An HHA volunteer with Grace, just days after she'd been rescued
In the last month the HHA work on the ground has been a hub of activity. A greatly anticipated large UK team arrived in Haiti for a two week mission trip to help develop our work. As well as offering valuable support to our Children’s Home and Health Centre, the team’s passion and enthusiasm progressed onto the first of our hospital buildings. As you’ll see from the attached photos, our first ward is close to completion! After several years of being generously blessed by our loyal supporters, the dream of a new hospital finally truly starts to become true! The team have been tirelessly painting, tiling, plumbing and doing lots of other bits and bobs eagerly trying to get this ward as completed as possible before their departure in a few days. On behalf of all of us at HHA, and our staff on the ground in Haiti, thank you so much for drawing alongside us over the years in making this dream become a reality. We’re by no means finished, but the work achieved by this team thanks to the funds you’ve raised certainly marks our most positive step forward in this area of work! With only about £5,000 needed to complete this first ward, we’re confident within a month or so it will be finished.
Whilst the team have been in Haiti, (as you can see from the latest blog on our site), a new member of the team arrived - a little 5 month old baby with hydrocephalus who we named Grace, who’d been abandoned at the Government hospital. We were called to the hospital to see her by our medical director. When we arrived we found her lying in her own excrement in a room on her own, severely malnourished, and desperately weak. Thanks to our Children’s Home we were able to rescue Grace, and she’s now being offered the care she so desperately needs. Her arrival was a particularly powerful and moving experience for our volunteers on the ground, with the realisation of just how important the work they are doing on the building is. Had Grace received the appropriate medical support at birth, her life like so many other thousands of children in Haiti would have had a completely different outlook. Yet, as she rested in our home, her future very uncertain due to her condition, one minute up the track from our Children’s Home to the site of the hospital, other children watched on in excitement, helped paint, and enthusiastically joined with us in building Haiti a brighter future. In building future children like Grace a brighter hope, and the chance to be cared for as they deserve.
It’s incredible what a powerful difference this small team of people from the UK has made, and really that’s the story of the appeal as a whole. Small youth groups, schools, churches, families, or even individuals such as you who have captured something of the injustice of Haiti and decided to take a stand! It’s thanks to those people who have seen and acted that as you read this update, major life saving steps are being made to see our dream completed. By saying ‘our’ dream, we sincerely mean this. This dream belongs to everyone who has ever donated even as little as 1p to the appeal. It’s thanks to you that Grace has been saved from what the doctors described as probably death had we not responded, and its thanks to you that many other children’s lives will follow and be saved once these wards are completed.
Please continue to support us as together we seek to bring justice and hope to thousands of women and children.
For more information about our work please check out www.haitihospitalappeal.org, or feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first building close to completion thanks to you!
Some of the HHA team working on the neo-natal ward