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The Five Things We Learned About Health And Hygiene in Haiti

Two Haitian Nurses Share the Five Things They’ve Learned About Health & Hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

In celebration of Global Handwashing Day, we asked two Hope for Haiti Public Health Nurses to share the things they’ve learned while administering public health programs in southern Haiti. 

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Dear Friends of Hope for Haiti:

We write to you today as two core members of Hope for Haiti’s Public Health team. For the past 30 years, Hope for Haiti has been working to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. Each year, we work in collaboration with Hope for Haiti’s healthcare team to help provide public health education to more than 10,000 children, parents, and grandparents in southern Haiti. Our work is rooted in the belief that the health of our nation and the future of our country depends on providing a public curriculum that addresses key health issues such as diabetes, hygiene and sanitation, hypertension, asthma, HIV/AIDS, proper nutrition, malaria, wound care, and many more important topics.

We know that there are challenges to our healthcare system, because we experience them on a daily basis. However, we are both inspired by what can be accomplished when we practice resilience, invite collaboration, and never give up hope. Here are five things we have both learned as two Haitian nurses focusing on Public Health Education in Southern Haiti:

  1. We’ve learned that children learn best through songs, visuals, and interactive activities. That’s why we’ve created a curriculum that makes learning fun and is child-centered! The pictures in this email are from one of our school demonstrations.
  2. We’ve learned that people lose their lives because they neglect the principles of hygiene because of the taboos that those principles carry. We raise awareness about the danger of not putting taboos aside because health is the greatest wealth a person can own.
  3. We’ve learned that the diet of the Haitian people can make them vulnerable, because they sometimes prefer to consume what can cause them serious illness. We encourage them to instead use natural products that are good for their health.
  4. Behavior change requires a lot of effort and patience, it does not happen in one stroke. For this reason, we have Community Health Workers who “help, educate and accompany” children and their community about their health problems.
  5. We’ve learned that many diseases become major illnesses due to lack of care in some areas, so we have first aid kits available in our various communities to help people avoid complications.

We invite all of you to join us today, October 15th as we celebrate Global Handwashing Day. Our personal goal for the day is to to help everyone truly understand the importance of hand washing for having a healthy life.

Thank you all for your support, your words of encouragement, and for sharing our belief that there is always hope for improving the quality of life in Haiti.

Sincerely,
Claudine Francois (Public Health Nurse, Hope for Haiti) and Evanie St. Paul (Infirmary St. Etienne and Public Health Nurse, Hope for Haiti)

Follow along with Hope for Haiti as we celebrate Global Handwashing Day in our communities on our Facebook and Instagram, and share your own stories with #GlobalHandwashingDay. 

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Sak Pase: Hope for Haiti Happenings

Hope for Haiti’s inaugural Leadership 360 class officially kicked off their program on October 10th! To learn more about the program and meet the members of the class, please click here.

Save the Date! Upcoming Events

World Diabetes Day 5k (Les Cayes, Haiti)
Join Hope for Haiti for the 1st Annual World Diabetes Day 5k in Les Cayes, Haiti on November 14, 2018! Organized by Hope for Haiti’s medical staff, this event is family-friendly and includes free diabetes screenings. To attend or sponsor, please email meg@hopeforhaiti.com.

#GivingTuesday Book Launch (Global)
“Oh, for the Love of Haiti!,”  a memoir by JoAnne M.  Keuhner, will officially launch on #GivingTuesday. Join us by pre-purchasing the book on AmazonSmile, or wait to buy it at a special #GivingTuesday price on November 28th. All proceeds benefit Hope for Haiti.

Food Packing Party (Naples, FL)
Volunteer to help pack 75,000 meals for Haiti in Naples, Florida on December 1, 2018. Any additional meals packed will benefit local Florida food banks. This is an event for all ages and is not to be missed. To register or view sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

Celebration Event (Naples, FL)
Join us in Naples, Florida for our Annual Gala on February 23rd, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Click here for more information.


Partner Events

J. McLaughlin (Naples, FL)
Shop at the Venetian Villiage or Third Street South locations of J. McLaughlin on October 22 from 11am-3pm, and 15% of your purchase will support Hope for Haiti’s programs! For more information, please click here.

