Oct 9, 2017

Updated Vision on Children's Health & Education

Checking on the Water Filtraion System
Checking on the Water Filtraion System

Dear Friends,

We first want to extend our thoughts to our friends, family, colleagues and neighbors in the Caribbean. It has been a very difficult few months and we wish for better days ahead very soon.

This past August we installed new Wi-Fi router which connects to the cloud. This more powerful router allows us to run the educational portion of our program for the children via streaming video. The educational component is crucial to our success in that we hope the children will grow to understand healthcare from a science, anatomy, wellness, nutrition, physical and economic perspective.

Our team also visited Mission of Hope Hospital which is directly across the street from Fondation Montesinos. It is an impressive facility- a full service hospital with x ray, emergency, optometry, dental, ObGyn, cardiology, pulmonary, lab and internal medicine departments, as well as a prosthesis lab and much more. They have access to a central sterile facility which will help our small clinic manage any procedures we need to do at our site. We created an agreement in which MOH will provide any necessary care that our partner, PoumonTEK is not able to provide, for a small monthly stipend, and they will in turn use our Sho-Ping Clinic for Healthcare and Education building for some of their community-wide education programs. MOH is also going to do complete blood work on the children to determine past vaccination history and then supplement as needed.

Apparently the children’s dental health is very bad which can affect cardiac health as an adult. Our water engineer who came our most recent trip thinks it is possible there is naturally occurring fluoride in the water at excessive levels which is degrading their teeth (a little fluoride is good, too much is apparently really bad). He also tested the salinity and it’s very high. MOH will start to address the children’s dental health immediately in their dental clinic.

Our Water Engineer assessed the situation, and gathered lots of data with the help of our General Contractor who also met us on site during our latest visit. He now has volume and use data, understands the layout of the existing and future buildings and can design the new system. Our Engineer is also training our on-site support staff, how to maintain the system so we won’t have to worry in the future about the system falling into disrepair which is what caused the old one to fail during hurricane Matthew.

The team also review the design documents and materials are being secured for the work.

We also met with an attorney who will help us with the process of forming a Haitian Foundation so that we can apply for in-country grants as well.

PoumonTEK also provided their two year vision for the future for the children which includes not just educational videos but work with a sports medicine doctor on fitness. Additionally, they are focusing on dental health, hygiene, and eye care to protect from sun damage.

And finally, PoumonTEK has arranged for Christa, the little girl with the club foot who is in our care and has sadly become increasingly withdrawn, and is suffering badly, to have the necessary surgeries at a nearby hospital. To our donors who may want to support this particular mission, we still need to raise $1500 to pay for round the clock nursing care post-surgery.

Eggs from ducks raised at Foundation Montesinos
Eggs from ducks raised at Foundation Montesinos
Prosthetic Lab At Mission of Hope Hospital
Prosthetic Lab At Mission of Hope Hospital
Jul 10, 2017

Clinic Update!

Engagement with the Children in the community
Engagement with the Children in the community

 We have made some excellent design progress in the last few weeks on our proposed Sho-Ping Chin Health Clinic for Children. We have finalized a very efficient floor plan which includes two exam rooms, restroom, storage, staff areas, and sizable interior and shaded exterior waiting areas.  This design also reflects input from children in the local community, with their visons of the new proposed Health Clinic (see uploaded photos herein).  A structure and envelope design is also in the final stages. We expect to issue these documents to our Haitian construction partner in the next few weeks for final construction cost estimates.  Once we have finalized an agreement with our Haitiian construction team, we will initiate the planning and materials procurement process, to start construction in the next few months. We are very excited about our efficient and thoughtful design that has been created by our team (including input from those to be served by the Clinic) and the pending construction start!

Smiles are abound
Smiles are abound
Apr 4, 2017

The Silent Phase when the Wheels are Churning

Dear Friends,

Since January, when our year-end fundraiser concluded, we have been working hard. It is behind the scenes work which rarely provides good images or relatable stories to post but, none the less, is real progress.

Our design team which includes architects, engineers, landscape architects, signage and graphic designers, construction managers and sustainable design consultants has been developing the details of Phase 1 of the Sho-Ping Chin Clinic for Healthcare and Education. The design has advanced enough for a general contractor in Haiti to provide us with real-time pricing and schedules which we will report on in our next quarterly report.

We have also been working to lay out the healthcare delivery plans and goals for the next year for the children. And we have found an IT consultant group who works for several non-profits in Haiti. They will help us develop a program that allows us to track data and adjust our healthcare program in accordance with both the children's needs and our goals of changing how the children perceive their right to healthcare.

Other Board Members have been working to raise money via on-line campaigns such running marathons, providing professional services pro-bono in exchange for donations, raffling off vacation home stays and donating percentages of income from on-line sales of Haitian imported products. Also, we are finally at the stage in which we can compile and present grant proposals for the program to allow us to operate in the children's interest for many years to come.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and look forward to reporting on exciting events in the coming months.

 
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