Hope for Haiti Responds to Drought

Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications

It has been a severe dry season in rural Haiti, where Hope for Haiti partners with two communities as models of holistic development. In an area where 60 percent of households live in extreme poverty, small-scale agriculture is the largest form of work.

“We have been waiting for the rains to come before planting the fields,” noted local resident Marguerith Borsa. “Last season’s banana, rice and corn plants have all dried up.”

 

 The well rig finally arrived. Truck_pulling_in
The well rig finally arrived. Truck pulling in.

 

A seventy-one year old beekeeper, Gustave Sully, reflected on the problem. “The land just doesn’t produce right now.”

The drought has had a real impact. One partner school director noted that an estimated 30 percent of students have not been able to pay their full tuition. And a community well, the only source of potable water in this area, has completely dried up.

 

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Beekeeper Gustave with Hope for Haiti Deputy Country Director Paula Prince.
The well rig begins digging.

 

Thankfully, with the support of GoDaddy and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Hope for Haiti has been able to intervene. Our Education Program supports teacher salary subsidies and classroom materials, enabling school directors the flexibility to allow qualified students to attend without paying their fees. And, our School Lunch and Reforestation programs are encouraging a healthy local economy by teaching best agricultural practices, supporting farmers, purchasing crops, and feeding hungry students.

 

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Hope for Haiti staff happily receive the truck.
Kindergartners happy after school lunch.

 

Additionally, we are excited to announce Hope for Haiti was recently able to contract a well-digging firm to fix the community well.

Attached, please find photos of the huge well-digging truck arriving at the community school. This truck drove from Les Cayes, the closest major city, where Hope for Haiti is based – sometimes using riverbeds as roads! We’ll be sure to share an update and post photos when we finally get the well water running again!

 

School lunch cook wearing GoDaddy hat. Marguerith Borsa thanks you.
School lunch cook wearing GoDaddy hat.
Marguerith Borsa thanks you.

Rural site visit highlights importance of Public Health

Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications

Hope for Haiti first launched our Public Health Program three and a half years ago as an initiative to connect our long-term education and healthcare initiatives. Many of rural Haiti’s schoolchildren have no access to traditional healthcare facilities and so are particularly susceptible to diseases like cholera, malaria, and typhoid. In response, Hope for Haiti’s medical team trains young community leaders in prevention and education techniques to share within schools.

 

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CHW Frenel.
Donkey with Nurse Claudine & MTVs. Godly rock.

An important component to the Public Health Program is monitoring and evaluation through site visits. By observing the community health workers (CHWs) in action, Hope for Haiti’s Public Health Nurses can gauge both the presentation skills of the CHW and also assess students’ retention of information. To visit twelve rural schools is no easy feat! I recently joined our Public Health team on a visit near the Aquin area of Southern Haiti.

After driving as far as we could past the closest town, our team started to hike. The hike took close to three hours and required 8 river crossings. Thankfully, we were able to keep our shoes on this visit – but during the rainy season, kids, teachers, and our own CHWs must wade through the waters just to get to school.

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Hike break with donkey.
Kids head to school. Landscape.

As we walked, I learned a great deal about the daily routine in rural Haiti. Because most of these schools only extend through sixth grade, many older students walked down the mountain as we hiked up to get to the nearest junior high school. The local CHWs explained other hidden disadvantages to life in rural communities. Because market goods must be transported over such a long distance, prices for even staple items like oil or gasoline are highly inflated. Because of the lack of infrastructure, services from doctors or police are non-existent.

Still, the Haitian countryside is picturesque. Families in the area farm small plots, and one of the CHWs pointed out ginger plants and explained its various uses. We passed landmarks, like “the crying mountain” which always has a small waterfall and the huge “Godly rock” overhanging the trail. Both major Haitian phone networks, Digicel and Natcom, are competing to extend reliable cell phone service to the area.

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PH team. PH team hikes with MTVs. River crossing.

