The city of Canaan is the fastest growing community in Haiti. The Haitian government moved people here from Port-au-Prince after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This community is set on a barren hillside lacking water, tillable land, and lacking any infrastructure.
AFF has partnered with Dr. Bordes to provide a labor and delivery clinic to support this community of over 200,000 people.
Meet Dr. Bordes
Dr. Edouard Bordes is a Haitian OB/GYN who has served the community of Canaan since 2010. Dr. Bordes, along with the help of AFF and others, has built a medical clinic to address the health needs of the community and a labor/delivery room to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Canaan, Haiti.
His leadership and perseverance is an outstanding example of how Haitians are taking a leadership role in developing their communities.
A women is 17 times more likely to die in childbirth in Haiti versus the United States.
AFF has been working with Dr. Bordes since 2012 in his efforts to provide a safe place for woman to receive prenatal, birthing, and postnatal care in the Canaan community. The Clinique Communautaire Jesu Le Vrai Chemin is fortunate to have Dr. Bordes along with a pediatrician and family practice physician working part-time.
One of our favorite projects involved a vision Dr. Bordes had to “never turn the lights off” at the clinic. AFF was able to garner the resources to provide both solar and generator produced electricity for the labor delivery room and his general clinic.
Where we’re going next is to help the clinic expand its services to include minor surgeries and C-sections. We are also excited to be helping with the continued education of the clinic’s staff.
The community of Canaan continues to grow, and Dr. Bordes vision is now to build out an expanded full delivery room for the clinic.
AFF is actively partnering with Dr. Bordes to raise the $60,000 needed to complete the construction, enhance the medical equipment in the facility, build a security fence for the safety of the doctors working through the night, and to pay for staffing costs.
Volunteer in Haiti
AFF doesn’t just fund projects! We take several trips a year to visit our partnered projects in Haiti and support them with skilled medical volunteers, supplies, and training.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals interested in joining us for a trip to Haiti someday can email firstname.lastname@example.org.