The Reality of Medical Care in Haiti

We are 3 days into a 2-week medical mission trip in Haiti, near Jacmel, where a 2-week clinic is held 6 times per year. I saw a very sick 6-month-old baby today. The mother had no idea how sick this child was. Most likely this small Haitian patient probably had bronchiolitis – resp rate of […]

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You Can Help in Haiti

I am on my 10th trip to Haiti with FOTCOH and am co-leader of this team. I started coming in November of 2010. I still to this day cannot get over the level of poverty in this country. Driving through Port-au-Prince to make our way over the mountains I look at the piles of trash […]

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Incredible Beauty in Haiti

In Haiti it is easy to focus on the difficulties and disease that you see, smell and hear from the moment you arrive. BUT . . . there is incredible beauty here.  The mountains and ocean are breathtaking. Interestingly, I am not convinced that we are truly any happier here in the U.S. with all […]

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A Hectic Day at the Clinic

Today felt more like an emergency department. We saw some serious conditions. One of my early patients of the day had walked a long way on a bad diabetic foot. She had a toe amputated about two weeks ago but the foot was bleeding and very painful. After treatment, she walked home. It is difficult to […]

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A First-time Volunteer Story

This is my first trip to Haiti. Just getting here was a test of my commitment and endurance. The September team was to leave for Haiti on September 9th. However, Irma got in our way. She shut down the Miami airport and we were unable to leave the US for Haiti. We made another attempt […]

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Forming Lifelong Bonds

Out to crowd, make selections, see and treat. This is the cycle of the clinic day. Most of us start the morning going to the 3rd floor balcony watching the sun rise over this beautiful creation from God. The sun always looks like it is right behind the mountains until you look behind you and […]

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Evidence of Our Love

“You can give without loving, but can not love without giving.”–Robert Lewis Stevenson What does that mean? John 3:16 states, “For God so LOVED the world that he GAVE his only son.” Those that decide to come to Haiti to work at clinic usually all are moved by some passion or desire to genuinely help […]

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Looking Forward to the Week

Today was day one of our trip at the Friends of the Children of Haiti Clinic.  Seven out of the 13 of us were newbies. Fortunately, we have great leaders in Jenna and Chrissy helping show the ropes.  Clearly, the clinic is well known in the neighborhood – people were lined up to be seen starting […]

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It’s Easy to Love a Child

It’s easy to love a child. They are vulnerable. They’re small, often helpless, and totally depend on others for survival. It’s written in our DNA to help and love children. This instinct transcends time, place and culture. It’s easy to love the children of Haiti. Each day here at FOTCOH, I see many children–some doing […]

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Maria’s First Clinic

Today is my second day in Haiti. I’m a first timer here so it is very nice to see how many people have been committed to this medical mission for so long. I have done medical missions before but this is my first time volunteering at a place that has continuity. As someone who wants […]

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