Archive for March, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Last week grant recipients from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund met with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Representing Project Medishare was Dr. Henri Ford and Project Medishare’s Country Director Marie Chery.

Also pictured are Pierre Poupard (UNICEF), Benoit Thirty (WFP), Jim Emerson (Plan USA), Agron Ferati (International Medi Corps), Claude Jeudy (Habitat for Humanity), Dr. Marie Marcelle Deschamps (GHESKIO), Dominic MacSorley (Concern Worldwide USA), and Scott Campbell (CRS).

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Joonbug.com and Chanel Omari introduce their first ever collaborative fashion show and Haiti benefit hosted by singer and actress, Adrienne Bailon. Styled by Lindsi Lane and Charles Shipley, the fashion show will feature women’s contemporary designers such as Recession Denim, 2enlight10 by Regine Basha, and AZU Brand.

America’s Next Top Model winner, CariDee English, will open and close for the “I Want Now” fashion show. Cycle 13 contestants Laura Kirkpatrick, Jennifer An, Ashley Howard, and Lulu Braithwaithe will also walk in the show and have their makeup done by Tali Haddad, of Makeup by Tali, and Ramy Gafni, celebrity beauty expert and creator of RAMY beauty therapy® product collection.

Music by DJ Ian Boyd along with a surprise live performance will keep partygoers on their feet all night long. Photographer Kirill Bichutsky will be on site to capture the night of fashion and fun.

The motivation behind the fashion show is to embrace the inner “fashionista” in all women and to raise significant funds in order to support Haiti relief efforts. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Project Medishare.

The event will be on March 25 at Tenjune on 26 Little West 12th Street, New York from 9-11 p.m. Click here to purchase your tickets.

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By Jennifer Browning

Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will be defending his title against former WBO champion Carlos Quintana on Saturday, April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. A portion of the “Fighting For Haiti” event will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation, benefiting Project Medishare.

Welterweight titleholder Andre Berto withdrew after the earthquake from his scheduled unification fight with Shane Mosley on Jan. 30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Born to Haitian parents, Berto said he knows that boxing won’t wait for him, but that right now family comes first.

“Some things are bigger than what you do in your professional life and career,” Berto told The Examiner. “You see things happen to your family and a country you’ve tried to help inspire and it takes a toll on you.”

Eight of Andre’s relatives died in the earthquake after a home filled with his mother’s family, siblings and cousins, collapsed. Andre’s half-sister, Naomi, who wasn’t heard from for two days, is now living on the streets with his six-year-old niece, Jessica, because their home was destroyed. If Naomi and Jessica had not decided to take a walk shortly before the earthquake, their fate could have been similar.

Welterweight champion Andre Berto volunteering at the Project Medishare Hospital shortly after the earthquake. Berto will defend his title against former WBO champion Carlos Quintana on April 10 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event is being billed as "Fighting for Haiti."

Berto headed Haiti shortly after the earthquake with Project Medishare sporting “Team Berto” t-shirts. Berto and his brother Cleveland volunteered during the early days at the Project Medishare.

Andre Berto founded the Berto Dynasty Foundation in February to help raise money for those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti and plans to use the funds to support several initiatives, including: Project Medishare, temporary housing for those who lost their homes and the rebuilding of schools and orphanages. The Berto Dynasty Foundation is currently partnering with Westmark School in Encino, California, to help adopt a school in Haiti and connect the Westmark students with youngsters in Haiti. For more information, visit http://www.andreberto.com .

Tickets for “Fighting For Haiti” are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000) or visiting, http://www.ticketmaster.com and BankAtlantic Center Box Office (1.954.835-7000) http://www.bankatlanticenter.com. Tickets are priced at $250, $100, $65, and $35. VIP Ringside tickets are available for private sale for $500 by calling DiBella Entertainment (1.212.947.2577) http://www.dbe1.com.

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With her Bible open to Psalms nearby, Sophonie feeds her three-day-old son Max. The mother said the Bible gives her security for her baby and her life. She said she gives thanks to the doctors and nurses who are helping her baby. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Sophonie props her Bible up next to where her three-day-old son, Max, is sleeping. She gently takes him out of the suitcase style incubator and cradles him in her arms in an effort to get him to eat.

