As the cold weather sets in and we begin to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season, we want to take the time out to thank you for your support for those living in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Our partner organizations are still committed to rebuilding a stronger Haiti, and it is thanks to you that they can continue to perform their great work!
As the Lambi Fund of Haiti celebrates their 20th year of working closely with organizations in rural Haiti, they continue with their rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the earthquake. The executive director of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, Marie Marthe Saint Cyr, shares her experience and acknowledgement of the incredible work that has been done thus far to rebuild their community. “I walked the streets of Port-Au-Prince and there were many signs indicating a movement towards rebuilding Haiti physically; especially the addition of 700 kilometers of roads, some paved, some unpaved, spilling a rising cloud of dust for miles and muds when the rain falls.” They are working hard to continue with long term, stable results in the communities so they can withstand major crises.
Since the earthquake in 2010 and in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, Partners in Health has been able to work diligently towards the construction of University Hospital in Mirebalais. The University Hospital has been able to provide advanced health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals, as well as drive economic growth for the region. The economic activity that the hospital has cultivated has sparked new businesses to not only further develop the economic development in the community, but bolster spirits of the people.
We send our deepest appreciation to you during this holiday season for your continued support for the people of Haiti who continue to rebuild their community after the earthquake.
Despite the massive amounts of damage done in Haiti and obstacles thrown in the way, our partners continue to deliver. The aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has never been too much of a challenge for these organizations. Whether it be delivering supplies to local hospitals, assisting grassroots organizations in Haiti, or preventing further cholera outbreaks, our partners are working to empower Haiti once again. Here are just a few of the projects these organizations have recently implemented to further hope and development in Haiti:
Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA) responded to the tragedy in Haiti by supplying local hospitals with materials through its project “Medical Supplies for Hospitals in Haiti”. Even though VIDA struggled with customs recently to deliver supplies, they persevered and succeeded. Their continued dedication is showcased through their work in Cayes Jacmel, an area of Haiti recovering from the earthquake. One volunteer, Dr. Magloir, leads two visits each year with other physicians to deliver VIDA supplies to the area. The most recent trip delivered 25 suitcases with respiratory supplies and equipment for patients. In VIDA’s latest report, they announced that shipments of this magnitude will continue six times each year. This is all thanks to your support and generosity!
Lambi Fund of Haiti is also empowering Haiti through its project “Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti”. By helping local organizations build community-led enterprises, Lambi Fund hopes to implement long-term solutions and development strategies. COFECA is a perfect success story of a local organization working with Lambi Fund to implement their ideas into the community. This organization is working primarily with local entrepreneurs to develop and distribute their products. Some of these projects include turning peanuts into peanut butter, supporting women who make jelly to sell in local markets, and working with seamstresses who are creating clothing for local children and adults. COFECA aims to develop a credit to generate revenue for these projects in the Kavayon region. Surprisingly, this is only one of nine organizations Lambi Fund is supporting. With continued donations and support, the possibilities for the Lambi Fund and their partner organizations are endless.
International Medical Corps has helped Haiti recover from the earthquake since the beginning, 22-hours after tragedy struck to be exact. Its project “Provide Medical Care to Haiti” has worked tirelessly to address the cholera outbreak that sprung right around when the earthquake hit. To address this second disaster in Haiti, International Medical Corps set up cholera treatment centers (CTCs) in the Port-au-Prince region. Along with this network of centers, the organization set up mobile medical units in order for the most remote parts of the country to receive treatment. This past year, there was unfortunately an increase in cholera cases beginning in June 2013. As a result, International Medical Corps provided immediate response and helped benefit over 1.5 million people. Despite this tireless effort, cholera still continues to have a presence in Haiti. With hurricane season approaching, it is more important than ever for International Medical Corps to receive your support.
Our partner organizations show how dedication and hard work can lead to overcoming challenges, such as the aftermath in Haiti. Of course, much of this is thanks to you, our donors. We will never stop appreciating your passion and generosity towards the cause. Remember, you are helping to empower Haiti. Thank you!
The earthquake may have passed and structures have been rebuilt, but our amazing partner organizations for this GlobalGiving disaster fund appreciate the need for a sustainable haitian future. The flow of recovery has shifted to a need to develop! Our partners recognize this disaster not only as a horrific event but also an opportunity to build a better tomorrow for the Haitian people.
International Medical Corps (IMC) is tackling Haiti’s ongoing cholera outbreaks. They were also there in October 2010 when the outbreaks began right after the quake. Since the earthquake they have been actively seeking out individuals with cholera in Haiti via their mobile medical units. When IMC discovers a patient in need they promptly deploy their mobile units along with their professional medical staff. The northern, rural areas have been most affected by cholera, so logically IMC focuses on this region. Once staff reach the patient they immediately provide care to the ill. Since cholera causes severe dehydration the treatments include Oral Rehydration Salts, aquatabs, and general hygiene improvement. Once the patient is stable, International Medical Corps turns to the individual’s household. They provide sanitation tools to clean the house and they teach proper clean water practices. After the house has been sanitized, IMC turns their attention to the entire community! They rally advocacy networks to spread awareness about cholera and spread campaigns of clean water practices. Obviously IMC is dedicated to providing not just life-saving care but also lasting and sustainable care throughout the entire community!
