I first learned about HBS from a doctor acquaintance that volunteered in Limbé during the Cholera epidemic in 2010. Four years ago, before leaving for Haiti I had heard a lot about the local medical work, still I was excited to get my own experience. Letting go of all possible expectations, I felt like I was quickly adapting to life at HBS. Feeling welcomed by everyone right from the beginning helped me a lot. While working in the clinic most of the day, the medical staff taught me a lot in diverse fields. Also I have been able to share some of my knowledge when working hand in hand with the nursing students trained at HBS. Thinking back, memories of the time spent in the orphanage now come first to my mind. Giving love and shelter to these children that suffered different setbacks in life appeared as one of the most important missions to me. When leaving Limbé I realized how emotionally attached I got to these children in such a short time. I am grateful for all the beautiful moments and blessings I experienced during my stay at HBS and I truly hope to be able to return to Limbé one day. In the meantime I want to give something back to the people at HBS by raising money running this year‘s NYC Marathon.
About the Hospital
Hôpital Bon Samaritain (HBS), a full-service hospital with outreach programs, is situated in the river valley of Limbé, Haiti. Since 1953, HBS has provided health care services for the greater population of the Limbé Valley. Currently 6,000 outpatients are being provided with consultations and treated monthly in the outpatient clinic. Nurse practitioners work alongside doctors to screen, diagnose, and treat patients. Small surgery is performed in the clinic for minor fractures and cuts resulting from accidents and fights. A separate surgery unit with two operating rooms and 20 beds handles all the larger emergencies year-round.
Please consider supporting HBS. They rely on donations and are such wonderful people—helping some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere.