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HAITI NEEDS YOU THIS OCTOBER

From October 21 to 28 EMI will be sending a medical team to Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti.  Currently we have 3 medical doctors, a pharmacist and for the first time, 2 dentists.  But, we REALLY need more nurses.  Can you help us? If you are a nurse or know someone who is, we could really use your help.

If you can’t make it, your financial help would be greatly appreciated.  To properly serve the people of Haiti at the clinic, we need to purchase approximately $4,000 in dental equipment.  Please donate now!

October 21 to 28 Croix des Bouquets

We need your help to provide medical and dental care to the people of Haiti.  Here’s what we need:

  • 3 nurses and a dental assistant
  • $4,000 for dental compressors and sterilizing equipment.
  • $5,000 for medication and anaesthetic.

 

Introducing two new members of the Board.

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming two newcomers to our membership.

 In June 2018, we welcomed Dr. Francine McCourt and Dr. Greg Jeffries to the Board of Directors. Both Francine and Greg have served with EMI on medical missions in past years and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the medical field.

 Dr. Francine McCourt has also accepted the position of Director of Medical Programs and, along with Dr. Greg Jeffries, will oversee all the medical aspects of our work going forward.

 We are blessed to have these two wonderful individuals join us and look forward to working with them to continue to provide primary healthcare and education to some of the world’s most impoverished peoples.

 

 Francine McCourt, BSc., M.D., CCFP – Director of Medical Programs

Since completing her medical training at McMaster and Queen’s University Dr. Francine McCourt has practiced in a variety of settings including Northern Ontario, Youth Health Centres, Family Practice and currently works as a Hospitalist at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.  She is a wife and a mother of two children.

Since her first trip to Haiti in the fall of 2017, Francine is keen to explore serving that community further.  Her first experience rekindled her passion to help others with love, compassion and without judgment to the best of her abilities.

 

Greg Jeffries, Hon. B.Sc., M.D., CCFP, FHM – Director

Dr. Greg Jeffries graduated from the University of Toronto and completed his residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University. He is currently a Staff Hospitalist and Surgical Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He serves as a member of many committees in the Halton Healthcare system.

He did his first medical mission to Guatemala in 2016 providing medical assessment and treatment to children, adults and seniors in rural communities.   The experience left him with a sense of gratitude for his life in Canada and a motivation to become more involved in the work of EMI.

Almost Complete!

We finished off the water lines yesterday. We had to wait to do a water test until the afternoon when the kids had finished school as the bathrooms were on the same line as the school. We needed to shut down the line to tie the new line in. When we turned the water back on, surprise, there was no water.

We weren’t tied into that line after all but a completely different one. That’s what happens when things are buried. When we finally figured out what line to turn on, we had water alright. We had water spraying from the back of the building. We had a leak. As it turns out, one of the joints wasn’t glued. An easy fix and we were good to go.

We decided that since Loving Arms is going to tile the pads where the toilets are going to sit, we wouldn’t set the toilets. For now the 4 girl’s toilets and 3 boy’s toilets will sit in storage. Instead we decided to pour the cement pad for the sinks.

As Jim was walking around looking for wood for forms for the pad, he heard what he thought was water running in the middle of a small field. Sure enough, Water was bubbling up from the ground, like oil on the Beverly Hillbillies. The pipe had sprung a leak. Today, we are stopping at the ferreteria for fittings to repair that leak so we can walk away knowing that everything is sealed. God is good. If Jim hadn’t been walking there we may never have known about that leak.

Last night we went shopping: Denny bought Guatemalan refried beans, Jim bought Guatemalan chocolate milk and Guatemalan chocolate (it tasted a little different than ours), Jonathan bought some Guatemalan imitation crocs and I bought some Guatemalan granola bars. I will enjoy my taste of Guatemala for a break today.

 

The Hardware Store

Yesterday on our way to the Loving Arms site, we stopped at a local hardware store, known as a ferreteria, for some parts. At first, we had to explain to our driver, Minor where we wanted to go. Minor doesn’t speak English and we don’t speak Spanish. So we got out our Google translate and gave it a shot. Sure enough we got the message through.
The ferreteria is like most hardware stores in the developing world, all of the parts are displayed on the wall. You either point at what you want or describe it to the clerk. That gets challenging when you don’t speak Spanish, the clerk doesn’t speak English, your driver doesn’t speak English, and the part you are looking for isn’t on the wall. We were looking for a round keyhole saw. After several failed attempts to describe it in English we resorted to a sketch. As rough as it was, we found success and rode away with a brand new keyhole saw.
We finished up cementing and began running water lines. We had a minor set back when we accidentally put a hole in one of the existing water lines, but with three plumbers around, that was fixed with almost a wave of their hand.
At lunch we were served a drink that looked like milk but tasted like vanilla and coconut. Very unusual. After dinner, with no cake, and no rain in site, we made our trek through the city for some gelato. I had salted peanut butter and the other guys had lemon. They sure know how to make gelato in Guatemala. Today we stop at the ferreteria again to work on our Spanish.
John F.

