Over the last 6 months I've had the privilege to witness firsthand the exciting work achieved by the generosity of our supporters through living in Haiti. Over the last month the roof to our Surgical Department has been completed, and the roof to our Paediatric and Delivery Ward started. It should be completed within the next few weeks!
The work of the Haiti Hospital Appeal continues to grow in Haiti. Along with the building of our new Hospital facility which you've generously supported, our new 4x4 ambulance service which started at the beginning of this year continues to serve some of Haiti's poorest and most desperate. Our clinic is expanding its services to now include a Gynaecologist and Dentist, and our new Children's Home for Special Needs children and children with HIV/AID's is growing week by week.
Yet, as well as seeing the incredible difference you've helped to make, we also witness firsthand the daily injustice and struggle of life here in the poorest country of the Western hemisphere. The particular challenge to us has been witnessing so many children in our Children's Home who have been left disabled, simply through a lack of appropriate health care at birth. 75% of births still take place at home in Haiti without any medical support, and one in 5 children still die before the age of 5. We've picked up mothers and children in our ambulance forced to give birth in horrendous conditions, proving life threatening to both mother and child. The need for our Paediatric and Maternity Ward continues to remain urgent. Each day we meet children whose lives could have been so different had they been born with the support they needed.
Each month we get a step closer to completing this dream, and offering thousands of mothers and children the care they deserve. However, we still have more to do and further to go before this work is fulfilled. Even in the current economic situation the world faces, I would urge you all to remember those people in countries like Haiti who are truly suffering at this time. Even the smallest donation can make such a huge difference, and without you or work would be impossible. Please take a look at the pictures attached of our building work so far, and a copy of our most recent newsletter which will explain more fully about what you've helped to support in the last year or so.
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity! Please continue to remember us, as we certainly remember you.
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