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"Piti piti, sazo fe nich li"
Little by little the bird builds its nest
August 31 Update Earthquake in Haiti
The death toll from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake has been set at more than 2,200 people, with more than 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Staff from many humanitarian groups, such as Doctors Without Borders and Team Rubicon, are helping triage and treat patients. They are seeing more than 100 patients a day. Doctors and Nurses from Hopital Albert Schweitzer have also flown into the hardest-hit areas by helicopter.
But humanitarian groups have a mixed reputation in Haiti. Their expertise, supplies, and staff are badly needed. Still, they are dogged by criticism that they parachuted in and pushed aside Haitians during previous disaster responses — especially the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
"I think the field of humanitarian response has learned a lot from the 2010 earthquake and tried to change a result," said Dr. Morgan Broccoli, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who flew to Haiti to participate in the response with Team Rubicon. "It was important for us to be directly invited into a hospital by the leadership and to work in close collaboration with the Haitian doctors and nurses."
Assistance will be needed for years to come.
Earthquake in Haiti
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake violently shook Haiti on Saturday August 14th, morning, a devastating blow to the impoverished country reeling from a presidential assassination last month and still recovering from a disastrous quake more than 11 years ago.
The quake overwhelmed hospitals, flattened buildings and trapped people under rubble in at least two cities in the western part of the country’s southern peninsula. At least 304 people were killed and more than 1,800 injured.
Now more than ever Haiti will need a strong Rehabilitation workforce, both OTs and PTs to work with the many injured survivors.
Luckily our students, their families and our former rehabilitation students all appear to be well and safe. Hopital Albert Schweitzer is open and ready to assist those needing services. Once again HAS and Deschappelles have been spared damage from the earthquake.
Healthcare services in Haiti are sorely lacking with a severe shortage of rehabilitation professionals especially in the rural areas. A group of physical therapists who have volunteered for several years, teaching a Rehabilitation Technician training program and providing therapy services in Haiti established Sustainable Therapy Haiti in 2010. After successfully graduating several classes of technicians at Hopital Albert Schweitzer, in Dechappelles, some of our graduates expressed their desire to continue their education.
Our experiences exposed the great need for expanded rehabilitation services in order for individuals to return to productive work to support families. We strongly embrace the concept that a Haitian workforce is essential for a sense of dignity and independence for the Haitian people. Freedom for dependence on outside visiting therapists is essential. We are encouraged that the Haitian Physiotherapy Association, the professional physical therapist organization has developed and been accepted into the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.
The mission of Sustainable Therapy Haiti is to educate and financially support Haitian physical and occupational therapy students, increasing the number of Haitian rehabilitation professionals in the country. Ameroline Belizare, our first student has graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catholica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), a physical therapy program in the Dominican Republic and is working in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti. Currently there are three students attending school, two in the PUCMM physical therapy program and one enrolled in occupational therapy, at the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. These are dedicated young people, leaving home and family, attending school in Spanish, rather than their native French or Kreyol. Their goals are to better themselves, assist their families and their communities back in Haiti.
All of the students supported by Sustainable Therapy are from the Artibonitte Valley in north central Haiti. This is the most fertile area in Haiti, a primary source of food production for the country, where a majority of the population are farmers. Ameroline, Frantzo and Ednidge all completed the Rehabilitation Technician Training Program at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer and then worked in the Physical Therapy department. Currently, our students attend university programs in the Dominican Republic where the programs are well established.
Physical Therapy Student at Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra - Expected Graduation 2022. As rehab techinician at HAS, Ednidge would always have a great smile, and was outstanding at motivating patients.
Physical Therapy Student at Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra - Expected Graduation 2022. Frantzo is a “family man” and is always seeking ways to help others.
Occupational Therapy Student at Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo - Expected Graduation 2022. Julie is a very mature student and is finding her way in the Occupational Therapy Program.
Physical Therapy Graduate (2016) of Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, was our “pioneer”. She helped pave the way for our current students. After graduation she worked in a PT Practice in Port a Prince. Returning home to Deschappelles, as a new mom, she is starting an outpatient clinic.
EDNIDGE PIERRE VAMEUS
Ednidge is a third year physical therapy student. She is married and very active in her church. Before attending physical therapy school, she worked as a rehabilitation technician at Hopital Albert Schweitzer.
A video message from Frantzo and Ednidge
Beginning in 2012 we have held our Fall Fundraiser at Joe’s Café (thank you Bill Christman!). A wonderful evening, tasting Haitian food, learning about our mission, shopping at the Marche’ , a silent auction and enjoying music in the garden. The Marche’(market) and silent auction provided a variety of Haitian folk art and crafts. For the last three years, the food has been catered by Chef Myriame Robinson of the Manjé Kreyol Grill, a native Haitian living here in St. Louis. Supporters raved about her “jon-jon rice” and other delicacies,
and listened intently to her stories about the needs of her fellow Haitians.
Last year we were excited to be featured in the Ladue News! In addition to the Board,
the event was assisted by volunteers from family members,
and students from the Maryville University PT Program.
The Fall Gala has been our major fundraiser to support our students. This year with the COVID-19 pandemic canceling our event we facing an emergency of not being able to continue supporting our students. We need your help today.
CHEF MYRAIME TALKS ABOUT HAITI HER COUNTRY
We were honored to hear from Chef Myraime at our 2018 Fundraiser.
Annie and the Fur Trappers
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Left to Right
Chuck Gulas, PT
Denise English, PT
Mary Christman, PT & Board President
Kelly Nowacki, PTA