Archive for April, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Shortly after the January 12 earthquake, Spencer’s joined forces with Delta Apparel, Next Level Apparel, and T-shirt Central and offered 10,000 T-shirts in varying styles for sale to raise money for Project Medishare. Spencer’s store associated offered these shirt to every guest for a suggested donation amount of $10, $5, or $1 and raised over $38,000–all which is being donated to Project Medishare’s earthquake relief efforts.

Spencer’s donations will allow Project Medishare to supply an additional 76 patients with a new prosthetic limb.

“It is an incredible sight to see these children and adults who had lost all hope for a normal life, get back on their feet again and walk out of our hospital,” Jenna Green, Project Medishare’s Director of Development said. “We are so incredibly grateful for Spencer’s support and what an amazing result to your fundraising efforts.”

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By Jennifer Browning

In case you missed it Friday evening, here is the video clip from CBS Evening News. News anchor, Katie Couric, visited Project Medishare’s field hospital in Port-au-Prince a few weeks ago. Here is the story she did regarding Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.

If you can’t view the video above you may find it here.

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By Jennifer Browning

While the impending rainy season makes life difficult in our field hospital in Port-au-Prince, the same rain helps seeds turn to much needed food.

For the past three years, through the Integrated Community Development Program, Project Medishare has been working to improve agriculture in the Central Plateau.

As part of the program, our local agronomists work with area farmers to help them improve farming practices so their fields will yield better crops.

In 2008, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) donated 220 earthboxes through the FAO’s Growing Connections Program. Project Medishare is received not only assistance from FAO but also from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida (IFAS) who continue to provide techincal assistance to our agricultural program.  The program is an effort to begin an alternative growing program for the vulnerable (elders, sick, handicapped), children and adolescents.

Project Medishare’s agronomist, Ronal Bien-aimé and IFAF’s Florence Sergile tested the Earth Boxes by seeing how they would adapt to local conditions. The agronomists monitored and compared the plant growth being tested in the Earth Boxes with those planted in a field.

With the success of the program, the agriculture team expanded the experience into the community. Ten Earth Boxes went to Marmont and were placed in the yard of the local clinic where visitors and patients can see the possibilities of alternative gardening, and the link between nutrition and good health.

In June 2008, Project Medishare provided training to the Haitian staff and consultants with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) introducing FAO Haiti to the agriculture program of the Project Medishare Integrated Community Development Program in Marmont.  Demonstrations and trainings were done for local women at the trial farm as well as in the community.

Last year, our agriculture team began working with IDEJEN (Young Idea), a group of 25 adolescents as part of the community expansion. IDEJEN assisted Project Medishare’s agriculture team by receiving hands on training with 25 Earth Boxes. The group, which is comprised of at-risk youth in the community, continues to work with our agriculture team.

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By Jennifer Browning

Haitian-born Bogosse founders Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu have created a Limited Edition Collection, L’Union Fait La Force, and are donating 50 percent of the proceeds to Project Medishare.

Bogosse founders Fabrice and Patrick Tardieu at the Nordstrom Galleria in Dallas where they introduced their Limited Edition shirts L’Union Fait La Force. Two more personal appearances will be held at the Nordstrom at Dadeland Mall, Miami tomorrow, and at Nordstrom Aventura, Miami on May 8.Photo by Jennifer Browning.

This collection, which debuted earlier this month at the Nordstrom Galleria in Dallas is very special to the Patrick and Fabrice. Tomorrow you can meet the men behind the label who are hosting an in-store Nordstrom public appearance to launch the line and to promote their relief initiative with Project Medishare, whose ongoing partnership with Bogosse will help both organizations stand by and support the people of Haiti.

Only 600 shirts have been made in eight different styles; 75 shirts per style. The inside labels of the back collar boast the colors of the Haitian flag.  The line will be carried in three locations: Nordstrom Galleria, Dallas; Aventura, Miami; and Dadeland Mall, Miami.

