By Jennifer Browning
The end of the year is near, but there is still time to make your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100 or more to Project Medishare. This has been another successful year for Project Medishare and those we serve in Haiti’s Central Plateau. We have been thankful that mother nature gave some reprieve and helped Haiti avoid season devastated by hurricanes.
With the weather cooperating, Project Medishare is happy to announce the finalized construction of the Akamil Facility in Thomonde! For many years, our local staff of 95 people from Thomonde, Marmont and Casse provide urgently needed healthcare to their communities. These dedicated workers provide the only primary healthcare to 85,000 people–despite the lack of adequate facilities and difficult working conditions.
The new Akamil Facility will allow Project Medishare to do so much more. We’re ready to combat childhood malnutrition affecting more than 50 percent of children in these communities. With the facility beginning operation in January, the locally produced, highly nutritious meal called Akamil will begin opening doors in Thomonde not only in the fight against malnutrition, but in the economic welfare of the community. We are so thankful to the Caporella Family, the Berlin Family Foundation, Coral Gables Congregational Church, UM Rotaract Club, South Florida Rotary Clubs and Rotary International, Center for Disease Control, Auto Gov, AkzoNobel, DSM and donors like you who are making the opening of this facility a reality.
In addition to the Akamil Facility, Project Medishare accomplished much more in 2009.
- Our community health agents provided over 10,000 home visits and held over 430 “rally posts” where children were monitored for signs of malnutrition and received vaccinations.
- We renovated the Ministry of Health clinic in Marmont, expanding our services to more than 15,700 people.
- We completed construction of the Maternal Health Center in Marmont, thanks to the Greig Family.
- Our agronomist provided training to local farmers and women at our trial
farm and in the community and established five vegetable nurseries in the nearby surrounding communities of Cadichon, Savane Moise, Calabate and Savane Longue.
None of this could have been accomplished without the support of the friends, donors, and volunteers who have embraced Project Medishare’s mission in Haiti’s Central Plateau–to provide and achieve quality healthcare and development services for all.
But we cannot rest. Looking ahead Project Medishare urgently needs help to:
- Prepare to provide 5,000 children with oral rehydration solution to treat diarrhea, which still needlessly kills countless children in Haiti. (Project Medishare treated more than 2,000 last year for worms and other illnesses associated with poverty and lack of clean water, but the need has outpaced our current efforts.)
- Expand the pediatric neurosurgery program from two to four trips this year – Last year we evaluated over 100 children and operated on 45 – most being life-saving surgeries. But many didn’t get the attention they needed. We must do better in the coming year.
- Provide equipment and medical supplies to the new Maternal Health Center in Marmont.
- Continue to expand the sustainable agricultural training program between Marmont and Thomonde. In addition to these important projects, we need funds to repair a water cistern in Marmont, so there will be access to safe drinking water.
Project Medishare is still in need of donations to continue this important work in Haiti. Eighty-five percent of your donated dollar goes to directly to programs and services of our organization, so your donated dollar goes a long way.
So during this holiday season, please remember Project Medishare and the people of Haiti’s Central Plateau and then click here to give the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can to help us continue our life-saving work.