First, I would like to thank all of you who have reached out to MFH, asking about our staff and patients in light of the shocking assassination of the Haitian president, Jovenel Moise. It has been an incredibly stressful time for all of us, and the entire country, and we so appreciate your good thoughts and concerns.
As Covid continues to take its toll, violence is erupting all over Haiti, disrupting all travel; it is simply too unsafe to be on most of the roads. We are also experiencing unprecedented shortages of medications, fuel, food, and other life sustaining supplies. We are being forced to pay black market prices for many of our purchases, when we can get things at all. While Haiti is always a difficult place to live and work, politics, Covid, and the economy have combined into a perfect storm. Many more lives will be lost before this is over.
We are trying our best to move forward in our work. The students are finishing up their final days of Integration, and we expect Class 11 to graduate on time. However, the next class may be delayed as many prospective students could not attend the entrance exam due to the threats of violence and kidnapping. We are attempting to hold a second round of examinations, but it is impossible to see more than a few hours into the future, let alone days.
These are truly dark times, but of course, the babies keep coming. Ste. Therese Hospital and our community clinics are bursting at the seams. Last week our team at the Las Polis clinic saw 63 women! Our midwives were run off their feet, and even had to recruit Judenel, our driver, to help!
We know you care about women and babies in Haiti as much as we do. Donations can be made online at www.midwivesforhaiti.org/donate, or through our Facebook page Midwives for Haiti | Facebook. Checks can be mailed to 7130 Glen Forest Dr., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23226. When things look the worst, that is when you, our MFH family, are at your best.
If the saying “Where there’s life, there’s hope” is true, then Haiti must be the most propitious place on Earth. New life, new mothers, new families…even with all the chaos, there is always hope. We will never stop fighting for families in Haiti, no matter the obstacles. Thank you for joining us in this struggle.
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Haiti is going through some tough times right now, but the babies keep coming. Our community clinic at Los Polis was helping 63 women received valuable education around childbirth! Three midwives were barely enough to keep up with the so many mothers; we even had to recruit our intrepid driver Judenel to help!
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