Haiti Hospital Appeal

Helping to run one of the leading hospitals in North Haiti, we specialise in community health care, maternity, paediatric, and neo-natal care, and rehabilitation services for adults and children. Since 2006, we've been providing quality health care that is not restricted to the few, but is available to everyone. Working alongside the Haitian Government and grass root partners, we seek to empower a sustainable, inclusive and accessible health care service, driven by Haitian vision and staff. We are a Christian charity with a heart of compassion and a desire for justice. We choose to stand in the gap for the innocent and vulnerable as Jesus did, offering health care to all without any for...
Sep 30, 2015

Rehab patients moving into their own houses

Dieudonne in his new house
Dieudonne in his new house

Discharging people with a spinal cord injury who do not have family is always a challenge. Over the past few years, we have been trying to find a good solution for these patients staying at our rehabilitation unit. We created a transition home outside of our volunteer village and had three patients move in there. The transition home was equipped with the basic needs of a Haitian house.

Now, a little over a year later, they have finally found their own homes and were able to move out. They got some financial help to get the basic needs for their new houses, a bed, mosquito net and a solar lamp. We were also able to help them with a little start up business, so they can now continue caring for themselves and their families.

It is always strange to let people go after they have stayed with us for such a long time. And one never really knows, if the plans that were made are actually going to work out.

I went to visit Dieudonne last week. The little house he lives in isn’t gray inside anymore, he had some friends come help him paint the walls to make it look more friendly. Everything inside the one room was neat and clean, he proudly told me how much he liked to finally be able to take care of everything himself.

Every day he rides, propelling his wheelchair, about 15 minutes up the main road to where he works in a cooperation building solar panels. He was part of a UN project which offered him a one year training in that field. He doesn’t stop working when he gets back home. With the start up aid he got when he left the hospital, he purchased material to make smaller solar panels at his house, which he can sell in his neighbourhood to make some extra money to live on.

He still has to come to the rehab unit regularly to check and dress his wounds. But it is great to see what education of the patient and continuous training of the staff here can do! 

We believe that the long term future of every patient is just as important as the intensive rehab they receive at the hospital. Finding ways to empower the patients giving them independence and access to work is so important and something we will always work to improve. Your support is helping to shape the future for these Haitians and they thank you whole heartedly for it.

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Sep 29, 2015

Exciting news for the respite home!

James at the Maison
James at the Maison

We are delighted to announce that the respite home, which we call the Maison de Benediction, will now be open for four days a week as opposed to the three days it is currently running. This means that we can support more children and is only possible because donors like you remain committed to this project. Thank you so much for your support. 

The Maison will now run from Monday morning to Thursday morning meaning the current families can receive a more comprehensive programme of care and we can take in more children to this special and unique service; children such as James.

James is 14 and has cerebral palsy. He can walk and talk, but his speech is very difficult to understand. He understands everything we say to him but he is difficult to understand and often he can become frustrated, really wanting to share his ideas and tell us what he knows. We have a Speech Therapist from England volunteering with us at the moment and so she is working with the staff to develop an hour of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schooling for our children. James has not been accepted in to school here in Haiti, even though his family have taken him to enrol him several times. The schools don't include him because of his special needs.

But we believe in James and know he can achieve a lot with the right support. After just 2 weeks of these activities in the Maison, he is learning to read and write and is a wonderful student!

We are very excited to be opening for another day but we know our job is far from finished. There are an unthinkable number of families who desperately need this kind of respite and rehabilitation support and with more funding we know we can reach more of them. Please consider committing to a regular gift so we can do more. 

Thank you so much.

James in the paddling pool
James in the paddling pool

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Sep 28, 2015

Taking infant healthcare mobile

Baby receiving treatment
Baby receiving treatment

At the hospital we know we only see the lucky few who can get to us so an increasingly important part of our work is to go out into the more remote communities and deliver treatment to the most vulnerable where they are.

During one of our mobile clinics, our very first patient seen was a 2 month only little girl. She was lethargic & so very tiny. Her mum was 16 years old, so very young herself. She explained that her daughter had been having diarrhea for 2 days and had not been breastfeeding. Without hesitation, our receiving doctor called the hospital (HCBH) to refer her for admission, noting her severe dehydration.

From the point of referral to putting in an IV, it took less than 30 minutes in total. The staff were so kind and helpful to this mother, who struggles to financially care for herself and her little girl. She received teaching on breast feeding, caring for her newborn, and what her hospital stay would look like. The next morning, after spending all night with her little girl, the mum had a smile as we passed by to check on her.

She was so proud that she had done the right thing and gotten her sweet little girl the care she needed. Such pride in learning how to be a new mum.

These good news stories of when we reached a young family just at the right time are so uplifting for everyone working here but we know that for every happy ending there are many tragic ones we have not been able to change. If you can help us reach more vulnerable mothers, babies and children then please consider making another donation today. Thank you so much. 

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