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2018 allowed us to bring two teams to Haiti – it has allowed us to continue to strengthen our mission work in the Meyotte community as well as to provide basic healthcare which is lacking by all in this community. We brought over a medical team and a “teen” mission team – both were equally important and received with so much gratitude. We currently have a trip scheduled for February 2019 and hope to add at least one additional trip in the year to come.
In 2019 we plan to continue our mission work by providing community assistance into new areas in Haiti and touching new communities. We are also partnering with local organizations such as Rebuilding Haiti which we have built a relationship with over the last few years to expand our scope of work.
Our team began by making an unassuming trip to Haiti in 2015. We hoped to assist with endeavors already in place and perhaps learn more about the Haitian culture. We soon determined that although it had been five years since the devastating earthquake of 2010, not much progress had been made in helping the many, displaced victims with housing, food, clean water, and medical attention. Much of our same team returned a year later with a strong sense of camaraderie and passion for the people of Haiti. We knew the needs were too great for us not to get involved in a much larger capacity.
Over the past two years we have developed partnerships with various, reputable organizations that have assisted us in laying the groundwork to begin development of a permanent clinic in Meyotte. Sitting on a steep hill overlooking the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Meyotte has no consistent medical care. The needs are great and with the occurrence of hurricane Matthew this year, many suffered a multitude of injuries from this horrific storm. There continues to be a fierce need for basic and advanced healthcare. Our current priority is the construction of an appropriately appointed, clinical structure that will provide opportunities to care for the healthcare needs of this area. As of now there are no enclosed, structurally safe facilities. Our clinic services will include immunizations, dental exams, healthcare education, wound care and ophthalmologic evaluations. As the clinic grows, our plan is to include surgical services. The fruition of Blanca’s House Haiti is a dream come true for us and for the Haitian people.