Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1
Health and safety have been priorities for Haiti Foundation of Hope since its inception. In the last several years, these two areas have risen to greater importance with the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid increase in political unrest and gang violence in Haiti.
For years, the Clinic of Hope staff, the school staff and teachers, and the community health volunteers have educated people about the importance of handwashing and clean sanitation practices. COVID-19 heightened the need for and the awareness of hand washing. A large handwashing station is now under construction within the Clinic of Hope’s compound. Haitian workers are using concrete and tile to build a station allowing at least five people at a time to wash their hands with running water and soap.
The unstable political climate in Haiti has contributed to increased gang violence throughout the country. This last year, HFH took steps to increase the security around the school and clinic compounds: the height of the concrete block walls was increased; security wire was added to the walls around the Clinic of Hope and staff dormitory; and the gates were upgraded or improved. All the work was completed by our Haitian partners and all materials were purchased in Haiti.
All of this work was possible through the generosity of HFH supporters. Thank you! Working together, we are creating a safe and healthy space.
by Ron Whitted, HFH board member