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Mar 4, 2019

Baby Box Project

If you have been tuning into news about Haiti, you will have been made aware of the violence and turmoil the country is in currently. It has been a very difficult few weeks for our staff, but we are dedicated to our mission, and refuse to abandon our work. Our health and maternity clinics in the Central Plateau remain open, and we delivered 22 babies in 8 days during the height of the riots throughout the country. We are one of few organizations that are still serving the community.

Unfortunately, the current state of the country has forced several changes in our programs. One of the affected initiatives is the Baby Box program. At the moment, we are operating with limited resources, and due to the instability, have had to temporarily put on hold baby box distribution. We are hopeful that the country will return to a stable state, and have plans to re-evaluate our plan in the coming weeks.

Below, we share with you an update from a few weeks ago, when we hosted out our Lahoye Maternity Center ribbon cutting ceremony.

Project Medishare staff, board members, donors, supporters and community members gathered together in Lahoye, Central Plateau on January 25 to celebrate the official ribbon cutting ceremony of Project Medishare's second maternity center.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Project Medishare Founder Dr. Barth Green, government officials, and representatives from Haiti's Ministry of Health.

This new facility has been greatly welcomed in this remote, rural community bordering the Dominican Republic. Prior to opening this second maternity center, pregnant women in Lahoye traveled nearly an hour via motorbike, or longer by foot, to access our Marmont maternity center. In a country with one of the globe's highest maternal mortality rates, maternity centers like ours are changing the landscape for women's health services in rural Haiti.

As a very special surprise, we welcomed a new baby girl, Stephanie, born at the clinic during our ceremony!



Jan 7, 2019

Healthcare in Rural Haiti Update #2

Happy holidays! We hope your new year is off to a great start. We are excited to share with you some photographs from our recent holiday party with our OEV children. 

For over 10 years, Project Medishare has been providing children ages 4-18 and their families with health, education and protection services, along with psycho-social and spiritual support. This Orphan and Vulnverable children (OEV) program was launched in Lahoye, a rural community near Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic. 

Recently, we gathered all the children enrolled in our programs so they could enjoy a fun afternoon together. While we regularly host educational activities for them, this was a day for them to unwind and welcome the holiday season together. 

The children enjoyed snacks, music and plenty of games. Some of the children even participated in a talent show, performing songs for their peers. After a special lunch, everyone received their presents, for which they were very grateful. 

We think hosting special days like these is important in promoting the wellbeing of these children. It's important they feel they have a safe space where they can have fun with their friends and fellow community members. Your donations will allow us to continue hosting special days like this one. 

We look forward to sharing updates with you as the new year progresses. 

Dec 4, 2018

Maternal Health in Rural Haiti

This past year, Project Medishare opened a second maternity center, in Lahoye. The first woman to give birth in the new center was 23-year old Tagella. For Tagella, it was her first time delivering in a clinic.

Tagella lives in a very rural area, with the nearest hospital being more than 45 minutes away. With her first two children, she went into labor at night. Risking the trip, on an unpaved road in the dark, was too dangerous. So, her first two children were born at home, with no medical supervision. This is the case for thousands of woman in the Central Plateau.

With our new maternity center in Lahoye, Tagella now has somewhere she can safely give birth, under the care of our trained nurses and midwives and she can encourage other women to do the same.

Your contributions will be aiding mothers like Tagella, helping to make childbirth and pregnancy safer for moms in rural Haiti. Our first eligible baby box recipients are due to give birth in early 2019. We can’t wait to share with you the stories of these mothers. Thank you for your continued support of our programs, together we are saving lives.

 
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