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A girl walks by a building that collapsed in Jacmel, Haiti during the earthquake that devastated the island nation in January, 2010.

Haiti: A Country of Contrasts

Today was my first day in Haiti, a country of contrast. Even before getting off the plane, through my window seat, a clear contrast between the countryside and the capital, Port-au-Prince is seen as the concrete and buildings of the city stretch up from the coast climbing as a concrete vine up the sides of […]

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Haiti Becomes Part of Your Soul . . .

As I sit on the plane to Haiti this morning with our team of 17 volunteers for our July medical clinic, I can’t help to think about a question I often get asked. Would it not make more sense to just send the money instead of you paying to go? To some, yes…but these short-term […]

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We Witness Walking Miracles

Life in Haiti is different, which in no way means that their way of life is wrong because they are not like us. I’ve learned very quickly that our western ways are not the grace of everything. Our western society demands that problems be solved, questions be answered, and interventions be prompt and successful, but […]

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A Small Example of Great Impact

On the first day of clinic we saw this little boy with an abscess below his left eye. The swelling was obstructing his vision and the entire area was very tender to touch. A large amount of pus was easily expressed. We gave an intramuscular injection of Rocephin and started oral Keflex. The boy returned today to evaluate his […]

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A Smile Can Bridge Two Worlds

Since being in Haiti, I have learned the value of a short “bonjou” or a squeeze of the hand.  Yes, we (Americans and Haitians) may not speak the same language, but I have learned there are other ways to communicate and more importantly to show love. Expressions of love can come in the simplest of forms. […]

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Haiti Has Reminded Me of the Power of Touch

I have been hard-wired as a nursing student to glove up and scrub up every time I dare set foot into a patient’s room that I forgot how much power there was in human touchfree of latex and hand sanitizer. Our goal as a clinic is to serve as many people as we can but our […]

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A Ripple Effect for So Many . . .

Sometimes in life there are those moments that change the course of your own intended destination.   It’s the moment when gears shift and there is a dawning deep within you that there is more that you could be about. As this is my second experience with FOTCOH I realize that this team serving those of Haiti […]

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The Road to FOTCOH

The road to the clinic is long, seemingly endless. Countless turns and twists. However the process of adjusting is much, much longer. It is so different in Haiti, as compared to the US where you’re never more than a few steps from a new idea or experience. Water and garbage run freely through the streets, and disease […]

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And it was only my first day . . .

“You gotta make sure and drink plenty of water”, Steve (a fellow volunteer) said. Very succinct and pertinent advice for anyone being outside all day in Haiti. I walked anxiously back and forth on the first floor of our clinic, not knowing what to expect. I  wondered if Steve could tell that I was nervous as hell. […]

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First Impressions

Our team of 14 includes 4 new volunteers. The remaining 10 have varying number of trips with FOTCOH, ranging from 2 to 32 times, but I am sure we can all remember our first. We landed in Haiti around 8am on Sunday and began our almost 3hr drive to clinic shortly after. One could make judgements about […]

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