EVENT DATE: May 03, 2014
From May 3-10, 2014 I will be again traveling with my good friend Annie Berger, her family, and many other individuals of a group from the First Church of the Nazarene (Fergus Falls, MN) to Haiti. The members of the community have taken numerous trips over the past few years; I was fortunate to join them in 2013, and am excited to return again this year.
Last year, our home base was in a small, rural community called Bleck, high in the mountains on the border of the Dominican Republic. Here, we joined forces as Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurses at a small clinic that we built from the ground up. This trip is very dear to the hearts of my fellow travelers - during the building of the clinic in 2012, one of the men, Paul, fell from the roof and passed away due to his injuries, largely in part due to lack of available healthcare. I am proud to have been able to serve in the clinic that is now aptly named in his honor. Last year's achievements included staffing the clinic for 3 days - we saw over 300 patients during this time with a wide variety of ailments. During our stay, we also built a school on the same campus as the clinic, so that the children have a safe place to learn.
This year, I will again travel with the Berger family to Port au Prince and Desarmes, a town located north of the city that was largely affected by the Cholera outbreak a few years ago. Here, we will run a clinic for school-age children, followed by clinic for adults, while also providing education on health-related matters. We will finish the trip with clinic in PAP.
We have been asked to bring several items in order to better serve while we are there; these items include hand sanitizer (there is no clean water in the clinic), prenatal vitamins, basic multivitamins for adults and children, exam gloves, toothbrushes and toothpaste, basic pain relief (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, children's liquid Tylenol), burn care, Neosporin and other antibiotic ointments, Hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl 25mg tabs, basic first aid items.
I am hoping to be able to raise at least $500 by the time we leave so I can fill my extra suitcase with plenty of these items to be able to stock the clinic as we assist the patients.
Any little bit you can contribute helps! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You may contribute through this website or into a donation box I will set up in the NCCU at TMC. If a monetary donation is not possible for you at this time, please "donate" your good thoughts and prayers to us and the team we will be traveling with. Thank you all SO much!