Some of kids learning to paint!
What a busy few months it's been for the Haiti Hospital Appeal.
The Children's Home has developed incredibly over the last few months thanks to all your support. Over the summer we refurbished a room within the home for a new member of our staff...a teacher! We now have a fantastic little classroom which allows our new team member to work one to one with the children with special needs. Everything we do aims to provide these children with the best chance of independence when they're older. This includes teaching them to walk, feeding themselves, playing, communicating and now learning vital skills through the class room. Many of the kids have really come alive through this exciting development, and we're looking forward to expanding this work.
Thanks to 'Living Water' we also have a new nurse who comes to the home every morning Monday - Thursday and checks all the kids are doing OK. Sadly the health situation for children in Haiti is still dire and even with our new nurse there are some times cases we struggle to deal with. About a month ago one of the children we support had a seizure. The government hospital which the child was taken too lacked the basic resources to deal with this child's needs. We asked one of the doctors what the prognosis was, and he turned to us and said, 'Not great. I know what to do for this child but I don't have the right equipment to help.' The next day the doctor came to our sight and shared the sad news that the child had died in the night. This tragic news was just one story of the continued need for more action.
Many children have been saved thanks to your support in this home! Where there was no hope they have been given hope. Where there was no future they have been given one. Yet, the sad story of this little child reminds us at the Haiti Hospital Appeal of the continuous urgent need for further help. We cannot stop.
That's why in the coming months we're going to be pushing forward with some more exciting developments. This includes launching a mobile outreach clinic for women and children, opening our maternity and pediatric unit, and progressing the work of a new Children's Centre we've just opened in the heart of Haiti. This centre will eventually provide day care for 20 disabled children. It's a new and exciting piece of work literally in its first few weeks of life. Next time we'll share a little more about this specific piece of work.
As with daily life in Haiti, this little update is full of highs and lows. The highs of knowing we have made a difference, the lows of knowing there are still children in need who we haven't yet got the capability of supporting. That's why we'd call upon you again to make a donation towards this work, to encourage your friends and family to get on board and to spread the word. If you'd like to find out more information please visit our web-site which is packed full of blogs, news items and much more: www.haitihospitalappeal.org
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to writing to you again soon and sharing some more stories of what your support has helped achieve!
The Haiti Hospital Appeal team