Children at Charrette
The month of September was a very active one for SHH and our Partners, PoumonTEK and Foundation Montesinos.
(As I write this report, Hurricane Matthew is battering Haiti. Foundation Montesinos is on the west coast of Haiti, just north of Port-Au-Prince, between the mountains and the sea. It will sustain damage from winds as well as possible landslides. Soon we will get reports from our partners there and we imagine extra medical help will be needed. We are poised to help not only the children but the many other families in the region who will seek shelter in FM's buidings. Please consider an additional donation to help with any relief efforts.)
Design Charrette: Board Members Lee, Gerard and Cassie, accompanied by our incredible interpreters, Emmanuel and Wendell Alphonse, ran a fun and successful design charrette with the 90 children at Foundation Montesinos. The team members brought suitcases full of donated art supplies for the children to use to create their vision of what their building, the Sho-Ping Clinic for Healthcare and Education, should look like. The youngest children used markers and crayons to draw their ideas, the older children used popsicle sticks and bass wood, and the oldest children built fabulous models of the building itself. The team was struck by the children's use of color and geometric shapes and are looking forward to using these ideas in the design of the building.
Staking the Corners: Board Members Gerard, Lee, Neil and Miriam worked on staking the corners of the foundation for the new clinic building. And Board Member Lyris's father (who owns Tecina, a construction company in Port Au Prince) met with the team on site to prepare for the survey and develop the most cost effective solution to building on the slope that overlooks the mountains. The team brainstormed about how to use sustainable materials to get natural light into the facility while preserving views and maintaining security.
Medical Examinations: PoumonTEK along with our newly engaged Dr. Joey, saw all 90 children. Over the last three months they accomplished the following:
1. Assessed all of the children and created a medical record for each one in the electronic charting data base.
2. Administered de-worming medications to all the children.
3. Brought medications such as: antibiotics, vitamins, cough and cold syrups, Tylenol and hydrocortisone creams.
4. Trained FM's staff member, Daphnee, on medication administration and provided her with the medications and schedule for administering to the children.
5. Met with the cooks and the house parents for the boys and girls, and held classes on nutrition, focusing on the right mix of proteins and grains from food that is available in the immediate area.
6. Set up an appointment with a dentist, who will do checkups and prophylaxis. SHH brought toothbrushes and toothpaste which will get distributed to each child. The children will be shown a video on brushing which also explains the medical importance of caring for their teeth.
7. Established the baseline for what vaccinations are still needed and arranged to secure these vaccinations at no cost.
One important medical finding was that the girls have a lot of vaginal itch. The plan is for PoumonTEK to hold a class on hygiene, and the water source will be checked. Also an effort is being made to help the children make eye contact which is not easy to do for the Haitians in low socioeconomic communities.
Through the new internet connection online classes which have already been prepared can be shown on asthma, colds/viruses, hygiene, misconduct, respect, sexually transmitted diseases (when age appropriate), etc.
Additional future plans include developing a program similar to Big Brother/Big Sister. PoumonTEK has invited volunteers to mentor the children to help build up their self-worth and self-esteem. Nurses also participate. For example, one nurse takes charge of 5 children, to develop a personal relationship, with the goal of getting them to confide in their new healthcare providers. Also, Dr. Joey has provided access via his private practice in Port Au Prince to telemedicine. This provides the children with access to medical specialists such as surgeons and infectious disease doctors not easily reached in Haiti.
Thank you and happy autumn to all!
Drawing her vision of a healthy life
Lee and Gerard Planning the Sho-Ping Clinic
Neil, Emmanuel, Lee and Wendell
Staking the Site
Dr. Joey and PoumonTEK treating the children