Feb 5, 2019

The Power of Partnership

Words of Comfort are truly part of the care
Words of Comfort are truly part of the care

In January, a group of medical professionals and other volunteers from the States joined Haitian Doctors, Interns and Translators to inaugurate the Sho-Ping Chin Clinic for Healthcare and Education Building.

Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti (SHH), Northeast Haiti Ministry (MHM), PoumonTEK (PT), the Alphonse Brothers Translation and Transportation Services (AB), Sniffen Pictures (SP), Environmental Products (EP) and Fondation Montesinos (FM) kicked off the wellness program for 500 children who attend the FM school in Titanyen. SHH and PT already team up to provide a primary healthcare program for the 90 children who live and learn at FM under the guidance of Father Charles. This clinic began what the partners hope will be a sustainable program for wellness for all of the children on the campus.

During the five days in January, the team worked to finalize the water filtration system so that it can produce sufficient water to supply the community as well as a future agricultural project that will be run by the children; set up the operational flow and stocked the clinic for future use; trialed a new electronic medical documentation system; saw 500 new pediatric patients and a few adult patients who are staff; traveled to the Artibonite valley to finish gathering video and images for an upcoming documentary; provided professional training for medical staff; identified and secured treatment for a child in crisis from a genetic disease; and brainstormed together for the future. We were all struck by, and affected by, the fuel shortages that have been plaguing Haiti. The history of this situation dates back centuries. However, thanks to the design of the clinic building and despite the lack of electricity due to the lack of fuel, the clinic remained bright and cool from natural solar and wind sources.

Our goals as partners will always be to provide a sustainable program that includes the children as partners in developing knowledge for their own well being and that of their community; and education is an integral part of the process. As the clinic process progresses, the team’s plans will expand to include professional training days, education days, patient follow up visits and new patient visits. Electronic documentation and programming are keys to the sustainability of the program. We saw that many children suffer from basic infections and genetic diseases which the world has long since had cures for. Sometimes the cure requires medication but it always requires education and access to information. It also requires partnerships which reach beyond government borders and which provide the strength to combat the idea that people should also have borders.

PT will continue to provide weekly primary healthcare and education to the children of FM. The full team will return in the fall to continue to program for all the children. We welcome anyone who has an interest in participating to contact SHH. We will be hosting a fundraiser to support the fall trip which requires financial support to purchase medications and equipment. We also look forward to the release of the documentary by Sniffen Pictures this summer.

Debriefing and Brainstorming
Debriefing and Brainstorming
Our Children
Our Children
Time Out for a Quick Challenge
Time Out for a Quick Challenge
Until Next Time
Until Next Time
Entertaining the Children with the Video Drone
Entertaining the Children with the Video Drone
Light, Wind and Triage
Light, Wind and Triage
The Blessing of Clean Locally Sourced Water
The Blessing of Clean Locally Sourced Water
Dec 4, 2018

The Clinic Building Opens Its Doors!

Clinic Building
Clinic Building

Hillary Clinton once said: “Our greatest monument on this earth won’t be what we build, but the lives we touch.”

 About two years ago we spent several days with the children of Fondation Montesinos, in Titanyen, Haiti, asking them what they thought a building of wellness should look like. They inspired us and helped us build a beautiful building, that is, more importantly, theirs. This past September we opened the doors to the Sho-Ping Chin Clinic for Healthcare and Education, named for one of our co-founders who died in 2016. Through this building and our programs, we are teaching a generation to take responsibility for their own well-being which will create a sustainable healthcare model, and will affect long term change for future generations.

We held a dedication ceremony on September 28th, attended by Sho-Ping Chin’s family and Friends, as well as the family of some very special donors. Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti is fortunate to be a part of the partnership that this building represents. It may look small and unassuming but it is powerful because of the lives it will allow us all to touch. More than ever, we believe we live in a global society and it is all of our duty to help strengthen our neighbors when they are vulnerable.

Word of this new clinic building has spread and we are developing partnerships with several new organizations to ensure that all of the children who come to the school, as well as all of the residents of the community, have access to high quality and consistent healthcare.

Thanks to the connections of one of our Board Members we were introduced to Northeast Haiti Missionary, a group of medical practitioners in the Connecticut area who have run medical missions to Haiti in the past. We are excited to announce that SHH, PoumonTEK and NHM will be partnering on a medical mission in January that will focus on the 600 children who come to school at Fondation Montesinos from the surrounding community.

We would like to include below excerpts from the speech given at the Building Dedication. For those who could not attend, but would like to join in the celebration, we are holding a cocktail party on December 13th at The Social Restaurant in Newton, MA at 6 PM. All are welcome.

