NAVMC actively making a difference in Haiti!
Thanks to the support and generous contributions of our donors, we have been able to make a positive impact in the lives of many people, especially the orphaned children of Haiti. NAVMC has formed a partnership with two orphanages in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Our construction teams have helped to improve the facilities and we are feeding and educating over 150 orphans. Our medical teams continue to support the only trauma facility in Haiti. Regardless of your background, skills, medical training, or expertise, if you are interested in going to Haiti to assist, we have the place!
NAVMC has visited and worked with the Renmen and New Life orphanages since the earthquake. Our volunteers have stayed at the orphanages during projects. We have distributed over $120,000 to these organizations for building projects, food, education, and equipment so far! We have seen the changes that you have made with your donations.
If you are interested in going to Haiti as a representative of NAVMC and providing hands-on assistance, please contact us! Whether you can swing a hammer, hold/feed a baby, provide a medical/dental service, or just want to help in any manner... We'll provide you the information! And as always, you can always make a monetary donation to help in our efforts, just click on the button above!
Renmen Foundation runs an orphanage near the airport in Port-au-Prince. Founded in 1992 by Director Florence Thybulle, it provides a home for 50 children. The facilities sustained significant damage during the earthquake and were repaired by an NAVMC team which worked in Haiti in January 2013. More yet needs to be done to make the orphanage safe and we are involved in ongoing projects there that include providing safe and reliable electrical power and a clean water supply. Funding is largely through on-line donations with no consistent source. NAVMC is one of the largest financial donors. The children are well cared for and mostly well fed depending on donations. There are 14 staff members working there including Naider, a lovely woman who has lived on site for 15 years. They provide schooling for the youngest children while the majority walk to one of two local schools. School is very expensive and one of the largest costs for Renmen. Their needs include funding for food and education and maintenance of the facilities.
NAVMC has provided them with a generator, an inverter, cook stove and washer/dryer. Prior to the arrival of the new 10 burner stove, they were feeding 60 people with a single burner stove. In January 2013 an NAVMC construction team built a security wall around the orphanage and repaired a faulty drainage system that was causing flooding of the kitchen and dining areas. We continue to send money to support the education of the younger children and are covering the expenses for several older orphans who are attending college in Haiti. Some of these are pursuing degrees now in nursing and law with our assistance. Volunteers may stay at the orphanage to assist.
Two young ladies from Renmen are living with families in Flagstaff, AZ and are attending Northern Arizona University.
Hopital Bernard Mews (HBM) is a hospital in downtown Port-au-Prince that was not damaged in the earthquake. It was functioning prior to the quake and provided surgical care through local Haitian surgeons. Six months after the earthquake Project Medishare of Miami began sending its volunteers to work at HBM. Prior to that Project Medishare had run a tent hospital at the airport in Port-au-Prince where they provided medical care in a disaster relief effort that began on January 13, 2010. Three NAVMC teams were part of this effort.
In June of 2010 HBM became by default the only real trauma hospital in Haiti and had the only three intensive Care Unit beds in the country. For the first few years, the hospital was run by volunteers under the supervision and guidance of two Haitian General Surgeons Jerry and Marlon Bitar. Over the years the hospital has been run more and more by Haitian healthcare providers and staff with assistance from foreign volunteers. The Bitar family still runs the organization with the help of volunteers provided by Project Medishare. NAVMC has sent multiple medical teams to work at HBM and continues to send 1-3 teams annually. The focus remains to provide medical care to victims of physical trauma and now includes teaching of Haitian surgical and anesthesia residents.
Volunteers travel for week long trips and stay on the hospital grounds. In 2015 a new building was completed that includes new volunteer quarters making the stay much more comfortable. NAVMC has provided thousands of man hours in helping set up the operating rooms and has provided desperately needed equipment to treat the injuries that flood the gates at HBM. A recent individual donor provided a set of orthopedic instruments that has revolutionized the treatment of lower extremity fractures in Haiti. The needs are great in Haiti and NAVMC has helped improve the lives of hundreds of patients since January 12, 2010.
New Life Children’s Home is an orphanage located in Port-au-Prince. Founded in 1977 by Dir. Miriam Fredericks it currently provides care for 130 children including 16 special needs children. The children are well fed, there is safe water for them to drink and they have toilet facilities though these are in need of repair. The orphanage was damaged by the earthquake and some of the children's dormitories have been or will need to be removed and rebuilt. They are in the process of buying two more pieces of property that adjoin their current facility which will allow them to rebuild dormitories and perhaps increase their capacity. Immediately after the earthquake they converted their facility to a mini hospital to care for victims of the quake. They no longer provide this service and have reverted back to their role as an orphanage. They have been hosting Hangar, a prosthetics company that has been coming weekly to provide prosthetics to many new amputees in Haiti. New Life provides teaching for children through sixth grade. Beyond sixth grade the children are sent out to schools. Education is not free and the costs include tuition, uniforms books and supplies. Schooling is a significant expense for the orphanage, approximately $3500 per month. The orphanage has a lovely Guest House in which volunteers can stay for $35 a day which includes breakfast and dinner. This is a safe, secure facility and very comfortable. They will house volunteers who are working at other facilities as well. NAVMC has provided financial support to pay for the children’s education since the earthquake. A construction team traveled to New Life in January 2012 and built a school for the children. This team also built showers and toilet facilities for the children. The project was funded by NAVMC and constructed by our volunteers. We are working with New Life on a cholera project in the countryside.