Our October team is back home after a busy 10 days in Haiti. Here are some highlights from their time working at the Clinic of Hope in Terre Blanche:
- Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti while the team was there. It brought rain and caused lots of mud but clinic continued.
- The team saw more than 800 patients, and dispensed rice and beans to all of them, thanks to the generosity of many friends, family, churches and colleagues.
- School is back in session. This year, a 12th grade has been added and there are a total of about 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary school.
A few team members were able to visit with parents participating in a new nutrition education program as part of the Community Health Program. Local mothers are taking the leadership in the nutrition education.
- The third annual medical conference for Haitian medical personnel of northern Haiti was held. Five team members gave presentations in English and were assisted by Haitian Creole translators. There were 62 attendees who were excited about the continuing education they received and are hoping for another two-day conference in the future.
A final note from the team leaders: As usual, God blessed us with a very capable, hard-working medical team. The rapid development of partnership between the Haitians and the team, within a short period of 10 days, is truly a miracle that can only be appreciated when observed on site. The testimonials from both Haitians and Americans confirm how effectively this relationship has been in the past as well as during this October 2012. And yet, there is much that needs to be done. Although Sandy produced only minimal damage to the school and clinic compound, we need much help to deal with the major recurring problem of poor crops, drought, chronic hunger and starvation. Please pray for the Haiti Foundation of Hope board as it seeks solutions.