Thank you ever so much for all your support in our May campaign. I am delighted to report that a last minute donation pushed us over the edge, and we were able to meet our goal of $50,000! This campaign was vital for us, as Covid cases are soaring, and the economic fall out from this second wave is immense. Our costs have more than doubled in some cases, so literally every penny counts.
Your generous support will go towards personal protective equipment and vital drugs and equipment, provide supplies for the incoming midwifery class, as well as pay our outstanding staff, who take care of so many women in the Central Plateau and beyond.
It is a difficult time in Haiti; as much of the rest of the world is beginning to open up, Haiti is truly suffering. Ste Therese is now accepting overflow Covid patients from Mirebalais, and even as far away as Port Au Prince. The Haitian health care system is being overwhelmed, antiviral treatment such as Remdesevir are non-existent, and there is very little oxygen to be had in the country.
Additionally, according to the Miami Herald, “Gang violence is hindering oxygen deliveries. On Monday, attacks on businesses in the capital disrupted traffic along the main road to the airport as well as oxygen production for most of the day at a nearby production plant in the Cité Soleil slum” (June 16, 2021). The violence and civil unrest in Port Au Prince is starting to creep beyond the city’s borders, and we are keeping a close watch on the situation.
However, even in the midst of anguish and sorrow hope flickers, and it is because of the support of our donors that we can nurture this little flame. We had two sets of triplets born at Ste Therese in the past several weeks, and mothers and babies are doing well. The tetanus vaccination program at Fom Brun continues to roll along, providing lifesaving protection against this horrible disease.
And, our students continue to excel as they finish their Integration phase, the last step before their final examinations. Their minds and hearts have been challenged, while their creativity and resourcefulness have blossomed. They are truly ready to take their place amongst the worldwide community of midwives, and we welcome them with open arms and open hearts.
None of this would be possible without your generosity and your love. This is a particularly challenging time for our organization, but I have no doubt we will be able to weather this storm. Thank you for being a part of our family, and helping us in this most valuable work!
Midwives for Hait