You can see this beautifully detailed Limited Edition collection along with Fabrice and Patrick  at Nordstrom in the Dadeland Mall tomorrow, Saturday April 24 between 1 and 5 p.m. and at Nordstrom Aventura on May 8.

Click here to see images from their debut of L’Union Fait La Force at Nordstrom Galleria, Dallas.

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By Jennifer Browning

This Sunday young musicians from the Piano Preparatory Program will perform jazz, pop and Latin music in Coconut Grove at South Florida’s premier piano restaurant and lounge.

Between 5-7 p.m. there will be 2 for 1 drinks and appetizers at Crazy Pianos.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute field hospital in Haiti.

For more information contact: Piano Preparatory Program at 786-853-4041 or email keyboardforkids@miami.edu.

Crazy Pianos is located at 3015 Grand Avenue, Miami FL 33133/ http://www.crazypianosmiami.com/ 305-567-2462.

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Nurse anesthetist Tonya Via helps a patient get transferred to be airvacced to the United States. Via volunteered in the first few weeks after the January 12 earthquake. Photo courtesy of Tonya Via.

By Tonya Via

After the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, I sat silently and watched the news as my heart turned violently in my chest.  I saw many images of the massive destruction, devastation, and despair. The most vivid one that stood out in my mind and forever changed my life was a man lying on a coffee table found among the rubble having his leg amputated as he lye there awake under a tarp in the city.  It was then I realized there was something I should do, I could do, and wanted to do to prevent another human being, who survived one of the worst natural disasters we have ever known, from having to experience the same inexcusable horrific pain. I am a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. My responsibility is to alleviate pain and keep my patients safe and comfortable during surgical procedures.  The Haitians desperately needed anesthesia care, and I knew I needed to respond.

I knew it would be a logistic challenge getting to Haiti so I began working quickly to align myself with an organization I could volunteer with that shared my same passion, helping the people of Haiti in dire need.  The University of Miami Children’s Hospital and Project Medishare graciously afforded me that opportunity. The endless, tiring and unselfish work of Ann McNeil from the neurosurgical department at University of Miami Children’s Hospital, was nothing short of amazing. Through her efforts, she made it possible for me, a complete stranger to her, to become part of the medical volunteer team at Project Medishare and University of Miami’s field hospital.

As the sun was setting in Port-Au-Prince, the jet landed. My heart raced I had so many of those images I had seen on the television and Internet invading my mind. Would I too see the same things? Would I get to take care of the Haitians and provide the anesthesia care I came to do?  I took a deep breath and began to prepare myself for the real thing.  I had waited nearly two long weeks with a broken heart.  I was finally there to do what I came to do, help the victims I had seen suffering. To provide the one thing that the man lying on that coffee table needed the most, proper anesthesia care. We climbed down the stairs of our luxury jet and life, as we knew it ended. It was a sight I couldn’t believe. Waiting our arrival was a team of mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted volunteers standing on the tarmac waiting to return home. Their sense of urgency in returning home quickly changed into an unbelievable organized group of helpful cooperative exhausted individuals. They quickly began helping off-load all the supplies we had brought down from the underside of the jet. It was truly a sight to behold. As if they had any ounce of energy left, here they were passing box after box of food, supplies, drugs and equipment down a line of volunteers next to the dangerously hot engines of the jet. Within 30 minutes the massive amounts of medical supplies and food were unloaded onto the tarmac. Our fellow volunteers boarded their plane to return home, their lives forever changed. Mine was about to be too.


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By Jennifer Browning

Now, just like Bernard Hopkins, you too can be a part of the team when you purchase your Project Medishare Haiti Earthquake Relief Team T-shirts.

Earlier this month, Hopkins showed his SAVE HAITI pride during his fight with Roy Jones, Jr. at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

While training that day, Hopkins sported a Project Medishare wristband and his Project Medishare Earthquake Relief T-shirt. Hopkins won won the 12-round fight by unanimous decision.

Now you too can proudly wear your Project Medishare green, and help us continue our fight to help Haiti through this time of need.

T-shirts are $25, and are currently available in M, L, and XL. They can be purchased online here.

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