“The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner
Haiti has been a re-baptism for me for the past 25 years. I am humbled by the joy of the children, the spirit of those healthcare providers that have so little to work with, and the resiliency of the people to deal with the disasters of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and continued political chaos.
We have been blessed to network with 2 organizations in Jacmel, Haiti. Pazapa (“one step at a time” in Creole) is a handicapped school that refers children with physical disabilities—clubfeet, crooked legs, congenital and traumatic deformities, all afflictions that make living in Haiti difficult for them and their families.
CCH (Community Coalition for Haiti) has built 3 OR’s and a rehabilitation unit since the earthquake 3 years ago that destroyed the main hospital in southern Haiti—CCH allows us to safely operate on those in need. Both organizations provide sustainable care and have Haitian staff that we work closely with. We now send 3 groups to screen, operate and do flu care with the Haitian staff. I just returned from Haiti with 4 Orthopaedic sugeons—screening children (well over 100 during the week) for planned surgery of returning Orthopaedic teams in Jan and Feb, 2015.
When we return, we will bring Anesthesiologists, nurses, PT, equipment manager and needed supplies and medications for the necessary surgeries on these children.
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
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