Soaked in Rain Water and Memories

Yesterday is a day I am not likely to forget for a long time. We moved out to the Loving Arms Centre like normal. Our objective was to complete the cementing. As we began to prepare the trenches for cement, Alicia (the Loving Arms Guatemala Executive Director) came by with a request. While the plan didn’t show it she wondered if we could rough in a spot for one more girl’s toilet. This meant digging up what we had already prepared and she felt really badly for
requesting it. As an incentive, she promised us cake. We weren’t sure that the promise of cake was real, but agreed to do it as it was the right thing to do.
Even though we lost some time, some young people who were travelling on another mission team, lent us a hand in making cement. With Jonathan leading the way, we mixed up the cement on the ground and poured it into the trenches with wheelbarrows. By the end of the day, we were done. It’s amazing how the Lord provides.
Back at the hotel, dinner was spaghetti. Afterwards, we felt like we needed a little dessert and decided to go for a walk and find a pastry shop. As we were about to leave Alicia stopped and said, “Where are you going? I’ve got cake.” And an amazing cake it was.
Still needing our walk, especially after cake, we took off looking for the local supermarket. It was hidden way behind some other buildings and supposedly we had walked past it several times and missed it. We were intent on finding it and we did. It was huge, and very impressive. Prices so good we thought next time rather than bringing things with us, we will just buy them here. We spent more time looking around than we should have and it began to rain, a torrential downpour. Our only option was to run back to the hotel. Trying to miss the rain by hiding under their narrow eaves, we would run from one side of the street to the other hoping to find the widest eaves. The Guatemalans we would meet, huddled in their doorways, would break out laughing when they saw us, running through the streets. With no storm sewers, the water runs in the street and crossing it we got our feet soaked. By the time we made it back to the hotel, we were completely soaked in rain water and memories.
John F

What a Welcome in Parramos, Guatemala!

We had a great day in Parramos, Guatemala today. We drove from Antigua, along the winding roads, up the mountains to Loving Arms’ Centre of Hope. This is where the school is located. Upon arriving, we noticed the doors were closed which seemed odd for a school day. As we approached the school, the doors were flung open and all the school children were lined up on either side of the door to greet us. What a wonderful surprise. They were beautiful, in their blue and white and tartan uniforms and of course their huge smiles. High fiving us as we walked past.
The work could not have gone more smoothly. This is a great team! I sometimes feel as if I am standing still as I watch these guys buzz around me. The trench to the septic tank has been completely dug out and all the piping for the toilets is completed. We plan on cementing the floors tomorrow.
        
Simply amazing! God is so good!
We saw a puff of smoke from the overlooking volcano today, just reminding us how small we are and how big God is. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish tomorrow.
John F.

Look at him now!

You may remember this story from September 28 when we posted about the baby in respiratory distress. Well, his mom brought him back to visit and show just how life-altering having a team there has been.

Would you like to be part of a story like this? Let us know on the volunteer page and thank you for helping make the next team happen with your donation.

Making a difference

Our team in Haiti is making a difference thanks to the help of the dedicated medical professionals and the family and friends that support them.

EMI is able to provide medications to help the many people who visit the clinic for life-saving or life-changing treatments. Some of the medications are donated but many have to be purchased prior to our arrival. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of our supporters here at home.

The team spent some time visiting the local communities as some were unable to make the journey to the clinic.

The Haitian people are beautiful, strong, resilient and thankful. They work hard for what they can but, in many cases, circumstances are working against them. They don’t want to need help but the reality is, they do sometimes. It is a life-altering experience for those on our team to be able to do whatever they can to help.

If you would like to be a part of this life changing experience, you can fill out the form on the Volunteer page indicating your interest.

We are so grateful for your generous financial support as well. We ALL are making a difference.

 

 

 

 

The team is seeing 145 patients a day

Haiti’s healthcare system has been in crisis for many years. While some improvements were realized after the earthquake in January 2010,

many things have not changed. The ability to go see a doctor or visit the hospital in an emergency is something many of us take for granted. This is why Everyday Miracles International is in Haiti right now with an amazing team of medical professionals. These people are giving of their time, resources and finances to do what they can to make a difference in as many lives as they can.

One of those lives is this little one. This baby was seen by our team visiting the clinic in September. We were able to provide a referral for life altering surgery to correct a cleft palate that is not just a cosmetic fix

but one that allows this baby to eat and drink properly, making a difference in his health through proper nutrition. The family came back to visit and say thank you. The smiles Dr. Cheryl got from this precious one was the best thank you.

On another day, a very ill man fell unconscious while waiting to get into the clinic to be seen. The team quickly stabilized him, accessed him and arranged for an ambulance to transport him to hospital.

 

For all these reasons and many more, EMI exists. Each team that travels, comes back knowing they have done what they could to make a difference in someone’s life. If you would like to be a part of making the next team successful in making a difference, please donate now. If you, are someone you know, would like to join an upcoming team, please fill out the form showing your interest and we will contact you.

 

The team had an awesome week

Dr. Todd (Paediatrician), Dr. Priya (General Practitioner), Rebecca (Nurse Practitioner), Eileen (Nurse Practitioner), Gillian (Registered Nurse), Kathy (Registered Nurse), Janette (Registered Nurse), Rachel (Pharmacist) and John (EMI Vice President)

 

Stories and pictures are coming in as each of the team members has a chance to process everything they experienced last week. It was a whirlwind of new sights and smells, beautiful children and thankful people. A trip like this is an experience that will change you and affect you in ways you never imagined. Please contact us if you would like to experience what it is like to serve others on one of our upcoming trips.