Monday, November 21, 2011

We have had a very busy past few days here in Haiti. On Friday, a national holiday, we opened up our...

We have had a very busy past few days here in Haiti. On Friday, a national holiday, we opened up our clinic for a special prenatal clinic/shoe giveaway. The UMass Medical team saw over 200 patients, and every pregnant woman recieved a pair of shoes. Team members also offered two classes to patients: home birthing classes for our pregnant women, and taking care of your baby classes to new moms.  

On Saturday, half of the team went to Bon Repos to do another mobile clinic. The rest of us stayed here at PID’s clinic and held well child checkups for about 90 of our sponsored children. It was so wonderful to have such a big team here to be able to see so many of our kids. One of the highlights for me was to see Love Carlie, a previous emergency child who was severely malnourished, come to the well child checkup. She had just gotten out of the hospital and I barely even recognized her, she looks so healthy. It was wonderful to see her looking so much better.

We also had the Vitamin Angels visiting us Friday and Saturday. They donated a million children’s and prenatal vitamins to us and we are so grateful to them. They came to see and record just how much of an impact their vitamins are making for so many people here in Haiti. We were glad to host them.

On Sunday, the team went to Damien to do a mobile clinic. We did well child checkups for most of the children in our program from Damien. The team also saw 63 sick patients. They did a great job. After they finished, while waiting for Pouchon to come pick us up, they taught the Damien kids some songs, dances, and games, like the Hokey-Pokey, Chicken Dance, and Simon Says. The kids had a blast.

The team left this morning. It was great to have them here, they worked so hard and were able to help so many people.

Now it is just me, Nicole, and Sandra left here at PID’s clinic. Nicole is working hard on the recycling program. She, Rilbert, and Pouchon brought our recyclable bottles as well as scrap metal over to the recycling center over in the tap-tap. Now she is working on an idea to make charcoal. Sandra is doing a great job with her TOEFL classes. The staff here involved in the classes are learning so much and their English skills are improving.

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