Back to School in Haiti

October 15th, 2016 Posted by AFF Team
“People often ask, why go to Haiti? What can change? I ask you to look into the eyes of anyone of these children from Cite Soleil and ask them. Has school changed you? Has having food daily at school changed you? Does hope for tomorrow change you?
We will meet the new class of this year in a week! Those eyes are why this school enters its 6th year and we keep going to Haiti.”
– Jeff Clark

New school uniformsA team from AFF has been assembled for a “back to school” visit to Haiti in late October.  During the trip, we’ll visit the three main American Friendship Foundation projects in Haiti, assess the impact of Hurricane Matthew at each site, make some visits to our other local partners. Our three core projects in Haiti are:

  • J Nissi School
  • Ororaedh Orphanage
  • Canaan Medical Clinic

Many of you who read this blog post have visited these sites with a past team. We are looking forward to capturing photos, video, and interviews with our Haitian project directors and sharing them with you upon our return so you always remember that connection you created. You are a part of the story!

As always, donations are appreciated to support these projects and 100% of your gift goes directly towards supporting these worthwhile projects.

Below you can read a more detailed overview on the project sites we’ll visit.

J Nissi School

Ready for SchoolStarted in 2011, the J Nissi School serves kids in Cite Soleil, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western Hemisphere.  Over the past five years, we have partnered with our school administrator Jean Philippe to build a a safe place within the community for our students where they get a good meal every day and the education required to break the chain of poverty.

During our October visit, the team is going to distribute brand new school uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies direct to our students. For those of you who have visited the school, you know what a fun day this is for the kids!

We are also hoping to have a meeting with the parents of the students, to take the teachers out to dinner, and to take the kids for an offsite field trip.

Canaan Medical Clinic

Medical Clinic Expanding in HaitiWe are also very excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Edouard Bordes on this upcoming trip.  Dr. Bordes runs the clinic in Canaan, which is a city that sprung up as a refuge for victims of the 2010 earthquake.  His clinic serves a community of 200,000 Haitians and is an essential service in this remote area outside of Port-au-Prince.

While visiting, we’ll have the opportunity to see the operating room that is under construction at the clinic. This new OR is intended to serve as a birthing center for the women in Canaan. Dr. Bordes pours his heart into his work and we look forward to discussing his future plans for the clinic and how we can support his efforts.

Ororaedh Orphanage

Orphanage and School in HaitiWe continue to support Pastor Silar Déluc and his wife in their superhuman efforts to house, feed, and educate 65 kids under one roof at the Ororaedh Orphange near Port au Prince.

During this trip, we’ll have the opportunity to visit Pastor Silar and his extended family, see how the school is developing, and thank him for his faithful service.

Food Deliveries After Hurricane Matthew

October 6th, 2016 Posted by AFF Team

AFF was able to make our first food deliveries to the orphanage and the J Nissi School in Cite Soleil just two days after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti.

Jackson, our man on the ground in Haiti, was able to make his way around Port-au-Prince to deliver these much needed supplies.  Here is a picture that he sent us today!

Haiti Food Delivery

The American Friendship Foundation is eager to join in the recovery efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. One of the beautiful things about being a nimble non-profit organization is that we can mobilize quickly and make things happen thousands of miles away.  The food will continue to be delivered as the communities around Port-au-Prince regain their footing.

In three weeks, AFF will have a team of people on the ground to assess our project sites, provide any assistance needed, and bring back stories to share with all of our supporters here in the U.S. and Canada.

Haiti Ap Dekole!

Hurricane Matthew Update from Haiti – Initial Impact

October 4th, 2016 Posted by AFF Team

We were fortunate today to hear some updates on how people around Port-au-Prince are doing in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  The reports came from Jackson, our man on the ground in Haiti who handles food deliveries and other special assignments at to our projects. Our thanks go out to Jackson and Hubermann Alcean (here in Washington) for sharing this news with us.