Upon arrival to the school, I saw first-hand the difference the Public Health Program is making. New CHW Frenel Saintles taught a lesson on worms and nutrition as he helped Nurse Claudine distribute de-worming tablets and children’s multivitamins. Supervising CHW Telor Pierre Louis discussed sensitive topics like women’s health and sexually transmitted infections with the older class of students, and he was able to communicate information with humor and energy. Most of all, during the hike, both local CHWs stopped in every household to say hello. Their neighbors, children and adults, know the CHWs as resources in case of emergency. By empowering these leaders with knowledge, Hope for Haiti is providing health education where there was previously none.


See the site visit in action with the Public Health video below!

Fire Destroys Community; Hope for Haiti Helps to Rebuild

Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications – February 3 2014

In January 2014, Hope for Haiti received an urgent call from our partner.  Sister Flora Blanchette manages the only healthcare facility on Ile a Vache, a small island about 45 minutes by boat from Hope for Haiti’s Les Cayes offices.  An islet near the facility had erupted in a massive fire.

Burned house and trees Burned island.
Burned house and trees. Burned island.

Dr. Steeve Victor, Hope for Haiti’s Medical Director, lead the response.  He headed to the island with 400 Emergency Buckets, equipped with life-saving supplies like food, water purification tablets, and soap for a family of five.  The islet typically houses up to 700 people, primarily fishermen.  However, thankfully the fire occurred when the majority of residents had traveled to the mainland for the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Hope for Haiti staff and Scorched tree.
Hope for Haiti staff and
volunteers check out the situation.
Scorched tree.

When Dr. Steeve landed on the islet, “everything was ashes. I could see the lots where there used to be houses, but there was nothing anymore. The only thing that was still standing was the church because everything else had been built with leaves. Even glass bottles melted from the fire’s heat.” Most of the residents are now living in a coastal town on the mainland, trying to rebuild.

Hope for Haiti is proud of our response on behalf of partners like this.  “When Sister Flora called, she asked for help… any help we could give. Those people lost everything, so what we gave them really means a great deal.”

Four Years Post Quake, a School Rebuilds

Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications

The picturesque views from Haiti’s St. Francois de Sales school also carry the heavy weight of destruction from four years ago; located high above the capital city of Port au Prince, the community of Riviere Froide was hit immensely hard by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The entire school building collapsed, and the mountainous road was largely blocked due to rockslides leaving injured teachers and students trapped under the rubble and unable to receive medical care. 150 children were lost that day alone.

Founder & Chair JoAnne Kuehner with School Director Sister Gisele. Inauguration Mass JoAnne spreading warmth to
Founder & Chair JoAnne Kuehner with School Director Sister Gisele. Inauguration Mass. JoAnne spreading warmth to
an earthquake victim

Since January 12, 2010, the community has been re-building under the leadership of School Director Sister Gisele Chaperon. Classes for the school’s 1,300 students were held under tents and books were stored in a metal container. At the suggestion of Founder, JoAnne Kuehner, Hope for Haiti has supported the Order of the Little Sisters of St. Therese for more than ten years and offered to help.  The school was included in our Education Program, which provides support to pay teachers, buy books, and guarantee that no child is turned away for a family’s inability to pay school fees. The small local health clinic received donations of birthing kits, gloves, and other essential supplies to help provide care when patients could not afford to pay for services.

Thanks to the generous financial support of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Charity Foundation (UFCW), Hope for Haiti was able to commit to outfitting a computer lab and library at the newly constructed school.  In a true collaborative effort, Hope for Haiti worked closely with the German charitable organization Kindernothilfe (KNH) and the Haitian construction firm GRETCO. The community chose to protect the flat site of the former school as a memorial to the lost children, not all of whose bodies were successfully recovered. As such, the new school is constructed into the sloping mountain. Remarks JoAnne, “The structure of the new school is extraordinary! I’ve never seen a school like that in Haiti. Painted orange, green, and white, it is a very uplifting place.”

Members of Hope for Haiti Students reciting an original poem
Members of Hope for Haiti
and UFCW touring the school.
Students reciting an original poem
during the inauguration ceremony.

Finally, on the fourth anniversary of the earthquake, the new school was inaugurated in a ceremony defined both by somber remembrance and hope for the future. Representatives of both Hope for Haiti and the UFCW were able to meet with community members and hear their stories. The young woman pictured in the attached photo lost both her brother and her leg during the earthquake. Both siblings had been teachers, but the inauguration ceremony was the first time she returned to the site. The young man pictured wrote a poem for the ceremony detailing his harrowing experience, recited in front of a banner displaying the names of the deceased.

