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Lee Ann's Haiti Veterinary Training

Organized by: Pamela Jones

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THE STORY:

Haiti is a beautiful country whose people struggle in a perpetual cycle of poverty. With over 15% unemployment, most Haitians farm with hopes to provide their families with food and essentials like schooling for the children. The Haitian farmer depends heavily upon the animals – a donkey or horse is used to take their goods to market, a bull is used to plow the fields, a calf, goat or pig that is sold will provide income for school, and chickens are sold or eaten. Yet, the vision is broken. Most Haitian farmers lack proper animal husbandry knowledge, the local veterinarian lacks formal veterinary training, and veterinary tools and supplies are non-existent. This lack of knowledge causes preventable diseases, livestock suffering, loss, human suffering and loss, and the vicious cycle continues… I am working with a group of Haitians and American Veterinarians to help stop the poverty cycle. Our goal is to empower Haitians with knowledge and tools to prevent and treat livestock diseases, suffering and death in Haiti. I have been traveling to Haiti to train Veterinary Agents in basic veterinary medicine since 2005 and have always wanted to start a vet school. This year, I have committed to teaching at the new Ag-Horizon Veterinary Clinic and Training Center to teach the first class of Haitian Veterinary Agents in basic veterinary care. The first students (a diverse class of 20) range from some Vet Agents who have had a small amount of training to those who are completely new to the Veterinary field. They live and travel to this center from 6 different areas of Haiti. The students will graduate from a 12 week course that has classes for one to two weeks a month and will receive a diploma from the school and from the Haitian government. This is a start, and the hope is that this school will eventually evolve into a 3-year veterinary training center. The students are eager to learn. Knowledge is good, but if you can’t use it, the poverty cycle continues. For this reason, in addition to empowerment with knowledge, I would like to equip Haitian veterinarians with essential veterinary equipment and supplies (that are not currently produced or available in Haiti). To help the sustainability of the project, these supplies will be made available to the students and current Veterinary Agents for cost. I will be one of several veterinarians that travel from the USA each month to teach the classes. It is a voluntary position and my expenses are not paid by the school. I am also raising the funds to supply the basic veterinary equipment that is so essential for transforming this new veterinary knowledge into a force that can slow and stop the poverty cycle. If one calf is saved…one more child goes to school…one more Haitian has hope for a better future. You can help. If you would like a tax deduction for your contribution, you can donate through Christian Veterinary Missions at this link https://donate.cvmusa.org/support/shortterm/individual Please include the following information on your check: UCVSTM1905

You may also send a check to Heart of the Shepherd Lutheran Church 228 North Burkhart Road Howell, MI 48843 Please put the word Haiti in the subject line In October, I will be traveling to Haiti to teach for one week. The topics for this week will be Rabies – the disease, its control, the human hazard (over 130 reported human deaths in Haiti from this preventable disease last year), and how to properly test and report Rabies cases. I will also be continuing the Anatomy, Physiology and Haitian disease lectures that were started on previous trips – including how to do a proper necropsy on a dead animal to determine the cause of death, tests to determine different Haitian diseases, and how to communicate with the Haitian farmer the disease prevention and treatments. The final topic and training for this week will be castration; the differences between species, the techniques, sterility and proper surgical technique, post-operative treatment, and instructions for the farmers. The Ag-Horizon training center has a unique opportunity for practical experience due to the fact that the local farmers bring cases to the school…this means that new cases are brought in every day and the curriculum may change when a new learning issue is brought to the clinic. I am asking for your donation to pay my travel expenses for this Haiti trips. I would also like the funds to maximize my luggage to bring essential teaching and veterinary supplies. The total cost for this trip is approximately $5000 for expenses and supplies. Thank you! Lee Ann Berglund-Fosdick, DVM, PhD

$275

 

6% Raised of $5,000 Goal

  • Dean and Lynn Davis

    $200

  • Laurie Marble

    $25

  • Richard Gady

    $50

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Organized by

Pamela Jones

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Donor Comments

Richard Gady

Richard Gady

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Laurie Marble

Laurie Marble

DONATION: $25

A thank you to LeeAnn for what she does and what she has taught me! 1 year ago

Dean and Lynn Davis

Dean and Lynn Davis

DONATION: $200

1 year ago

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