Preparing for Haiti

I’ve just returned from a week in Honduras doing medical clinics. It was my 31st trip (but who’s counting). It is  a poor country yet of course it is no where near the poverty of Haiti. Poverty to me is the absence of control over one’s life, primarily, then the absence of money to buy food and shelter.  Tuesday the 31st of July I leave with my team from Christ Community Church for my 8th Haiti trip, i was there last in November, 2011. I have hope for Haiti after that trip because i see changes, Canaan is a  new city, 300,000 strong, a 30 minute tap tap ride from Port au Prince. No infrastructure but great breeze, no pollution, quiet, apparently less crime and water trucked in every day. One can buy land there, allegedly $250 for a 1/4 acre and gardens are growing there!!

so i’m spiritually prepared and about to start packing. next blog when i get back!!

Dr. Greg Gelburd

 

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  1. three weeks ago Vwazen Nou hosted a trip for medical clinics and search for new ideas for helping. We had a great group, two medical students, Laura Parente from UVa and Joe Fields-Johnson from VCOM, Stephen Campbell who has worked with water projects in Tanzania and educational projects in Central America, Lauren McCraven, our fearless leader, Linda Dimeo, who came with much experience in Haiti, fluent French and a good heart, Patty Pribus who runs country store in C’ville and has been several times before, and Sarah Pribus, RN. Our other half of the team was a church sponsored group we know and love, from Riverside Church near Orange, Va. Our new ideas include a second feeding program in LaRouse, several wells and a sustainable garden in LaRouse. Lastly, Stephen met with Soil Haiti, a group who sells and maintains compost toilets and then sells the compost back to the community at a nominal fee. So we have lots of vision this coming year, we do have to raise some money soon and put more feet on the ground. Pray that we find local Haitians to embrace these projects as their own and thereby sustain them in the years to come. Oh, and we saw more than 300 people in clinics including nearly 200 children, checked for anemia in 150 of them and found sadly many cases of serious anemia. Hopefully our iron, vitamins and occassional money for food and a new feeding program will help eliminate this very treatable malady.
    Dr. Greg Gelburd

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