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June 15, 2020

We opened our clinic in Haiti, Centre de Sante de Gatineau, on Monday, June 8th, in spite of the fact that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly throughout the country.  After being closed for the months of April and May, we felt that it was important to open again in order to provide medical care and needed medications for the hundreds of patients with chronic illnesses who depend on us for their care.  And, although we realize...

March 30, 2020

The week before Haitian President Jovenel Moise closed the airport in PAP and essentially put Haiti in a lockdown, we had a wonderful visit from our friends at Kingston Presbyterian Church (KPC), Dr. Wolf’s home church in Kingston, NJ.  This was a trip that was planned for two years, since the visit a year ago had to be cancelled due to political instability.  Two days before they were scheduled to fly down here, the US E...

February 24, 2020

The year 2020 began with a bit more political stability here in Haiti than we had for most of the previous year.  But, we are still requiring our visitors to fly back and forth between Port-au-Prince and Jérémie in order to minimize any travel risks.  We were very happy to welcome another great team from Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD at the end of January.  The team consisted of team leader Kathy English, RN, her husban...

January 20, 2020

Our lives in rural Haiti revolve around the seasons, not winter, spring, summer and fall but dry season and rainy season.  There are two rainy seasons in Haiti, October/November and April/May.  These are usually the months when we go back to the US for board meetings and fund-raising activities and we’re glad to miss the rain!  During these winter months, December through March, there is usually little rainfall, allowing...

October 4, 2019

We had the pleasure of hosting another hard-working team from Avera Health Systems in SD two weeks ago. They were able to fly to and from Jeremie, alleviating safety risks from the political instability here in Haiti.  The team included team leader Kathy English, RN and her husband, Dr. Gil English.  Gil is an OB/gyn physician and he does all of our cervical cancer screening follow up for patients who receive Pap smears w...

August 5, 2019

That was the conclusion of a meeting we had last Friday of all 24 of our volunteer Community Promoters. We try to meet with them periodically to get feedback regarding their work in the communities and to update their skills and knowledge in educating people about water and sanitation issues. This meeting was especially important because it was the first time we were able to hear from the 12 promoters who live high in the...

We have made great progress these past few months in our Water and Sanitation program, thanks to funding from an International Rotary Club grant, our wonderful community workers and motivated communities.  Our task was to build 210 latrines in 6 communities high up in the mountains where we have our second set of 12 Community Promoters working.  They have been busy for the past two years teaching their community members a...

We are pleased to let everyone know that we were blessed this past week by a visit from a very

intrepid group of people from Avera Health System in South Dakota. Avera has been bringing

medical groups to help us out in our clinic three times each year but with the recent political

unrest in Haiti, we thought that routine might get interrupted. After much discussion and

monitoring of the situation in PAP right up to the last d...

We’ve written a lot of blogs about medical teams that come to visit us from Avera Health System in Sioux Falls, SD, but that’s because they send a team to visit us three times each year! Last week, we had a visit from an Avera team of twelve and it was another wonderful week of hard work, enthusiasm, expertise, fun and fellowship.  The leader of the team, as always, was nurse Kathy English and she did another superb job o...

Last April, at our annual fundraising banquet in Milwaukee, we announced the start of a new Goat Program. The program is designed to help rural families generate income to support themselves and their children.  The response to our request for funding was overwhelming!  Everyone wanted to buy a goat or two or three!  As a result, we quickly began making plans to initiate the program in four communities near our outpatient...

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