The new school is a beacon for the next generation. For the first time, there are kindergarteners enrolling at the school who did not experience the destruction first-hand.  Hope for Haiti worked to construct and equip new state-of-the-art facilities, including a library and computer lab. In addition to accommodating a growing student body, Sister Gisele has plans to use the new facilities to offer vocational training to members of the Riviere Froide community.

Back today in Naples, Florida, the ceremony’s hospitality and emotion have not left JoAnne’s mind or her heart. “When I was visiting the school, I thought, ‘wow, this is beautiful! I felt right at home. The whole experience was very impressive to me. Seeing that progress was completely overwhelming. It was absolutely fabulous!”  Thank you to the UFCW for making the resources of a library and computer lab available for these students and generations to come!

Congratulations to Dr. Elmide Nazaire for winning a REAL Award!

Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications

The REAL Awards, created by Save the Children in partnership with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, is a first-of-its-kind global awards program designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide globally, as well as in the United States. The REAL Awards is made possible by the support of presenting sponsors like The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare.  Dr. Elmide Nazaire, Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary Director, was the first global health worker invited to participate in the announcement in Laguna Niguel, CA on January 12, 2014. Her fellow honorees include practitioners working across the continental United States and Alaska, throughout sub-Saharan Africa, as well as from Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The announcement took place during a high-profile healthcare summit and in attendance were both former United States President and United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton and Dr. David Budnitz of the Centers for Disease Control, another REAL Award honoree.

Dr Nazaire in California for the presentation ceremony. Dr Nazaire participated in the Patient Safety Summit. With the well wishes of the community in Naples, Florida
Dr Nazaire in California for the presentation ceremony. Dr Nazaire participated in the
Patient Safety Summit.
With the well wishes of the
community in Naples, Florida

The Award came as a complete surprise to Dr. Nazaire, who had just finished work with her patients that day in Les Cayes, Haiti. “I was completely shocked as Tiffany (Hope for Haiti’s President & CEO) and Dr. Sabine (Country Director) called to congratulate me! It was a flood of emotions and happiness to experience this privilege.” At Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne, Dr. Nazaire works to ensure that no patient who cannot afford to pay for services is ever turned away. In the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere, patients receive affordable primary and specialty care, as well as support in the form of food, medications and supplies, and transportation free-of-charge. Dr. Nazaire consults on a variety of cases, including chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. She has been a strong advocate of continuing education for medical professionals in Haiti, including the Infirmary’s 18-member team.


In addition to the REAL Award reception, guests discussed the theme of patient safety to prevent deaths through science and technology. Representatives at the summit discussed key individual cases. One woman highlighted pediatrics, including how to treat birth defects and complicated cases requiring transfusion. Though Dr. Nazaire attended medical school in Cuba on a competitive scholarship, she remains well aware of the treatment limitations she faces due to a lack of resources in Haiti.

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Here at Hope for Haiti, we remember Dr. Nazaire’s incredible service to her country, forming a make-shift triage center at the Hotel Villa Creole immediately following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti four years ago.  When reflecting on her own journey, Dr. Nazaire is appreciative. “I feel I gained a new network of professionals in California with whom I can continue to work to save lives and improve my practice, even without the same level of technology.”

To read more about Dr. Nazaire’s life as an international health worker, please check out her “This is My Haiti” profile here.

To learn more about the Real Awards, please visit http://www.therealawards.com/ and support Dr. Elmide by tweeting #therealawards to celebrate health workers worldwide!

