Kidney clerger, feb 2009 

A Little Girl’s Steps

 

Jennifer Lang, Program Manager, January 19, 2012

Operations Officer Stanley Liste joined the Hope for Haiti team in January 2008. A crucial part of Hope for Haiti’s Emergency Response team following the devastating earthquake in January 2010, Stanley has participated in many difficult medical cases. It is rare in Haiti – where so many lack access to healthcare, to hear success stories. It is even more rare to see a successful patient grow over several years.

Kidney Clerger, Feb 2009
Kidney Clerger, Feb 2009

Kidney Clerger was one of Hope for Haiti’s earliest Robert E. Hord consultations. Entering the Program in February 2009, Kidney presented with Amniotic bands formed at birth. While amputation was initially considered, Hope for Haiti’s partners at FINCA Hospital were able to perform a surgery on Kidney’s foot. For only $350 US, Kidney received a surgery that enabled her to walk.

Almost three-years later, Stanley was able to visit with the family and see Kidney’s progress first-hand. Today, Kidney can run and play—and even stand on one foot! As Stanley approached the house—half-built with cement and a palm tree roof, he saw Kidney running through the yard with three of her girl friends. Stanley knows Kidney’s mother, Sandra, from the marketplace where she works, and he greeted his other acquaintances from construction and family ties throughout the neighborhood.

As Hope for Haiti’s current Healthcare Program Manager, I have relied on Stanley as a liaison in numerous difficult cases. Still, my tenure here stretches only since June 2011, and I do not remember the struggles of Kidney’s handicap or her laughter after her first steps. When I talked to Stanley about what makes Kidney’s case stand out, he highlighted many factors. “Successful surgeries in Haiti require a lot of variables to come together. You need to find the right hospital, the right doctor. You need money. The medications you need have to be found in country or shipped in.”

More than that, though, his response touched on the true nature of cases like Kidney’s. “When I was helping the Clergers, I feel like I’m helping someone in whose situation I could have found myself. “ The Robert E. Hord Program gives the gift of surgeries to children born with handicaps like Kidney Clerger; my work with Hope for Haiti, and Stanley’s work, allows us to experience that gift.

Kidney Clerger, March 2009 Kidney Clerger stand on one left leg after playing Kidney Clerger, Dec. 2011
Kidney Clerger, March 2009 Kidney Clerger stand on
one leg after playing.
Kidney Clerger, Dec. 2011
Hope for haiti program manager, jessica jean francois with water technician, harry victor and caretaker of the clinic water system in baraderes, roland jean. 

Hope for Haiti Tackles Water-Borne Diseases through its Clean Water Program

 

Jessica Jean-Francois, Program Manager, January 16, 2012

This past Thursday, Hope for Haiti and the Clean Water program’s technician, Harry Victor, were in Baradères for a routine maintenance and site visit. The Little Sisters of St. Therese Clinic in Baradères were chosen in October of 2007 as the perfect place to house one of Hope for Haiti’s 12 UV Water Purification systems. With most systems located near clinics, orphanages and schools, the system at the clinic in Baradères serves the infirmary, many church organizations and the community. Due to the large demand from the community and a rise in water-borne diseases in the general population, Hope for Haiti installed a second water purification system in the Baradères Town Center in 2009.

Hope for Haiti Program Manager, Jessica Jean-Francois with Water Technician, Harry Victor and Caretaker of the clinic water system in Baraderes, Roland Jean. Hope for Haiti Water Technician, Harry Victor, speaks to Caretaker, Roland Jean, about cleaning the water system and its cistern. System Caretaker, Laurie Monteville, holds the clean water test with Hope for Haiti Program Manager, Jessica Jean-Francois.
Hope for Haiti Program Manager, Jessica Jean-Francois with Water Technician, Harry Victor and Caretaker of the clinic water system in Baraderes, Roland Jean. Hope for Haiti Water Technician, Harry Victor, speaks to Caretaker, Roland Jean, about cleaning the water system and its cistern. System Caretaker, Laurie Monteville, holds the clean water test with Hope for Haiti Program Manager, Jessica Jean-Francois.

Hope for Haiti’s water purification systems in Baradères are the only sources of clean water in the town and surrounding community.  They operate around the clock to provide clean, safe water to the whole community. Water-borne diseases such as typhoid and intestinal parasites were very common in the area before the installation of these water systems. Without the systems, many healthcare and community institutes would have to travel 2 hours on a mountainous road to Les Cayes to purchase water. Both systems are serviced monthly and monitored for repairs. We work hard to ensure that the systems work well and efficiently while guaranteeing that the water is clean and potable. On this visit in particular, community members shared how happy they were to have this water system and to be able to provide clean water to their families.  Thank you to everyone who supports our Clean Water program. It is truly a gift.