Big things are happening at Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA)! Quite literally! Recently, thanks to your awesome donations through this GlobalGiving fund, VIDA has been able to ship massive amounts of medical supplies to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital! This children’s hospital in Port-au-Prince provides free health services to the most impoverished youth of the tiny island nation. This hospital gives children life-saving care that their family would otherwise not have been able to afford, this includes surgery costs and cancer treatments. Thanks to your generous donations VIDA could send 12 pallets worth of medical supply! A special thanks to their shipping partner Otis McAllister! Things that your donations directly funded: patient gowns, surgical gowns, exam gloves, diapers, Stanford Hospital donated exam tables, and CVS donated 50,000 face masks! Like I said, they are doing big things and creating lasting impact! Thanks for making that possible!
While our first two partners focused on healthcare, our third partner, Lambi Fund of Haiti, is making sure citizens stay fed, employed, and sustainable! Lambi has a wide breadth of organizational focus, they span many fields in their work and overall promote social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. The end of 2013 brought five nursery management trainings, three capacity building and accounting trainings, and two credit fund management trainings. This means that by the end of 2013 at least 150 community members will have participated in a Lambi training or presentation. These people now have skills in community organization, democratic principles, gender equity, reforestation techniques, animal husbandry and many more beneficial practices. These small steps forward are measured in leaps and bounds for the community! This empowerment and teaching strategy will create a brave and lasting Haiti!
While Haiti is still rebuilding, there has been a conscious shift from recovery to sustainable future. Our partners for this fund, with obvious different strategies, all have the same goal of creating a future for the haitian people. These organizations are standout because of their utter dedication to regrowth and forward strides. Once again we thank you for your amazing donations, you are adding to a better world!
Four years have past since the tragic 7.0 magnitutde earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. This disaster took the lives of over 200,000 and affected around three million others. Today I am going to tell you about just one of the amazing projects that have been accomplished thanks to amazing GlobalGivers like you!
Partners in Health strives to bring modern medicine to those less privileged and often most in need of the care. In this particular project they are responding to the medical needs of the 2010 earthquake and subsequent disasters that have struck Haiti. Their most recent report details the journey of the 14 doctors in residence in Haiti’s first ever specialized teaching hospital!
After the 2010 earthquake Partners in Health set out on the huge task to construct a teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) opened in 2012 and welcomed its first class of medical residents in October 2013. In order to qualify for membership in this program the all Haitian doctors had to go through an intensive merit-based application process. 238 people applied and took an entrance exam. Of those, 45 were interviewed, and 14 men and women were selected for the program.
In their several year residence the doctors will participate in hands-on training in pediatrics, general surgery, and internal medicine. They will also rotate departments such as emergency medicine, TB/HIV clinic, and oncology, as well as conduct research to improve the quality of care. The program will also train the doctors in social medicine with regard to the root causes of disease, such as poverty.
This is only the first class of doctors to train outside of Port-au-Prince, the traditional medical training facility. Every fall University Hospital will take a new class of doctors eager to expand the basis of care in Haiti. There are only 25 physicians per 100,000 Haitians. The United States has more than tenfold that number: 280 doctors for every 100,000 Americans. This is why the progress at University Hospital is so important. And it is due to GlobalGivers like you that this progress is possible!
Dr Pierre Paul, PIH senior advisor at HUM, has this to say about the future of the hospital and Haitian medicine: "University Hospital and its new residency program stand as formidable evidence of the efforts that young Haitian health professionals are making to restore, in a sustainable way, hope and dignity in the future of health in Haiti."
GlobalGiving and Partners in Health cannot thank you enough for your awesome donations to this project! It is because of you that not only hundreds of lives will be saved, but also the future sustainability of healthcare in Haiti is bright and hopeful!
Greetings from BEAUTIFUL Haiti!
I have had the privilege of living here for the past 3+ months. Residing in Haiti full time certainly has changed my perspective on Haitian development and aid. The perspective I had previously from short trips a week at a time is very different from the reality of living here. But one thing remains, Hope is alive and well in Haiti! This country is Beautiful, not just because of sunsets and sunrises blanketed with high mountains and palm trees or a calendar worthy deserted beach with gently lapping waves… but because the people make it so. Haitians are, by nature, giving, kind, congenial and hard working.
After the earthquake, amidst the chaos, the temporary fix was mass handouts. This was necessary and important for short-term survival, but that time has long since passed. Haitians want and need jobs. With unemployment as high as 80% in some parts of the country, Haitians are looking for training. They want to earn the right to provide for their families, to have a sense of dignity. The focus now for most organizations is long-term sustainability. How does this happen? Providing training and jobs. Haitians are eager to learn and excited to put to practice what they’ve learned.
I spent an afternoon with International Disaster Volunteers and their students at the English in Mind English school. They are a fun bunch if I’ve ever seen one. They are serious about learning English and they have a great time doing it. They incorporate songs, stories and a lot of laughing. This was a refreshing site visit for me because the students wanted to have a Q&A session with me. It was so much fun letting them pick my brain (as they proudly referred to it in English idiom) and allow me to ask questions. They ended the session by asking what advice I would give Haiti regarding “the changes that need to be made”. My reply was simple. We have an America, we have Germany, France, England, et al… We don’t need another one. But we do need a strong Haiti. Make the changes that need to be made regarding infrastructure of the country, but don’t let it change who you are as a culture.
REBUILDGlobally is another such organization making super cool flip-flops out of trash tires. They are providing jobs for locals in and around Port au Prince. Many of the men and women working there have been able to take their kids back from poverty orphan care, buy land and move their families from tent cities to a new home. More over, 2 of the employees have been promoted from shoemakers to manager of operations and manager of the local sales store. The men and women were provided training and are now teaching others what they’ve learned.
Hats off to the men and women of Haiti and the visiting NGO’s working hard to preserve a culture while advancing an economy!! Keep up the good work!
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