Haiti, Demain Conference Connects Chicagoans Looking to Haiti’s Future

From the Field – Jennifer Lang, Director of Program Communications

On Saturday, January 11th – one day before the four-year anniversary of the destructive earthquake which hit Port au Prince, Haiti – a diverse group of Chicagoans gathered to discuss Haiti’s road to the future. The “Haiti, Demain” conference (meaning “Haiti, tomorrow” in French), organized by the Association Nouvelle Image d’Haïti was held at the Pan-African Association on Chicago’s north side. Speakers included Lesly Conde of the Haitian General Consulate, David Tilus of G.A.F.E. – a group working towards local community development in Kenscoff, Haiti, members of the Bomba con Buya group who performed musical rhythms shared throughout the Caribbean, and Professor William Balan-Gaubert of the University of Chicago. Conference participants had a chance to discuss the importance of decentralization, methodologies of development, and historical influences on contemporary Haitian affairs. We also previewed a new game show that aims to educate people on Haitian culture called “Haiti, Je Connais,” meaning “Haiti, I know.”

Jennifer with conference organizer Marleen Julien Marleen introduces David Tilus, President of GAFE. Professor Balan-Guabert of University of Chicago.
Jennifer with conference
organizer Marleen Julien.
Marleen introduces David Tilus,
President of GAFE.
Professor Balan-Guabert
of University of Chicago.

Hope for Haiti is pleased to participate in conferences like this, which help promote a positive image of Haiti throughout the international narrative. For more information on “Haiti, Demain,” please contact Marleen Julien at marleenjulien@gmail.com. We also hope you will consider attending “Unity Day,” to be held on January 18th at Evanston’s Levy Center, starting at 6pm and sponsored by the Consulate General of Haiti in Chicago.

The start of the game. Members of Bomba con Buya performing Our table at Haiti, Demain
The start of the game. Members of Bomba con Buya performing. Our table at Haiti, Demain.

 

Bomba con Buya

Connect. Heal. Empower.

Hope for Haiti’s Education Program Officer, Pierre Francois, spotted two students in one of our partner schools sporting blue wristbands with the Hope for Haiti logo and tagline:  “Connect. Heal. Empower.”  Thank you very much to wristbands.net for this special donation! See what smiles they bring!

Smiling Students Wearing Wristbands

 

A Young Girl’s Struggles Demonstrate the Importance of Hope for Haiti’s Education Program

Pierre Francois, Education Program Coordinator – October 25, 2013

3rd Grade student.
3rd Grade student.

“Education is the key to success.” For there to be a certain balance in society, people must have access to education. However, in certain countries economic difficulties make the path to education a difficult one.  For example, when you consider the amount of children that regularly attend school and the literacy rate in Haiti, it is clear that, for many in Haiti, education is still a kind of luxury. By providing teacher salary subsidies to 25 schools in Haiti’s South, Hope for Haiti helps to increase access to education.

On a routine site visit to one of Hope for Haiti’s partner schools in Baraderes, I had the chance to interview the school Director, Sr. Affricot Fredony. The sister introduced me to a 1st grade student that wished to share some of her difficulties with me.

Kelita Beauvil is a 1st grade student at a school tucked away in the rural mountains that Hope for Haiti has supported since 2006. Kelita is the youngest child in a family of five people. According to the Kelita, her parents lack the means to take care of her family.  Last year Kelita graduated from the 3rd year of preschool, and moved on to Primary school.  At her school, each student is typically required to pay for his/her own graduation fees. During my visit Sister Affricot explained that, last year, Kelita’s parents didn’t pay her graduation fees and never gave the school an explanation as to why.

3rd Grade students. An Agronomist by training, the Education Program Coordinator, Pierre Francois poses with students at another rural school. Kelita Beauvil with school director Sister Affricot.
3rd Grade students. An Agronomist by training, the Education Program Coordinator, Pierre Francois poses with students at another rural school. Kelita Beauvil with school
director Sister Affricot.

Despite the family’s economic troubles, Sister Affricot explained that the school accepted Kelita into its 1st grade class. She explained that there are two main reasons the school made this decision. The first reason is that the school receives financial support from Hope for Haiti. This relieves the burden on the families in the community who are unable to pay their school fees. The second reason is that Sister Affricot claims that she holds the same values as Hope for Haiti.  Namely, the promotion of widespread access to education, particularly in Haiti’s rural areas, is extremely important to the Sister.

In closing, the example of Kelita Beauvil demonstrates that it isn’t sufficient to simply look at the disease. The most important thing is to find a cure.  Hope for Haiti works hard everyday to find practical cures for some of Haiti’s worst socioeconomic problems, including lack of access to education and healthcare.

