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.

 

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.

A life was saved because we were there.

Today the team made a difference in a tiny young life. The day could have gone much differently for a child and his family if a group of dedicated medical professionals hadn’t taken the time to go and help.

The baby boy was brought to the clinic today in respiratory failure and septic (a serious complication due to infection). He was not just struggling to breathe but stopped breathing altogether several times.

 

Rebecca and some of the local medical professionals working on the baby in the clinic.

 

 

Rebecca and Cheryl had to ventilate the baby (breathe for him using a mask and bag to force air into his lungs), while they desperately tried to find a hospital that would take him. They almost lost him several times before finally delivering him to a hospital that could continue his care. He likely would not have survived the trip to the hospital if not for the team being there.

The latest update was the baby was still alive and has a chance at living because the team was there to help. A huge thanks to the medical professionals who gave their time and travelled to Haiti and to all the people who made a donation to help make this trip happen.

If you are able to donate to help cover the cost of medications and equipment, or to help the next group of people ready to go help, please click on the donate button at the top of the page.

 

Our team is on the ground in Haiti!

Our team arrived safely Sunday and has been hard at work in the clinic for several days now.

 

The locals start lining up early to see a medical professional. The shade of the trees in the area make the wait a bit more bearable.

 

 

A translator assists in getting patient information and answering questions.

 

 

 

Visiting the local homes nearby to see where some of our patients live.

 

2017 Dates For Haiti

We are so excited by the work done over the winter getting the clinic ready for medical teams.  Having a clean examination area is critical and being able to transport the team and supplies is essential.  With this excitement in our hearts, we let out the call for team members to go to Croix-des-Bouquets.  We got some great responses, and thanks to all those who expressed interest.  So, the Haiti trip dates have been set for September (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1) and November (Nov. 5 – Nov. 12).  Revised 2 Haiti 2017   The need is so great and we are excited about what the future holds for us. We need to tell our families, friends and colleagues about it, so everyone can get on-board.  In addition, we are now collecting medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for both trips.  These will assist the teams to more successfully meet the needs of the Haitian people.  You can support us by praying that people’s hearts will be open to being team members, by volunteering as a team member yourself, by giving financially so we can provide medications and supplies for our teams or by simply spreading the word.  Contact us through the website.  All support is greatly appreciated.

A Little Spit and Polish

In late 2016, two faithful men, Mike Bell and Laurens van der Mark set out to Croix-Des-Bouquets to work at the clinic to see if they could get it ready for medical teams.  And, they did.  We are so grateful for their hard work.  They were able to repair and get on the road, two vehicles, with new tires, new batteries and swapped parts from other vehicles.  When teams come, they can be transported.  One vehicle is a multi-person transporter and the other is a Toyota utility pickup truck which will be ideal for transporting luggage and supplies.  They were also able to repair the backup generator so that when the municipal power goes down (and it does) the clinic and the guest house will still have power. Mr. Marc Lubin, the Haitian Director of SIF, who operates the clinic, hired local people to come in and clean. Mike and Laurens pitched in and even got some painting done.  With everyone’s help, and the donations we received, the clinic is open for business.  Thanks everyone for your generous support.  Lives will be changed.

Haiti Team Update

Last year, a team of people from EMI visited Haiti to check out a medical clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets, owned by a local NGO. Due to some financial hardship, the medical clinic has been sitting idle for 3+ years. This NGO was actively searching for partnership in reopening the clinic and returning to serving the needs of the local people. I seemed like the perfect fit for a home base for our teams to run clinics in the country.

What we found there was several examination rooms, a pharmacy, an operating room, a dental room and a laboratory. The clinic has electrical power supplied by the city, with a back-up generator. Water is supplied from a well. We also found several vehicles in various states of disrepair which could be used to transport  teams.

The clinic is located in a suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince called Croix-des-Bouquets, and has no other medical services in the area. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the clinic and it needs significant cleaning and maintenance. We are currently recruiting for a team to go in late November 2016 to begin this work.