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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.

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. 

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