Scholarships Help Build Capacity for Young Leaders

Jennifer Lang, Program Director – August 27, 2013

I was so pleased to represent Hope for Haiti at the returnees meeting for scholarship recipients from the USAID grant program, the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program (called SEED or SEMENCE, for short.) 24 Haitian students have successfully studied for two years at community colleges throughout the United States, from New York to Oregon, majoring in various fields including quality control, supply chain management, and environmental technology.

Hope for Haiti Program Director Jennifer Lang with students
Hope for Haiti Program Director Jennifer Lang with students

The goal of the USAID SEED scholarships is to build the capacity of young community leaders to make a positive impact in their home country. Scholarships are awarded all throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Haitian program shines due to the lack of educational and professional opportunities for students here – particularly in the rural provinces, like the Southern Department, which is home to Hope for Haiti’s programming in education, nutrition, healthcare, and community development.

Most of the scholarship recipients had only returned back to Haiti in June or July of this year, so the summer meeting was the first chance for them to interact as a group. All of the staff and students were so happy to be back together, proud of their accomplishments over the past two years and excited for their new futures.  Gina Nocera, the program coordinator, lead a discussion on re-entry – including the difficulties of reverse culture shock, the need to re-adjust to a home environment without running water or electricity, and the importance of staying motivated. Patrick Chemaly, the program’s director, stressed continued community engagement. “By volunteering with your local church or community, you are putting into action the plans this scholarship helped enable. You are also demonstrating your motivation to a potential employer.”

All of the students had dropped off their curriculum vitae with potential employers, including three who had already secured employment, including with prestigious organizations such as the Haitian Government, the United Nations, Digicel, Brasserie Nationale, and Partners in Health (Zanmi La Sante). The students discussed as a group techniques they had used for follow-up, including specific questions on salary negotiations and how to market their experience. Patrick added, “You are all like sponges – you know how to use computers, learn and do research independently, and adapt to new environments and challenges.”

Hope for Haiti Program Director Jennifer Lang gives her presentation
Hope for Haiti Program Director Jennifer Lang gives her presentation

Hope for Haiti has already proudly invited a SEMENCE alumni to join our team in the South. Jean Herns Dede joined our Healthcare Programs as the Gift In-Kind Program Officer, working to ensure all of our donated medications and supplies are used with optimal efficiency. Herns was a great fit for our staff as he is originally from Les Cayes and wants to give back to his community.

Coordinating with the USAID SEMENCE Program has an important personal value to me. I interned with the Program in administration at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) in Washington, D.C., so it has been wonderful to see the on the ground impact. As our Healthcare Program Director as well as a friend of the SEMENCE Program, I offered advice to students as potential candidates and presented Hope for Haiti’s sustainable programming – including our Infirmary, two reforestation nurseries, and locally-sourced school lunch program. After hearing about our work, many students congratulated the organization and asked to help in their communities or as volunteers! Moreover, we hope that collaboration will be strategic; Hope for Haiti supports three secondary schools as well as one nursing scholarship, and we would love to connect young local community leaders to broadened educational opportunities and resources in the future.

From all of us at Hope for Haiti, congratulations to the SEMENCE students – and good luck!

To learn more about the USAID SEED Program or Georgetown University’s CIED, please visit:

http://www.usaid.gov/results-data/success-stories/education-opportunities-open-doors-haiti

http://cied.georgetown.edu/seed/

Cultivating the Next Generation of Haitian Professionals

Ms. Daiyana Noa, Development Assistant (Naples)
Dr. Sabine Thomas, Country Director (Haiti)

This summer Hope for Haiti had the privilege of welcoming two Haitian national interns to our Les Cayes office. This new initiative is focused on investing in a generation of Haitians who wish to remain on the cutting edge of international development, charity, innovation and technology all the while contributing to the growth of their country. These interns are spending several months in our office, putting their skills to use but also picking up new tools for their kits, before heading back to school or following a career of their choosing.
We welcomed Alexandra who has just completed a second year at Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince with a focus in Business Management. Alexandra is our Administration/Event Coordination Intern. We also welcomed Gretry, a young man who had the opportunity to travel to the United States and cross-pollinate his skills with that of his peers in the US.  Gretry is our Healthcare/Database Intern.

