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 6, 2013

Another life saved

Marie - a life saved and ready to go home!
Marie - a life saved and ready to go home!

What a week its been in our Maternity and Paediatric Unit.  Even today, the paediatric unit is busy with lots of children, and our maternity team have been in surgery undertaking an important operation.  On behalf of all the team here, thanks for your continued support!

It's hard to share all the stories, but we thought we'd encourage you with one.  Last week a young lady called Marie visited the hospital for a consultation with her mum, but was informed that she needed urgent, life saving surgery, or otherwise would sadly die.  Initially overcome by fear, she declined any immidiate help.  However, thanks to the love and compassion of our staff who offered counseling and support, Marie changed her mind.  She was then successfully operated on, and several days later left the maternity unit, fit and well!  Marie and her mother were both glowing with smiles the morning they left, deeply thankful for the suppor they'd recieved, which is only possible thanks to your support.

Marie is just one example of a life saved!  In 2012, we provided care for over 2,500 women at the hospital, and the numbers keep increasing month by month!

This Friday is International Women's day, followed by Mothering Sunday in the UK at the weekend.  For all those who have supported this project, we'd love you to join with us again, and help celebrate these two significant days with us, by supporting some of the most vulnerable women and mothers in Haiti.  Women in Haiti still face a 1 in 37 chance of dying during delivery in Haiti, but we're helping to reduce this!  Why not join us this week, and make a special donation in honor of a mum or inspiring woman you know.  Chocolates and flowers never last long, but a 'gift in kind' towards our Maternity work can have a life long impact.  Please join with us again, so we can provide care to other women like Marie.  Thanks for your continued kind support.

A mother a baby your support helped to save
A mother a baby your support helped to save

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Mar 6, 2013

Our 56 challenge

One of our children enjoying evening entertainment
One of our children enjoying evening entertainment

Thanks for your continued support, allowing us to care for some of Haiti's most vulnerable children. 

Just today, we had one joyful guardian visit us.  Her child, Mary, used to be part of the project, coming to us as a very withdrawn, and troubled little girl.  This little one had lost her mum, and was distanced from her father who moved abroad.  Mary's troubled start to life, and developmental delay, caused serious concerns to her new guardian, who wondered whether she'd ever recover.  Thanks to the continuous love and therapy of our staff, slowly Mary completely transformed, as little by little a beautiful little smile blossomed.  Her guardian visited today sharing how Mary was now attending school, and doing brilliantly!  She's just one example of the many lives being transformed through this work!

In our last report we shared the difficult financial situation we were facing to continue running this service which cares for children like Mary, and we'd like to share a special thanks to all those who responded.  Thankfully, due to the generous support of our loyal supporters, we've been able to keep the Maison de Benediction running, which has been predominantly due to the kind support of our monthly donors who are part of the Beni Sponsorship Programme.

Beni means 'blessing' in creole, and that's exactly what our supporters are!  So far, we've had 56 people sign up to become a regular monthly donor of this project, and we now have a new challenge.  We're looking to find another 56 people who can help keep this respite home open.  If we succeed in our challenge, then the centre will have enough funds to continue running in the years to come, and what a blessing to children like Mary that would be!

If you've ever been inspired or encouraged by this work, please consider becoming a regular supporter.  Not only do you get to become an official Beni Sponsor, but you get the chance to receive personal updates on one specific child.  To find out more, please visit our web site today.  Equally, if you don't feel able to do this, please consider making another one off donation through GlobalGiving.  We want to keep helping other children like Mary, ensuring they have the future they deserve. Thanks for all your kind support.

One of our staff, with one of our kids
One of our staff, with one of our kids

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Mar 6, 2013

New Inclusive Sports Centre opens!

One of the children we care for
One of the children we care for

In our last report, we highlighted the exciting time one of our rehab patients had in London, representing Haiti at the London 2012 Paralympians.  Just a few months after he returned, the legacy of London really started in Haiti, as we partnered with a number of groups and opened Haiti's first purpose built Inclusive Sports Centre, as part of our rehabilitation unit.

It's been amazing to see the community get involved in this new area of our work.  The heart behind this exciting new facility is to empower persons with disabilities, and overcome the stigma of disability which so often alienates persons with disabilities from the community.  The good news is...it's working!  Some of the local community who once looked on and laughed at some of our patients playing sport, now use the gym with them, and are developing friendships!  This includes our wheelchair basket ball players, playing with able bodied users, and the local amputee football team using the gym for training.  One person from the local community said 'this is the first time something has been built, where they can come with our disabled friends.' 

The rehab unit has really benefited from this project.  One of our younger rehab patients had been suffering with severe depression, as he tried to come to terms with his paralysis.  However, thanks to the continued work of our team and the new sports activities available, his outlook was completely transformed, and he left the hospital as a confident, young man.  This is just one example of the difference being made thanks to your support!  Please continue to join us, as we seek to empower those with disabilities, and prove that disability is not inability!

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