter of months. Plans for the maternity project are evolving, including the equipping of traditional birth attendants in the city of Cap Haitien with mobile phones for when they need advice and help.

Yesterday our health clinic was packed with mothers and their children as they waited for vaccinations, many mothers had two or three young children with them and your support is going to help fund an infant unit to care for these children in the future and other children like them around Cap Haitien.

On the six month anniversary of the tragic earthquake on January 12th we are launching a new campaign called 'We Won't Forget' on our main web site: www.haitihospitalappeal.org

Despite the promises of many, Haiti has already been forgotten it would seem by the majority of the world. We're making a stand this anniversary and calling all our supporters to declare that Haiti isn't forgotten! For those who remain skeptical about what aid actually does, I would encourage you to visit our new site that was launched a few weeks ago. It's packed full of stories and news about what you've achieved! As a small grass root NGO in Haiti you have made a difference through us. Spinal victims saved, tones of aid distributed, emergency clinic set up. Yet, there is still so much to do. As most of the world moves on and forget, we'd ask that today you don't.

Please take two minutes and visit our 'We Won't Forget' campaign! Thanks again for all your help at this difficult time and we look forward to working with you in helping to rebuild Haiti in the coming months.

Samuel at the spinal unit party!
Samuel at the spinal unit party!
Women and children at our recent vaccination day
Women and children at our recent vaccination day

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