Interns Alexandra M. and Gertry R. coming in for a workday
Interns Alexandra M. and Gertry R. coming in for a workday

We caught up with our intrepid interns and interviewed them on their time and experience with Hope for Haiti.

1) Hope for Haiti: What interests you the most about Hope for Haiti?
Alexandra: The education program interests me most, because my mother worked in an Elementary school. I was very interested in the teacher training seminars.  I liked the passion and focus of the visiting teachers . They trained the Haitian teachers to use different methods which will help enhance  student  performance. It would be great if Hope for Haiti was able to offer more teacher trainings.  Also, I enjoy working on the administrative side helping the Country Director with her daily tasks. It’s a well-run organization!

Gretry: I am most interested in the work that’s being done in healthcare. Today, I can really see the results of Hope for Haiti’s hard work. To visit Hope for Haiti’s partners and meet children in need (knowing they have been left) and that as an organization we provide help … that feels really good! Lending my skills, I would like to help and be part of this team in whatever way possible!

2) What interests you the most about working for Hope for Haiti?
Alexandra: The working environment! Hope for Haiti is a family; all the staff members are very respectful. One can work with joy and ask questions freely knowing that the staff is happy to answer them. They  are willing to help when you ask.  Also, knowing that every task I do is a way to help my community gives me great pleasure. As I always say “it’s not the quantity but the quality.” In this case, Hope for Haiti cares about quality and quantity!
Gretry: New challenges, great staff, great work environment, and helping everyone!

3) What have you learned since the internship began?
Alexandra: I have learned many things! I feel indispensable. When given a task, I make sure it’s completed, and I try to do my best even if I don’t know exactly how to do it. I work without stress!  I also learned how to organize an event and all the details it requires. I have learned to trust in my skills now.

Gretry: I have learned how to conduct a proper inventory of medical supplies; performed analysis of work done at the Infirmary St. Etienne; created new templates/filed purchase orders; and experienced, first-hand, what the organization is doing.


Interns Alexandra M. and Gretry R, working with Daiyana our Naples Development Assistant
Interns Alexandra M. and Gretry R, working with Daiyana our Naples Development Assistant

4) Would you recommend interning at Hope for Haiti?  Why?
Alexandra: Yes, because I think in Haiti the majority of youth do not have this opportunity. I’ve heard that in the US you have to do an internship or volunteer before you get your diploma. I wish this was the case in Haiti. To me, it’s not the pay that is most important but that you feel joy and you help another person in this experience. You learn new skills and practice them in a professional environment.

Gretry: Yes, because of the work environment and the opportunity to learn something new every day. An intern will also learn how an organization focused on international development in Haiti functions.

5) How is Hope for Haiti contributing to the future of your country?
Alexandra: The desire to help others is contagious. Hope for Haiti works very hard to help in the South around Les Cayes. Hope for Haiti is educating people, changing minds and many benefit from their work. I encourage all the people who can donate to do so because those donations are creating opportunities and changing the lives of many.

Gretry: As an example, we visited one of Hope for Haiti’s  partners  and I saw how  passionate they are when it comes to helping the people who need it the most. Helping the poorest of the poor is the best thing because no one  else is caring for them; not the government, not anyone…  Hope for Haiti is providing a real hope to the poorest of the poor.
Jennifer Lang, Hope for Haiti’s Healthcare Program Director expressed that “having the opportunity to work with interns has been extremely beneficial to our work in Les Cayes. Gretry has helped with administrative tasks and data-entry with keen attention to detail. These tasks have a true impact on our efficiency. For example, by analyzing our Infirmary’s medication usage, we can better predict our needs and work as a team to source more key materials through donations. All of our interns, joining us in Haiti or in the U.S., have offered positive energy and a willingness to help and learn!”

This has been a gratifying experience for all our staff at our office in Haiti and also in Naples. We wish our interns the best in their future endeavors and thank them for spending their summer learning new skills and sharing their knowledge with us!