Sophonie, who was seven months pregnant when the January quake roared through her city, lost her house and her sister in the earthquake. She had her child in a camp not far away from the Project Medishare Hospital near the airport. At just two days old, Sophonie noticed that Max was having trouble breathing. A friend helped her find transportation to the make-shift tent hospital.

The mother said that she is thankful for the Project Medishare doctors and nurses who are working to make her son better.

“Everyone is so kind,” she said, “and they treat my son with the same kindness and love that I do.”

While there a was a small Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Community Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the earthquake has left it inoperable. For now, the PICU at Project Medishare’s tent hospital is the only places where tiny patients like Max can receive such special care.

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By Jennifer Browning

As a part of the Community Health and Development Program, Project Medishare is not only continuing to provide healthcare in Haiti’s Central Plateau, but also develop a sustainable community that will be able to thrive in the future.

One of these ways is through providing safe drinking water. Currently, Rick Spurlock and Emory Medishare are still working toward the Safe Water Project. Construction on a sodium hypochlorite production building is underway in Marmont. The facility is located next door to the new Maternal Health Center.

Training for the project workers will begin in the next few months with the help of Deep Springs International coordinating these efforts between Thomonde/Marmont and Jolivert.

Project Medishare and Emory University hope to have the program up and running by this summer, however the program still needs financial support and funding. Emory Medishare still needs to raise $20,000 to make this project a reality for the people of Thomonde, Marmont, and Jolivert.

The water project is in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000, which specify eight objectives, including improving health, promoting gender equality, reducing poverty, ensuring environmental sustainability, and enhancing access to education, to be achieved by 2015. Goal 7, “Ensure environmental sustainability” focuses attention on reducing “by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”

Click here to make a donation to Emory Medishare’s Safe Water Project and join in the goal of providing safe drinking water for all in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

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By Jennifer Browning

A little over a week ago, we told you about 11-year-old Vincent who was brought into the Project Medishare Hospital for an emergency surgery for a ruptured gall bladder.

After surgery, many of the doctors tending to him thought Vincent might not make it through the night. But nurses like Michelle Chacon didn’t give up hope on the young boy.

“I would come to sit by him, look in his eyes, and talk to him. He seemed to just communicate with me just looking into my eyes, and once in a while he would reach up and touch my face,” Chacon, a nurse from Carthage, Missouri said. “We bonded. He wouldn’t give up….and I wouldn’t give up on him.”

Vincent slowly began progressing, and by the time Chicon returned to her own children back in the States, this young boy who had been bed ridden could take four or five small steps to and from his cot.

Physical therapists continued to work with him. To start trying to make Vincent’s legs stronger they would help him walk. Each day a the therapists would encourage him to go a couple of steps further. They also implemented the use of a soccer ball that Vincent enjoyed throwing or kicking gently back and forth.

Today, Vincent’s physical therapy is improving. With the help of a walker and a physical therapist, he is able to walk from his cot, out of the pediatric ward and to the fence of the camp. The pediatric medical staff also reported that Vincent is eating better and that he has gained five pounds.

While Vincent has a long way to go until he is fully recovered, he has accomplished a lot since that day Michelle Chacon refused to give up hope.

Thank you to the many medical volunteers (doctors, nurses, surgeons, physical therapists, social workers, psychologists and translators) who are helping Project Medishare provide such wonderful care to those we are serving in Haiti.

If you would like to make a donation to help Project Medishare continue our efforts on the ground click here.

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By Jennifer Browning

A group of Miami based musicians have written and recorded Song for Haiti. City of Progress, which is a part of Spam Allstars Productions, is selling the song as a download to raise money for Project Medishare’s relief efforts in Haiti. The group also recorded the video and posted it to YouTube.

All the musicians donated their time and talent.

“Really, the goal was to create something in English/Spanish/Creole that we could share with people…..Perhaps as an expression when words don’t seem like enough,” Melanie Masterson, owner of Milkcrate Technologies/Spam Allstars said “Each of us have participated in multiple fundraising events, but the song felt like something lasting.”

Click here to download the song. Each download that is purchased raises money for Project Medishare’s earthquake relief efforts.

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