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Mar 30, 2020

Healthcare in Rural Haiti in the Time of Covid19

Community Health Workers Serving their Neighbors
Community Health Workers Serving their Neighbors

The CHP has worked in rural Haiti for over 30 years.  Through the long-term relationships developed over the years and deep commitment to our Haitian partners, we have supported locally-led initiatives to meet the community’s acute needs and visions for growth and prosperity.  Our partnership addresses all aspects of the community including education, health and wellness, jobs and economic opportunity.

Today in the face of a crisis like Covid19, support for health and wellness is critical in Haiti and specifically rural areas where medical facilities are woefully inadequate.  

To explain why the Colorado Haiti Project is well positioned to provide the support needed, it is important to understand the history and structure of this partnership.  CHP has worked in a focused area of the Nippes region for over 30 years, building trust and long-term friendships.  This has allowed the community to honestly share their concerns and health issues.  Fifteen years ago, we helped form a network of community health workers (CHWs) who lived in the most remote villages.  These stalwart women know their communities intimately and are able to help educate and assist to strengthen the health system. They play a vital role addressing challenges associated with the lack of medical practitioners per population, resource constraints, poor infrastructure and difficult terrain. CHWs ensure that children receive vaccinations, that malnutrition is identified and addressed, that a skilled attendant is present at births, and that patients with TB, HIV, and cholera receive appropriate and quality care.

Today as Haiti faces the unprecedented challenge of Corona, please support these women and clinic staff as they alert, protect and care for their community. They will be the front line on preventing widespread COVID-19 infection through community education and infection prevention. CHP will work with local health leaders, the Ministry of Public Health (MSPP) Clinic, and CHWs to improve the provision of skilled maternal and child health (MCH) support, strengthen data collection, and improve the integration of care between the clinic and CHWs in Petit Trou.

Each donation made through May, 2020 will help provide protective equipment for the clinic and educational materials and support for the community health aides. In Haiti, with lack of medical providers and infrastructure, there will be an even stronger need to keep families safe.  And these community health aides will be on the front lines. 

Please donate NOW as you can, remember even in our times of trial, the families in remote Haiti still need your support.

 

 

Health Care in Rural Haiti
Health Care in Rural Haiti
Clinic Care in Petit Trou de Nippes
Clinic Care in Petit Trou de Nippes
Sep 11, 2019

Planning for Future Growth

Plans are being crafted to reorganize the use of existing land at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou de Nippes in order to expand the agricultureal learning and animal husbandry program, create a space for a soccer field, and plant up to 860 moringa and lime trees. 

The project will include a solar-powered well and irrigation system to water the school garden during the dry season, which can last up to half of the year. The project also includes building a strong, block wall to help protect the garden from neighboring cattle and goats who climb, go under or bust through weak fencing. These changes will allow the school agriculture program to continue year round, and exponentially increase yeilds. 

With the new well as the water source for the garden, the existing small rain catchment can serve other purposes, namely the animals and new orchards. The animal husbandry program plans to double their stock, giving students the opportunity to learn skills like how to vaccinate and breed. The catchment will also water around 860 sapplings on campus. In time, the trees will not only offset carbon for the organization and beautify the campus, but will also provide a revanue source for the school and an economic boost for the community. 

Pending budget, these plans could be underway as soon as the Spring of 2020. 

Jun 19, 2019

St. Paul's Annual Harvest Festival

Children harvest vegetables from the school garden
Children harvest vegetables from the school garden

There was much bustling about on Friday morning in preparation for the annual St. Paul’s School Harvest Festival. Vendor stalls needed to be built, vegetables harvested, eggs gathered and children corralled.

Each year, the school holds this festival to showcase the agriculture program, led by Agronomist Raphael Salvador, which teaches students about farming and animal husbandry, and supports small family farms in the community. There is a small fee to enter and the proceeds help support the school's program. After a welcome from Agro Raphael, Father Luc Desire and Principal Maxo Valcin, the children sang songs, performed dances and enacted plays advocating for the preservation of trees, care for the environment and the importance of nutrition.

Artisans and vendors displayed their wares in stalls made from long sticks. Local women kept the stoves going nonstop cooking delicious “fritay”, or fried Haitian staples such as plantains and manioc. Eggs gathered from nearby chicken coops and a large spread of okra, peppers, eggplants, melons, sugar cane and carrots harvested from the school garden made up the offering from St. Paul’s program. Goats were tethered to a tree in the shade and the rabbit hutch was on display nearby.

Later in the day, a bicycle was raffled off and St. Paul’s students played a soccer match against students from a nearby school. This year’s festival was a big success, with fantastic attendance from St. Paul students and parents, as well as students, parents and community members from the surrounding area.

Teachers Raphael & Vladiny with a student
Teachers Raphael & Vladiny with a student
Student displays her artwork for the festival
Student displays her artwork for the festival
Student displays his artwork for the festival
Student displays his artwork for the festival

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