BENEFITING: Clinique Esperance Et Vie Inc
EVENT DATE: Jan 31, 2017
Clinique Esperance et Vie is actively working to end the cycle of malnutrition in Haiti. We need to rasie $4500 to build a teaching kitchen at our facility in Haiti. This money will also provide free meals, classes and a cook's garden and pay for a full-time nutriton nurse to staff the facility.
The teaching kitchen will be a vital part of our grant funded program we offer through Meds & Food for Kids to provide free malnutrition education and services.
We need only 400 people to pledge $25 each to reach our goal!
From our Director Reverend Hamlin:
When I first went to Haiti I expected to see extreme poverty, houses without running water or electricity, naked babies and a lot of garbage. I was not expecting to hold a child and love on him for days, weeks and months, and then have him die of malnutrition. It literally shook me to my core. My heart still aches when I visit his 2-year-old sister, his mother and father. It all just seemed so preventable and unnecessary. After seeing the effects of desperation caused by extreme living conditions, we prayed for big change. We finally have a plan of action in place that can offer other options for the victims of malnutrition. After many months of meetings, networking, clinic and hospital visits, we were approved for a grant (from Meds & Food for Kids, MFK) that provides all we need! Now our clinic offers a phenomenal, life saving, free, malnutrition program. I feel so honored to watch our program as it begins to bring change in the families of Terrier Rouge. The process went smoothly. We have provided education for all involved staff. The necessary equipment is provided to us. The screening of children began July 5th and we continue to screen children on an as needed basis. We schedule the ongoing follow-up visits on Tuesdays. We have a backup action plan in place for when the program does not work for everyone. The education piece for the families is very important. As the family begins working with us to enhance health and wellness, they receive weekly counseling and information. They are taught about and treated for parasites, stressing the importance of clean water, clean food, clean hands and clean feet. Taught the importance of wearing shoes at all times. They are taught the causes of malnutrition as well as which foods are high in protein, iron, vitamin A,E and folic acid. The mother is empowered and praised, while given ideas to prepare cheap and nutritious meals so that the child stays well nourished. They are given a food supplement called Medika Mamba and are taught the use, storage and adverse reactions to watch for. We are so proud of our nurse, Ms.Fabiola, who has been managing this addition to our busy, full work week. We can only provide this service with the generosity of our givers.