HHP HELPS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN LES CAYES
The earthquake of August 14, 2021 devastated areas of the southern peninsula of Haiti where many of our partners provide essential services. Fortunately, our region was not directly affected by the quake, but as "neighbor to neighbor," we rapidly organized a Go Fund Me campaign.
HHP is not designed to be a disaster relief organization, but with the $8000 we raised a week post-quake we were able to relieve a little bit of the misery. We sent funds to our partners at Maison de Naissance in Torbeck, whose facility was severely damaged, and sent our surgeon Dr. Roberto Peigne to the region to help out. He brought $1500 in surgical supplies and assisted in surgeries for 15 overflow patients at Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes.
Our friend and colleague, Dr. Marie Dina Civil, whose own home had been ravaged by the quake, launched a 2-day mobile clinic in Ducis, a community outside of Les Cayes which had yet to receive and services until she arrived. She distributed emergency food and hygiene kits to 102 families and attended to 98 patients.
Fifteen children in another community were given books and toys, and a 10-year-old girl barely escaped amputation of her left arm thanks to funds to help continue her post-operative treatment. Our Haitian and US response teams worked hard to respond rapidly to the need are very grateful for the generosity of our donors.
FIGHTING COVID-19 IN THE HINTERLANDS
A generous grant from Global Force for Healing (GFH) is helping HHP ensure the security of our mothers and babies in the rural Southeast as Covid-19 mounts its attack. The grant of almost $2,000 from GFH's from their Rapid Response Fund will help arm our clinic against the pandemic with public health education, testing, PPE, supplementary nutrition, oxygen, pulse oximetry and more. Thank you, GFH, an organization that pulses compassion into every heartbeat.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
Bb ki fek fet yeswa nan CSUG a 7 te 30! Look who just came into the world! An extra special gift for the holidays, proudly delivered by the beaming mom with help from Hispañola Health Partners staff at the Mare-Joffrey regional medical center. Felisitasyon!
CLINIC SURPASSES 7,000 PATIENTS ANNUALLY
Our regional clinic is developing an excellent local reputation -- so much that MSPP has widened our services. Look for vaccines, family planning, and testing for key infectious diseases soon.
In just one month (October), the clinic served over 500 patients, while 212 more received medical attention from one of our mobile clinics.
We brought five healthy newborns into the world and provided 250 lab tests, a growing and popular service.
And while HHP continues to fund staff salaries, the
At this rate, the little clinic that could is serving 7,400 patients annually -- not bad for a place where, not long ago, there were no doctors!
HHP NAMED AS 2021 IMPACT AWARDS FINALIST
HHP is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the 3rd annual .ORG Impact Awards, which honors remarkable mission-driven organizations and individuals making their communities a better place. The awards are hosted by the Public Interest Registry (PIR). This year was the most competitive ever, with 633 organizations from more than 40 countries submitting nominations across seven categories, according to PIR.
BUILDING OUR FUND-RAISING CAPACITY
A mini grant from Global Force for Healing (GFH) is helping HHP's Haitian staff master grant writing in its move toward financial independence. Wi, Nou Kapab, “Yes, We Can,” provides a skill-building workshop for staff that incentivizes excellence. HHP’s long-term strategy is to transition its clinic, CSUG, to administrative and financial independence. The successful proposal for the GFH Rapid Response Fund was actually written by our Haitian staff. We have partnered with Le Centre Haitien du Leadership et de L’Excellence in Port-au-Prince to deliver the grant writing workshop.
VIOLENT PROTESTS SWEEP HAITI
The New York Times has a helpful explainer about the situation.
Pretending to understand another nations' politics from a distant shore can be a fool's game, but we are watching with concern the protests sweeping Haiti as citizens demand answers from President Jovenel about the confiscation of petrol funds by the last administration. The prospect of a fuel price increase is especially worrisome, as most people here earn less than $2 a day.
HHP depends on motorcycle travel for our mobile clinics, and our moto guys depend on gas. There’s no good way for the guys to cover the increase since they serve a rural clientele.
Our truck drivers will have to charge more, too. Their clients are the women who run the country's informal economy, gathering up produce from remote farms and getting it to market.
The women’s earnings are already precarious, so when the truckers start charging more for gas, they'll have to charge more for food.
MARJOFRE LEADERS TEAM WITH HHP DONOR ON RECYCLING
On HHP's first-ever Haiti tour, a Marjofre community leader and a donor got to talking and this happened -- 'the garbage project,' as we're calling it for now.
It's a proposal to raise the local consciousness around proper waste disposal and scope out a plastic recycling program in partnership with Plastic Bank in Port-au-Prince.
If you haven't heard about this company, it pays people to collect plastic and bring it to recycling centers.
Read all about it here.