Haiti

Haiti is a Creole-French speaking Caribbean country roughly 250 miles from the US Coast and is the third largest country in the Caribbean. Haiti occupies the western third of the Island of Hispaniola, which is also home to the Dominican Republic.

Haiti is the poorest and one of the least developed, least stable countries in the Western Hemisphere. Over 80% of the population lives on 1 US dollar per person per day, and only 10% enjoy full employment (since the earthquake in January 2010). The population of Haiti was estimated at 8.9 million in 2008. Port-au-Prince (the city served by PHH teams) has roughly 3 million residents, most of who live in dire poverty. More than one million are now homeless, many living in crime-ridden and unsanitary tent cities, with little access to clean water or enough food.

Diseases such as malaria, dysentery, and tuberculosis are very common, and now the island is also fighting a cholera epidemic. Healthcare is non-existent and infectious diseases as well as chronic conditions abound. The people of Haiti have been dominated by colonial powers or oppressed with poverty for 300 years. High levels of corruption in government and the role of foreign powers in the country since colonization 300 years ago have led to a continued suppression of the people and lack of good infrastructure.

Project Helping Hands first sent medical teams to Haiti following the earthquake in January of 2010 and sent four teams that year. Now we send multiple teams there annually. We are there to serve the Haitian people and empower them to regain their health, strength, and spirit!

Current Teams

06/21/2014
  THEY STILL NEED OUR HELP! Team members will fly to Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti. The team will then be transported via trucks/vans to the secure and comfortable  Eucalyptus Guest House...

Photos

The first PHH team to Haiti packed in the car like sardines.
Living under tarps.
Haitians in line for the health clinic.
Author Lesa Beth Titus, RN, on the right with fellow RNs Tory and Michele
Providing care for a new born baby.
People with lost limbs were not an uncommon sight following the earthquake.
Another caregiver holding an orphaned child.
A nurse holds a sleeping orphan girl.
New glasses!
Tent houses.
Home is a car.
People waiting in line to be seen in our clinic.
These Haitian Boys loved having their picture taken.
One of millions of buildings flattened by the earthquake.
Dr. Marty Schmidt examines an infected arm.
Team members entering a tent village to set up a clinic.
This girl not only lost her leg but was orphaned in the earthquake.
Team member James Schwartz gives sandwiches to hungry orphans.
Beautiful big-eyed girl.
Chickens are a common site around Haiti.
Tap Taps like this one are a common site in Haiti.
One angry little boy!
Haitians use what they have creatively.
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