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...
Jul 3, 2013

Over 1,600 patients cared for in 3 months!

One patient cared for through our unit
One patient cared for through our unit

Many thanks to all of you who generously have been supporting our maternity and pediatric wards at HBCH!  With your donations, we’ve been able to care for many Haitian mothers and children who otherwise would not receive medical attention.  From March to May 2013, our maternity ward has provided care for 834 hospital visits - 70 visits to birth a child (half of those high-risk c-sections) and 402 prenatal visits including 189 ultrasounds.  Haiti has an unusually high maternal mortality rate, even compared to other developing countries in the region.  One of the largest factors for this troubling statistic is that more than 75% of all births happen at home without trained medical staff.  Because of the reputation of our outstanding medical staff and facilities, HCBH is slowly dismantling the dangerous cultural norms of childbirth that have been prevalent for centuries.  Many mothers in northern Haiti know that they can come to HCBH for excellent prenatal care, have a birth attended by an obstetrician and a pediatrician, and receive first-rate postnatal care for both herself and her newborn.  


The pediatric ward at HCBH is just as busy!  From March to May, we saw 883 visits, 181 of which were in-patients, and the remaining 702 were to the pediatric clinic.  With your help, we were additionally able to provide for 149 children through our nutrition program.  When the majority of a child’s meals consist of rice and beans, it’s impossible for them to consume all the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for healthy development.  Unfortunately, that diet is the best case scenario for many young children in northern Haiti.  Thus the ability to provide Medika Mamba, a fortified peanut butter made in Haiti,  for a child makes a world of difference to them and their families.  

 We sincerely appreaciate your support of HCBH’s maternity and pediatric wards and hope we can continue to count on your to support our life-saving programs!  

Children forced to eat clay cookies (made of mud)
Children forced to eat clay cookies (made of mud)

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Jul 3, 2013

A mother and child re-united

Robinson, a few days after finding him again
Robinson, a few days after finding him again

The Maison de Benediction continues to do outstanding work!  One recent, particularly powerful success story comes to mind:

Robinson was one of our very first children in the Maison.  He has a neuro-muscular disability, and one day his mother stopped bringing him to the Maison.  We weren’t worried at first, because this is a fairly regular occurrence.  Families go to the countryside to visit relatives, or relatives come to visit and take care of the children for a while.  But Robinson didn’t come back.  Because his mother doesn’t have a permanent address, we couldn’t track her down.  We were able to find his estranged father though, who said he had sent Robinson to Port-de-Paix to live with relatives there.  

On a visit to a local orphanage some months later, we found Robinson again.  He had never left the area.  He was hardly recognizable.  What was once a happy, plump child now was a neglected, emaciated, atrophied shell of a boy.  We have no idea how long he had been confined to his crib, how infrequently he was held or even fed.  We were deeply troubled by this.

One of our community health workers managed to find Robinson’s mother, who also thought he was in Port-de-Paix.  When we told her what had happened, she broke down.  She couldn’t believe what had happened to her son.  At this time, she had just given birth to another son and was living with his father, who was physically and emotionally abusive.  Because of her situation, she couldn’t leave and was fearful that this was how she would always live.

However, that is not the case.  Because of supporters like you, we are able to help Robinson’s mum. We’ve rented a room for her long-term in Quartier Morin and help her with a monthly stipend to ensure she and her children are well-fed and clothed.  Once again Robinson stays three days each week with us at the Maison!  His bright, smiling (and once again plump) face is a blessing to us and a constant reminder of what we can do with your help.  

We can never fully express our gratitude to all of you who help make our mission possible, and we hope you’ll continue to partner with us so that success stories like Robinson continue to happen at the Maison. 

One of Robinson
One of Robinson's friends at the respite home
Robinson re-united with his mum
Robinson re-united with his mum

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Jul 3, 2013

New project for Rehab patients!

Some of the patients learning their new skill
Some of the patients learning their new skill

The patients at the HCBH Rehabilitation Center have taken on a new and exciting project - recycling sugar cane to create charcoal briquettes for cooking.  Charcoal is used by the vast majority of Haitians to cook their meals, and currently most charcoal is produced from wood.  As deforestation is one of Haiti’s largest environmental, agricultural, and economic threats, this development brings hope for a brighter future for Haiti. 

To make the briquettes, dried sugar cane waste (“bagas”) left over from commercial cane production is burned quickly, mixed with water and a starch, pressed into briquettes, and left to dry in the sun. The tools necessary for the process are easy to procure and relatively cheap, about 25 USD.

We have partnered with a couple organizations (Carbon Roots Int’l and Second Mile) to pioneer this program, which promises to be life-changing for our rehabilitation patients.  Upon leaving the rehab center, our patients will have the tools and skills to run their own charcoal production business.  “Cocobai,” meaning “worthless” is how many Haitians refer to the handicapped, as it is usually practically impossible for them to find a livelihood, so this program gives our patients a second chance at a normal life and an opportunity to change perceptions about disability.

We thank you for your support of the HCBH Rehabilitation Center.  Without your generous contributions, programs like this are not able to happen.  You are a vital part of our life-changing ministry, and we hope we can count on your continued donations.

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