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Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors
Starting the habit of hand-washing young
Starting the habit of hand-washing young

Hello all,

We hope this finds you well!

The latest addition to our health education programme is a summer camp of fifty children. These kids come from all over the community, and once a week they spend a fun-filled hour learning about how to avoid cholera and stay healthy.

In lessons tailored to their level, the kids learn how to avoid cholera and other water-borne illnesses. The classes are not only educational, but focus on building children’s confidence through art and fun health-related activities.

In combination with our on-going work in orphanages our health education is now reaching more than 150 children and dozens of adults, and none of it would have been possible without your support! We appreciate all you’ve given, and hope that you’ll continue supporting health education in Haiti for those who need it most.

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If you’re not on Facebook, you can still share this information with friends and family or just make a donation.  Thank you so much for all you’ve already done to promote good health in Haiti, and our warmest regards.

Photo Credit for all included photos: Dorota Oleksiewicz and Micaela Meytebiere

Listening to a lesson on water safety
Listening to a lesson on water safety
Washing his face with safe, treated water
Washing his face with safe, treated water
Good hygiene is key to stopping Cholera
Good hygiene is key to stopping Cholera

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Learning about hand-washing
Learning about hand-washing

Dear Donors,

We hope this finds you well?

Thanks to your support, after the cholera outbreak at the Foyer d’Orelph Orphanage, we’ve stepped up our work in health education not only in Foyer d’Orelph but two other orphanages where we work.  With the rainy season in full swing, and cholera cases surging again, teaching kids and staff about how germs spread and how to stay healthy has never been so important.

Last week, volunteers taught kids all about what germs are and how to be a “germ buster”. Classes are tailored to the children’s ages, so while older children learned about the immune system and different illnesses, younger kids did fun activities to help them grasp the concept of germs.

These classes for children are backed up by trainings for staff and nurses, where nurses and doctors take the time to teach the adults about these essential issues.

Combined with the records systems provided to each orphanage and our team ensuring that the orphanages have sufficient supplies to keep the kids safe and healthy, we’re working to ensure that not only is the recent cholera outbreak not repeated, but that all the children’s general health will improve as well.

These expanded operations would not have been possible without your support, and we hope you’ll be willing to support on-going health care and education for the more 100 children in our programme by donating or spreading the word about Global Giving’s Matching Day on June 15th. Global Giving will be matching all donations of up to $1,000 by 30%, and the organsiation which raises the most will win an extra bonus. Please get involved if you can by spreading the word or making a donation.

Again, thanks so much for your support, and our warmest regards from Haiti.

Visual aids help teach about germs
Visual aids help teach about germs

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One of the kids affected by Cholera
One of the kids affected by Cholera

As the world’s attention turns to new crisis, we were recently reminded that Cholera is still a very real threat by an outbreak at one of our partner orphanages. 11 children at the Foyer d’Orelph were sickened by the water-borne illness and required hospitalisation to recover.

The outbreak was a frightening reminder that Cholera is far from gone in Haiti, but it was also a hopeful illustration that Cholera need not be a deadly disease. Thanks to education provided by EDV and other groups, the orphanage directors were immediately able to identify the signs of Cholera and knew that they must take the children to the hospital.

Their quick action meant that none of the children will suffer any long-term effects from their brush with Cholera, and they were able to recover quickly.

The directors were also ready when emergency supplies like disinfectant and safe water started to arrive. They knew to isolate sick children and start a strict hand washing regiment. With the help of our nurse, they were able to stop the outbreak just four days after it began.

While the situation at Foyer d’Orelph has calmed, it is a sobering reminder that Cholera is not gone, and that without the kind of education that the directors at Foyer d’Orelph received, this disease can still claim lives.

At EDV, we’re working with the Foyer d’Orelph and other vulnerable groups to ensure that during this rainy season, they’re prepared for more Cholera cases. We hope you’ll continue to support our work in Port au Prince – and until May 20th your support will go even further than usual.

During Global Giving’s Recurring Donation Challenge, the group that gets the most recurring donations or raises the most through recurring donations wins up to $2,500!

That means that your monthly donation, even if it’s as small as $10, could help us win more than $2,000 to keep these vulnerable kids healthy.

If you can’t consider making a monthly gift, you can still get involved by letting your friends know about this exciting opportunity to support Community Health Education in Haiti.

Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and warm regards from Haiti!

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Talking about River Safety with Visual Aids
Talking about River Safety with Visual Aids

EDV volunteers recently returned from a cholera and disease prevention training in Fond de Negres. Attended by more than 100 community members, this series of trainings focused on preventing cholera as well as general water safety and how to prevent illness.

These kinds of trainings do more than impart essential information – they also place health in the control of the community. Armed with the knowledge they need, community members can protect their loved ones as well as themselves.

Each person who attended one or more trainings received a card for their attendance. This certificate proves they were present and has the essential facts of water purification, such as how much bleach to use to purify water.

While these efforts contain cholera, they also build connections as part of our larger push to improve health education in the communities where we work. This health education programme aims to control cholera and do much more.

We could never have provided these essential trainings without the support of donors like you. We’re excited to hold more classes and we hope you’ll be a part of giving more Haitians the tools they need to contain cholera by donating today or sharing this page.

Again, thanks so much for all you’ll already done.

Warm Regards,

Presenting Cholera Prevention Information
Presenting Cholera Prevention Information
Teaching about Cholera and Water Safety
Teaching about Cholera and Water Safety

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Us getting to know the community
Us getting to know the community

After many months, news about cholera is starting to slow, but that doesn’t mean that the need is slowing. We recently visited a community called Fonds De Negres. The area is home to more than 32,000 residents, and people are still dying of cholera.

Or, more precisely, they are dying from a lack of education about cholera prevention.

We met with the mayor who explained that many die simply because their friends and families are too frightened to help them. They believe that if they touch a person with cholera, they too will catch the disease and die.

Yet with proper rehydration, the vast majority of cholera cases are treatable, even outside a hospital. Communities just need to know how to treat cholera and education to break through their fear. What’s more, Cholera is 100% preventable.

Fighting cholera is about more than providing IV fluids and doctors: It’s about basic education on a grassroots level so that families know to how to protect themselves and their loved ones.
When it comes to cholera, a lack of education kills just as surely as the disease itself.

To address this issue, we’ll be supporting cholera trainings in the Fonds De Negres area. But we need your help. We need funds to provide buckets, bleach, soap and pay translators so that those in need have the tools and knowledge they need to protect themselves.

These simple, affordable measures can save lives, so even a small donation makes a big difference. Please do what you can either by donating or spreading the word about the on-going fight to stop cholera.

Thanks so much for all you’ve already done, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

At risk children in the community
At risk children in the community

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Emma Taylor
Southport, Connecticut United States

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