Meagan's Northwest Haiti Mission Trip
Organized by: Meagan Early
August 06, 2016
In Haiti, specifically the Northwest Zone, there is virtually zero healthcare beyond medical missions trips and voodoo country-side practitioners. Our medical groups operate on crossed eyes, sick bellies, on deformed legs, injured arms, and on broken smiles. We're greeted with the biggest hugs every time we go, and it has changed my entire outlook on life. Simply put, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. And where does NWHCM focus their efforts? In the poorest section of the entire country - St. Louis du Nord. Our patients travel for days on foot to wait in line, sleeping on concrete to not lose their place, in hopes of being able to make it into our clinic doors. We see things that American doctors have only read about in books. And while it's all very fascinating to learn about, we're also given the opportunity to truly know, converse, and pray with out patients. We may not know all of their stories, but the ones we do know are truly heartbreaking. Long story short, I lost my job as a scrub tech shortly after my most recent trip in February of 2015. Sure, we all go through rough patches, and I certainly do not discount anyone's personal struggle, and as much hard work and bodily strain goes into these trips, I consider them a privilege. To be able to go, witness, and be an active part of the surgical teams assisting thousands of our Haitian friends, brothers, and sisters has truly been a gift. It's addicting. But for October 2015 and January 2016, I am asking for your help in covering some of the costs involved. Each trip costs approximately $2500. Sure, I'd love to go twice a year every year, but as circumstances change, I realize that may not be possible. I'm praying that by the end of this year, I'll be able to cover the cost on my own and won't need assistance for the January trip and I'll be able to give forward the same generosity. But as my own profession has taught me, I must always hope for the best, and plan for the worst. I can't thank you enough for your support.