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.
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