Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Team arrived in Haiti

A small team from Massachusetts arrived yesterday morning. Dr. Clark and Pat are here on their second trip to Haiti with PID, and Pat's son Marc along with French teacher Julia are here for the first time. We enjoyed a walk around town to see the local PID houses before the team called it an early night after such a long travel day. We are looking forward to a great week of seeing patients and building the final single family house in Canaan! The last team's progress on the duplex means that Mr. Thomas will be able to move in this week! I will be sure to post pictures of that special moment!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A successful service trip complete

 Another hardworking and compassionate medical team concluded their trip to Haiti on Sunday. Although the amount of people helped is not the main priority, it is impressive that the team of 10 served well over 700 patients during their week-long trip. Here are some photos from Thursday's mobile clinic where they worked together with the Haitian staff to provide medical care.

Showty (interpreter), Maria and Kelly consulting a patient (far left)

Jill, Kelley and Maxime man the pharmacy at Thursday's mobile.

Alex, an OT, consulted a patient.

A team photo in front of the clinic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Medical team hard at work in Haiti

This week a medical team from Massachusetts is in Haiti, already hard at work. Yesterday 7 members of the team held a mobile clinic in Zoranje, a community near Canaan. Although the Zoranje community is comprised of houses built by several different governmental regimes, having stable housing is only part of the solution for the Haitians who live there. Because the community is slightly isolated, they don't have readily available access to medical care. The pastor of the church was very grateful for the team's medical care of 64 patients. The team held another mobile clinic in Barye Fè today. Those that did not go to the mobile clinics were hard at work seeing regular patients and wound care patients here at PID's clinic. The team is also accompanied by a non- medical staff person  who is being put to work bagging meds, packaging care package supplies, and other various tasks! There is an occupational therapist here who has been helping those folks with past injuries or handicaps, as well as some elderly patients. 

Overall, it's been a great start to the week and we are looking forward to the rest of it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Full week comes to a close for Loras students

Loras students with local workers

Today the Loras students conclude their week-long adventure here in Haiti and they head back home in a few hours. The week has consisted of hard costruction tasks as well as lots of cross cultural social work and medical shadowing experiences. The team especially bonded with the workers showing them the ropes on the sites, and of course the dozens of children around town as well. 

Josh, Kate and Reily inside the soon-to-be-Latrine

The social work shadowers were able to see what it is like to contact a family in our PID circle when that family doesn't have a phone. Earlier in the week, I took three social work students on a somewhat long walk to one of our sponsorship children's houses, where we left word with the neighbor that PID needed the family to come to the office. Four days later the family came to the office: very different than the United States where you would simply call the family on the phone, and give a specific appointment time for the family to arrive. In Haiti, the family comes at a time when they were able.

One of the Loras students also began sponsoring our little friend Doudley this week. She was able to meet Doudley and his mother. In July Doudley will be 3 years old, so in Haiti that means he is old enough for Pre-School. Because of the sponsorship his mother is looking forward to being able to send him to school in the fall. :)

Lauren, Olmilie, and Doudley

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Final Friday

After 4 weeks of teams we have come to our final day!

We ended the week with 25 stoves installed in homes in Desierto, Norte and Concepcion. The team was touched by how welcoming an appreciative the families are when we arrive to install their new stove.

The two doctors continued seeing patients in the clinic today. It was their second year and they have built friendships with the clinic staff and translators.

The children's craft program was a huge success! Today was our day to finish up craft supplies and we made more masks, more coloring pages and some shaker plates. The kids had a blast playing soccer with two guys from the team.

Loras College hard at work

Madame Adeline burst into happy tears when she learned her family was getting a toilet.
Bathrooms are more than a conveniece: they are a public health concern.
Loras College continues the work on the duplex in Canaan that is almost finished, as well as the single. They are also building a special project that a department of their school fundraised for: a latrine toilet for Madame Adeline, a very loved member of our staff. Adeline's house was damaged after the earthquake, and a PID team repaired it. Eric Eller, the team leader (and professor) for the Loras students remembers working on that house on one of his first trips. After meeting Gale and starting to work at PID, Adeline is now a very well known and loved staff member who trip participants always remember.

The team has to dig a 10 foot hole for the latrine.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Midweek report in Guatemala

We have a total of 14 stoves installed so far this week! Meaning 14 families that are no longer living in an environment filled with smoke. The stove team is on a roll and has a great system where everyone has a job.

The clinic was busy yesterday and today. Many patients coming through seeing the doctor and then getting their medicine. We also still have a few more stuffed animals that nurse Kelly B. brought down last week.