Here is a summary of what we know as of the evening of October 4th.

  • During the night, it was very windy, but there wasn’t too much rainfall. Jackson headed to his Aunt’s house for safety because the wind was so intense.
  • In the morning (October 4th), the rain began to fall. There is a lot of water on the streets, but he hasn’t witnessed any major flooding. The word on the street is that things are much worse in areas like Les Cayes and Jérémie.
  • All of Pastor Silar’s kids (60+ of them!) are safe at the Ororaedh Orphanage. There is still plenty of water and wind in the area and he has asked for our prayers.
  • Jean Philippe with J Nissi School in Cité Soleil reports that he and his students are safe. There was damage to the roof of the school, power lines are down around the city, and the streets are flooded. He’ll send us more information as soon as he can.
  • Dr. Bordes and Saul at the Canaan medical clinic report that the community and clinic are faring well so far. Canaan sits on the outskirts of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude that all of our contacts in Haiti are safe and accounted for.  We will continue monitoring the situation and sending out updates as they arrive.

Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti

October 3rd, 2016 Posted by AFF Team

We were deeply saddened to learn that on Tuesday, October 4th, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The hurricane is a category 4 storm that is expected to deliver 140 mph winds and massive amounts of rainfall.

As we get updates from our local project leaders we will post them to https://www.facebook.com/affhopehaiti/ and send them out to people on our AFF Email List.  We are anxious to learn about the condition of our current projects and to line up whatever help is needed.

Canaan, HaitiIf traveled with us to Haiti, you’ve seen the state of the country’s infrastructure first-hand and know that it is not designed to withstand this kind of event.

  • Housing typically consists of cinder blocks, salvaged materials, and tarps. People’s homes and belongings are going to be exposed to the brunt of the winds on Monday night.
  • The storm drain system around Port-au-Prince consists of 3′ deep canals on the sides of some roads. The water is going to have a very difficult time escaping this metropolitan area of 2.6 million people that is shaped like a giant amphitheater.
  • The trees in the surrounding hillsides have been stripped away over the years, which makes the region very susceptible to landslides.
  • And, our J Nissi School resides in Cité Soleil, a city built below sea level on an old marsh at edge of the sea.

It’s hard not to feel helpless as we think about the impact this storm is going to have on Silar, Doctor Bordes, Jean Philippe, and all of our other partners and friends in Haiti.

Thank you for being a part of this story in the days, weeks, and months to come.

Building an Operating Room in Haiti

August 30th, 2016 Posted by AFF Team

We were very excited to receive a letter from Dr. Edouard Bordes this week with a progress report from Canaan, Haiti.

Dr. Bordes manages the Canaan Medical Clinic, one of the key projects supported by the American Friendship Foundation. The clinic an isolated community of approximately 200,000 residents that were moved to the area following the massive earthquake in 2010. The clinic has been working to build out a new Operating Room to help handle the increase baby deliveries, C-sections, and other much needed medical care. The AFF and other organizations helped to deliver a round of funding for the clinic in June that is bringing that vision closer and closer to being a reality.

In the update from Dr. Bordes, we learned that workers spent the past several weeks installing plumbing and wiring the new facility for electricity. This work is in preparation for laying the concrete and ceramic tile in the Operating Room. Here are some pictures of the project direct from Dr. Bordes:

  • Installing the sink basin.
  • Cement work in the new OR.
  • A view from outside the clinic.
  • Plumbing installation for the operating room.
  • Dr. Bordes showing the new ceramic tiles.

 

The next phase of the project is to purchase the sand and cement that will be used to along with the ceramic.

If you would like to donate to this medical clinic in Canaan. Dr. Bordes is working tirelessly to see as many patients as possible, manage the clinic, and oversee construction of this new operating room.  We trust him and know that he is a good steward of the resources you are able to share.

Thank you for being on this journey with us as we support this new operating room for the community of Canaan in Haiti.