Excerpts from Speech Below:

Today I’m speaking on behalf of Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti whose Board includes:

Lee Silverstone and Lyris Liautaud who are here today as well as Gerard Georges, Cassie Grey, Carolyn Hern, Anthony Ishak, and Margaret Woodruff who all wished they could have been here.

Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti was founded 9 years ago. Some of our earlier projects included drilling a well to provide clean water to 400,000 residents who had moved to an area after the earthquake that had no source of clean water. Since then and along with our partners we've been providing healthcare for children including primary care, OBGYN, dental, optometry, nutrition and sports medicine programs. We also supported disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew. All of the services were delivered in temporary spaces and now there is a home for the wellness programs thanks to everybody standing here today and all of our extended supporters.

And I want to speak about our partners as well.

Sho-Ping Chin

The building is named after our co-founder, Sho-Ping Chin, who died in June 2013. Her family is here and will speak more about her personally, so I’m going to speak about her as part of SHH. It was a joy to be on this journey with Sho-Ping in every way. As a partner, she knew when to say “yes, let’s go,” knew when to say “hold on, let’s think about this,” knew when to say “THIS is how we are doing it.” She put the word and the meaning of “sustainable” into our organization which has guided us throughout the 9 years we’ve been working together. We think about sustainability in our building, our operations, our footprint in the community and our outcomes. We all miss her and we hope she would be proud of this accomplishment.

Poumontek

Sandra and Reginald and Dr Joey, who are here today, are our partners in healthcare and wellness delivery. While I could talk about how impressive they all are with their medical knowledge and experience, I’d rather just say that we’ve found our soul mates when it comes to caring for the children here.

The Alphonse Brothers 

Stephane and Wendell who are here, are the ones who literally get everything done on the ground. If we ever need anything, all we need to say is “call the Alphonses.” They are two of the most resourceful, kind and fun people to walk this earth.

Tecina
Lionel Bauduy, who is here, built this building. All I can say is, he not only provides us with a true place of comfort overhead but it’s a joy to spend time with him and talk about everything from construction to politics.


RDF Corporation
Shyang Puri and Derzen Fan who are here, on behalf of Leah and Naresh Puri, our wonderful donors who believe in us on every level. Sometimes when it's hard to know what to do next, all you need is someone saying “we believe in you” and then the path opens up. We thank RDF for helping us find the path.

 All of our other donors who are too numerous to name and cannot be with us today, we are humbled by the trust they have put in us.

Environmental Products
Jim Ellis, who is not here but visits often, brought us water. And water is the source of all life.


Father Charles
He is the heart of this campus. He is the driving vision behind change and represents hope for not just the children but for all of us.

And speaking of the children,
The children are the guests of honor. About two years ago we spent two days with all of them asking what they wanted their building to look like. They inspired us and made this building not just better but more importantly, theirs. There are some important things I will point out in this building because the children are the ones who created it out of their own imaginations. This is all for them and for a healthy future for generations to come.

Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting
Water Filtration System
Water Filtration System
Children at Dedication
Children at Dedication
Tree Planting in Honor of Our Donors
Tree Planting in Honor of Our Donors
Sep 6, 2018

Strengthening Our World

Construction Progress
Construction Progress

Now, more than ever, we believe that as global neighbors, the best way for our world to be healthy is to work with our neighbors-in-need in their own homes, in their own communities, locally.

September 2018 marks both an end and a beginning for Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti because we are finally going to achieve our goal of building a home for the children of Titanyen where they can find health, education and wellness. It is also the beginning of new partnerships and programs.

The Sho-Ping Chin Clinic for Healthcare and Education will be officially dedicated on September 28th. The team has been preparing for the special event by working through existing partnerships to furnish, equip and program the building, but as news of a new home for healthcare has spread in Haiti, we are finding new partners who will create new programs together in our new home.

On a recent trip we were fortunate enough to be at Fondation Montesinos when another group of volunteers from an organization in Indiana was running a basketball competition for the children. St.Tom's Parish at Purdue University funded and built the new basketball court and supports the wellness program through school-year sports and a basketball summer camp program open to all children in the area. They also arranged through an organization called Chalice to have the children individually sponsored for their school and nutrition needs. They have 45 of the 90 children already sponsored. We had been ships passing in the night for many years and when we were finally all there, our joint group efforts led to planning for an extended irrigation system, a new nutrition through farming program, continued care for Crista, security measures for the livestock, additional school supplies and expanded internet service to the entire campus.

We are including one picture of the progress on the clinic building. Our next report will feature the completed structure. To any of our friends who are in Haiti or can come on September 28th, please join us as we dedicate our new home.

 
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