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Jul 26, 2019

Final Report: Healthcare in Rural Haiti

Dear Supporters!

We wanted to write you to inform you that for the time being, we are closing this fundraising campaign. Our programs in Central Plateau are still ongoing with mobile clinics, health clinics, maternity centers and community health agent visits functioning as normal.

Just recently, we partnered with the Haitian Ministry of Health on a week-long vaccination campaign targeted towards children aged 2 months to 5 years old. Our health agents admiministered vaccinations and Vitamin A to children in some of Central Plateau's most remote areas. 

We urge you to stay in contact with us, by visiting our Facebook: www.facebook.com/projectmedishare, Website: www.projectmedishare.org and Instagram: @medishare4haiti

Thank you so much for the support this past year!

May 30, 2019

A very exciting update!

When we created this Global Giving fundraiser last year, we were hoping to gather the funds needed to launch a baby box program in Haiti. Our goal was to create incentives for expecting mothers to attend all required prenatal appointments prior to delivery. In a rural setting, where transport, child care, and money are scarce, visiting our maternal health centers requires a lot of commitment from the mothers in our communities. Haiti is the sixth poorest country in the world. Women must make difficult decisions such as which child to feed, which to send to school, and unfortunately, if they can afford to travel for a medical appointment. 

Through our incredible network of friends and supporters, we quickly reached the goal we set and were able to start devising a plan of what items would be most useful for new mothers in the Central Plateau. We were so excited to put together these kits, and see the mothers' faces when they received them.

What we did not expect were a series of setbacks - several weeks of civil unrest and violence in Haiti resulted in closed roads, limiting our staff, and mobility on the ground. We were scrambling to keep our clinics open and patients treated. But, we remained commited to this project.

We are very proud to announce that this month, we were able to ship all the items purhased for the baby boxes down to Haiti and will begin distribution early next month!

Items purchased include onesies, blankets, hygiene products and more. We cannot wait to share pictures with you soon. Thank you for your patience and support!

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Apr 8, 2019

Update: Rural Health in Haiti

We wanted to pop in to say hello and share an update from Lahoye. Children in Lahoye, an impoverished, rural community near Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic, are the highest population at risk for HIV, malnutrition, health complications and overall lack of well being.

Project Medishare launched our Orphans and Vulnerable Children program (OVC) in 2008.

Currently, we provide 350 children ages 4-18 and their familieswith health, education and protection services, along with psychosocial and spiritual support. We work with the families to ensure the children are enrolled in school, cover all their schools fees and make sure they have materials needed. Family members contribute their school uniform, and we provide them with book bags, school books and essential items such as notebooks, pencil and a geometry kit.

The children meet bi-weekly; activities include music lessons, crafts and soccer games. Educational sessions cover topics such as health education, hygiene, economics and spiritual guidance. All the children receive visits by our staff, both at-home and in-school.

We recently visited during one of this bi-weekly meetings, where the children welcomed us with a song. 

We also had the pleasure of meeting Marjorie. This spirited 13-year-old has been part of our OEV program for the past 5 years. Marjorie impressed us with her English skills, which she studies in school. She dreams of becoming a doctor, so she can give back to her community. Marjorie shared with us that her favorite thing about the OEV program is the dancing and social activities, and all the good friends she has made there.

Meeting children like Marjorie remind us of the importance of our work. We wanted to share her story to remind you of how thankful we are for your support. One behalf of our entire team, Marjorie, and the children in Lahoye, thank you for believing in us.

 
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