Aug 30, 2020

Building Infrastructure

So what can a small charity do during a pandemic?   Quite a lot as it turns out.

At Haitian Vision Foundation out local connections helped us to provide a robust local response. We set up hand washing stations- maintained by students that we have sponsored, provided education on social distancing, masks and handwashing via printed information in Creole and local radio interviews.  And as the economy shut down, we purchase bulk food which was then delivered as over 400 meals to families at risk.

But we feel like we can and should do more. The pandemic has once again underscored the lack of health care infrastructure in Dondon. We did not have facilities to hospitalize sick patients or to provide oxygen or other supportive services to those in need. This provides further impetus to our drive to build a first class health clinic with overnight bed capability in Dondon. While it has been difficult to proceed quickly during the pandemic, we have continued to discuss plans and materials with the architect and to line up contractors.

But we need your help. While our building fund remains untouched, our emergency response to the pandemic has taken a large chunk of our reserves, some of which we had planned to add to the building fund. Please help us in our efforts to build capacity so that we may be ready for the next emergency in Dondon, whether it is the ongoing pandemic or a dehydrated child with diarrhea. 

Mar 26, 2020

Imagine this

Imagine living in a world where children die of diarrhea, high blood pressure and diabetes go untreated, and even mild infections are life threatening. All because of an overwhelmed and ill-equipped health care system. Americans are now facing just this possibility due to the coronavirus pandemic that has led to such unprecedented disruption in our daily lives. Unfortunately, this terrible situation is an everyday reality of life for most Haitians.

With few doctors and clinics, even fewer well-equipped hospitals and almost no ICU beds, people die or suffer complications from preventable and treatable problems every day. And now the coronavirus will exploit this systemic weakness with potentially catastrophic results. Please help HVF as we build healthcare capacity in Dondon. Not just for difficult times like these, but for everyone, every day. Certainly, we all deserve high quality care, pandemic or not.

We have the land, we have the plans and we are interviewing contractors. The coronavirus pandemic may slow us down, but it will not stop us.

Dec 17, 2019

33 people waiting in the rain

33 people waiting in the rain for their medication. Similar to the above picture that was taken at a previous clinic, this was the scene that again awaited our nurse one day recently in Dondon. Our Haitian nurse and nurse's aide see patients and provide their medications from a small room generously provided by a local church. However there is no shelter from the elements for those waiting, many of whom have walked long distances to receive their medication.  It also lacks electricity and running water.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors we are getting closer to beginning construction of our permanent clinic. With the help of our GlobalGiving and other fundraisers we are approximately halfway to the point where we can begin construction. We have the land and we have committed local and international volunteers. Still we need your continued generosity down the homestretch to make the clinic a reality!
The progress we have made in the last year, all while continuing to pay for medications for around 400 patients, and providing a living wage to our nurse and nurse's aide are a testament to the dedication and generosity of our supporters.
Please consider a year end donation to Haitian Vision Foundation. Your donation in any amount will make a difference!!
Mobile clinic site (no water or electricity)
Mobile clinic site (no water or electricity)
Staff meeting before clinic
Staff meeting before clinic

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