The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
Meet JoAnne Kuehner, founder of Hope for Haiti and author of “Oh, For the Love of Haiti!” on October 24 from 5-7pm at the University of Scranton. JoAnne will present a chapter reading and will be available for a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact (570) 941-7401


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Join Us In Celebrating 30 Years of Impact in Haiti!

Join Hope for Haiti as we Celebrate 30 Years of Impact

“If it was easy, anyone could do it.” These are the words Hope for Haiti’s founder, JoAnne Kuehner, uses to guide us when we are confronted with the diverse and nuanced challenges of implementing poverty alleviation programs in Haiti.

Over the course of the last 30 years, JoAnne’s words and her actions have inspired a movement of like-minded people from all over the world to serve and invest in improving the quality of life of the Haitian people, particularly children. Today, the Hope for Haiti network is more united than ever by five core values:  resilience, empowerment, accountability, collaboration, and hope. These values ground us, and help us remain relentlessly committed to our shared vision for Haiti: joyful children; healthy families; thriving communities; and the resources to make it so.

This year, as in years past, Hope for Haiti will work to improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of children, parents and grandparents in Haiti through comprehensive development programs focused in education, healthcare, infrastructure development, access to clean water, and economic opportunity.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary of making an impact in Haiti, we invite you to join us at one or more of these upcoming events to help support our friends in-country:

  • Harvesting Hope Event: Join us in Stamford, Connecticut on October 18th for our Fall Event, when we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary and honoring our founders, JoAnne and Carl Kuehner, Sr. To purchase tickets, please click here.

  • #GivingTuesday Book Launch: “Oh, for the Love of Haiti!,”  a memoir by JoAnne M.  Keuhner, will officially launch on #GivingTuesday. Join us by pre-purchasing the book on AmazonSmile, or wait to buy it at a special #GivingTuesday price on November 27th. All proceeds benefit Hope for Haiti.

  • Food Packing Event: Volunteer to help pack 75,000 meals for Haiti in Naples, Florida on December 1, 2018. Any additional meals packed will benefit local Florida food banks. This is an event for all ages and is not to be missed. To register or view sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

  • CEO Trip to Haiti: Join Hope for Haiti’s CEO, Skyler Badenoch, on a service learning trip to Haiti from January 28-31, 2019. For more details on how you can be one of the eight participants, contact Stephanie Jepsen at stephanie@hopeforhaiti.com.

  • Naples Celebration: Join us in Naples, Florida for our Annual Gala on February 23rd at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Click here for more information.


Sak Pase: Hope for Haiti Happenings

#InternInsights
Katie was an intern with our Development and Gift-In-Kind departments this summer through Collier County Public Schools Internship Program. Click here to read about her experience in the Naples office and to see clips of her #InternInsights videos, which were posted on Instagram and Facebook stories throughout the summer.


Save the Date! Upcoming Events

World Diabetes Day 5k (Les Cayes, Haiti)
Join Hope for Haiti for the 1st Annual World Diabetes Day 5k in Les Cayes, Haiti on November 14, 2018! Organized by Hope for Haiti’s medical staff, this event is family-friendly and includes free diabetes screenings. To attend or sponsor, please email meg@hopeforhaiti.com.

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Help Girls Like Jeunise Beat the Odds in Haiti!

Spotlight on Education: Jeunise Guillaume

Jeunise Guillaume continues to defy enormous odds in Haiti, where the enrollment rate for primary school is 57%, and fewer than 30% of those students ever reach the sixth grade (UNICEF). According to the World Bank, more than 200,000 Haitian children are not in school as a result of long distances required to travel to the nearest school, a lack of quality-trained teachers, and the small but unaffordable cost of uniforms and school supplies. Read below to hear how Jeunise continues to beat the odds using her own intelligence, self-resilience, and just a little support from Hope for Haiti’s Education Program. This month, we are kick-starting our Jump Back to School Campaign by raising $10,000 to send students like Jeunise back to school with all the supplies needed for a successful year.  Read more