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Medical mission trip to Haiti
Haiti Medical Mission: October 2015
The 2010 Earthquake Earthquake
Since the end of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, Haiti has been jolted by coups and contested elections that have further undermined the economy of the region's poorest country, which is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives.
Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and rubble nearly everywhere.
Cholera was unknown in Haiti — until 10 months after the 2010 earthquake. Then it exploded along Haiti's largest river, the Artibonite, and spread quickly throughout the nation.
CDC Recommendations Health Information for Travelers to Haiti
The CDC website is a valuable resource for travel to destinations in remote areas that pose risk to your health.
Find out about needed vaccinations, medications, tips for packing.
My concerns: language, mosquitos, malaria, food, stomach problems, infection, contagious diseases, bathrooms, water, bathrooms,..................................Self - centered?
Meet the People Behind the Scenes: Carlos - our Haitian connection. Carl & Carol Vorst - the US connection
Carlos is from Haiti in an area called Tabarre. The House of Hope Orphanage and the George Shinn Medical Clinic are located in Tabarre
Inside the compound there is also a school, a church, and a small soccer field. There is a small area that will hopefully be a playground one day.
Taking a Break
Carl and Carol have been traveling to Haiti for over 20 years. They have spent this time working to build and sustain the orphanage, and the clinic.
Carol and Carl talking to a group of us after a day in the clinic....... well mostly Carol talking. Carl is very quiet, and is usually found working on equipment ...... like making sure the generators are running so we have electricity,
When we arrived at House of Hope, we put our luggage next to a bunk in a room where we would be staying, and Carol and Carl took us on a tour of the Compound. First stop the Orphanage.
18 young girls live here, and are taken care of by women who live and work at House of Hope
Inside the Orphanage: The building materials are concrete and metal.
Deforestation in Haiti
A wall in the Orphanage - no windows - no screens
None of these kids have a home in the community. I only heard stories about a few of them from Carol. Two were found in trash dumps, two young sisters were found in a home with dead people, and one was left on a Sunday at a church service when she was about 8 months old and near death.
Carol told us they love school but they have some behavior and learning problems due to the trauma they have survived in their young lives. They are supported by donations.
The top floor of this building is where volunteers stay.
The bottom floor has classrooms for young children
House of Hope has had armed guards inside the gates of the Compound. The guards were brought in 2 years ago after an armed robbery occurred one night. A young missionary couple, Paul and Kate were held at gunpoint and robbed.
I sent my son this picture from Haiti: He said, "Armed guards? , Really mom, maybe you should rethink your travel plans".
Monday morning: Class in Session
The students wear uniforms, and the girls have matching barrettes in their hair. ( They love barrettes )
They must be use to the weather, they look so cool and clean!
Rear -View of the Birdcage from the Roof of the Orphanage
The Outdoor Kitchen
George Shinn Foundation: First Day at the Clinic
We were able to see over 85 patients a day in the Clinic and provide medical services, dental services, and give medications for various problems. The Clinic was open for 3 days from 9-5.
George Shinn donated $350,000.00 to build this 3 story clinic. So far only the ground floor is completed.
Volunteer Physicians from Haiti with Angelo and Marcus
The time in the clinic flew by, so many people to see. They waited in the heat for hours, no one complained
A patient. We saw a lot of kids who came in without parents to be seen by a doctor.
Intake: Nurses working with Interpreters to talk to the Patients
Deaf Ministry: First time this service was provided to this community
Waiting until the Interpreter and the Volunteer who "signs" for the deaf, to be seen by a Physician.
You can find what you need in here :)
Brooke PT, seeing patients
The Fashion Show
Wondering what to do after a day in the Clinic?
Dresses made by women from one of the volunteer's home church
Heat and Dirt and Soccer: Bring It
Prayer time with the Coach Rubin
Watching the game from the sidelines and playing with the kids
Just Like Home
Hanging Out after the Service
Danielle and some of the girls. They were happy to see her! - she has met them on a previous trip
Down Time Up on the Roof
view from the roof
On the way to the Airport
Check out the windshield
In Haiti, about 75 percent of the population lives in poverty.
Amazing. I sent my son this picture from Haiti and asked him if he could do this. He said laying down with the cooler on his belly - maybe.
In Haiti and other developing countries, there has been a strong effort to keep the poor landless and disenfranchised. If they are vulnerable economically and socially, it is believed the poor can be easily coerced into working for the rural and urban elites for low wages.
I forgot to bring my water bottle. I carried the same coke bottle for 4 days for a water bottle.