Archive for the ‘Haiti’ Category
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Linda-Hard to believe I am back in Port-au-Prince for the fourth time since the big earthquake in January of 2010. I am grateful to be part of a Rose Charities sustainable project to facilitate a neonatal resuscitation course, as previously requested by many health care professionals in Haiti. On my trip last year I saw firsthand the need for neonatal support, as 5 babies died on my unit in a week at the hospital. Even though the care there was excellent, financial resources are limited, and the staff can benefit from supportive education, equipment and facilitation of resources. Rose Charities is building upon several other trips of surveying Haitian doctors and nurses, networking and teaching certification classes to now offer another day of certifying several trainers, and two full days of teaching a standardized neonatal resuscitation course to approximately 70 nurses and doctors from various hospitals in Haiti to improve care for infants and neonates in Haiti. I am thrilled to have my 15 year old son Andrew with me filming a documentary about this project, and he is very excited to be here (it is great he speaks French!). My heart was warm as we flew in today, and I was pleased to see that the airport has been completely renovated since I was here last April, further evidence that positive change is possible and it is real.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
Andrew - Today was “preparation day” for the big week ahead. I have to say it feels weird staying in an almost resort-looking type of place, when there’s so much else outside these gates that I am blind to. I was expecting to arrive at a dirt airport, then drive over to some small house to sleep on the floors. As per usual in life, nothing is as expected. First of all the airport had a baggage system similar to ours with air-conditioned rooms and even a duty-free store, and considering I was expecting rubble, this was a huge difference. My mom said there have been huge renovations since she was here last, which seems like a good thing. Living in this… Resort/Hotel/Lodge… When there is so much poverty outside, feels wrong. I would feel so much better if I wasn’t so secluded from everyone, I wish I could live with the people rather than safely here. I have to say today was very relaxing though, it gave me a chance to rest from travel before the interviews ahead. I am so relieved to finally be able to stay in this beautiful country of Haiti, however even here, I am still facing first world problems and sometimes don’t realize that I am making them. Things like ” no wifi ” and ” uncharged electronics” really make me feel bad when I see people who have hardly anything living in tiny tents and sheds. I am excited for the week ahead and can’t wait to see and explore more of this amazing country.
Wed, March 13, 2013
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013-Lespwa
KIDS MAKING A DIFFERENCE -Andrew Warner, aged 15, will be travelling to Port Au Prince with his mom (one of Rose Haiti Project organizers and a pediatric nurse) in March 2013 to film a documentary on sustainable giving from a teenager’s perspective. The project he will be filming involves the neonatal resuscitation course Rose Charities supports for health care workers in Haiti. Andrew speaks French and has always been interested in humanitarian work, and produced a homelessness documentary when he was 12 years old. He has been working as a tutor and madly fundraising to support this trip, from craft fairs to games nights, to slam poetry/music night fundraisers. Attached is the link for a humanitarian poem he wrote that recently won him First Place at a Youth Poetry Slam contest. If you would like to donate, please click on the Haiti project to direct your funds to this project. http://youtu.be/WG1N1JEzBbM
Sri Lanka: Young Women’s Clubs – 8 villages, Girls sports programs , Women’s University Scholarship Program, Women’s Livelihood Groups (Women’s Support and Women’s Vocational Training. www.rosesrilanka.info
Pakistan: Frontier Primary Health Care support of Traditional Birth Attendant training program www.hmef.info
Cambodia: ‘Access for All’ program for disabled womens education, support and vocational training http://rosecambodia.org
Afghanistan: Tabish-Rose Charities Training Women’s Health and Computer training program’s www.hmef.info
Guatemala: Safe Motherhood women’s birth attendant and women’s health programs www.safemotherhoodproject.org
Zambia: Womens income generation programs http://malambograssroots.ca
Haiti: Women’s neonatal nursing training www.rosehaiti.info
|World Birth aid pack
saves countless lives
We also wish to laud the women’s programs Rose has been privileged to have supported, partnered or planned with, in the past (and perhaps the future too!) including the Lumbini Program for training of Women Village Eye Screeners www.lei.org.np and the remarkable ‘WBDI’ Organization in Samoa, www.womeninbusiness.ws the One in Three Women Organization (Seattle) www.oneinthreewomen.com and World Birth Aid (Seattle) www.worldbirthaid.org
|Haiti Cholera Relief 2010.
Dr Amy Osborne
The organizers of Rose Charities also pay tribute and gratitude to the professional women volunteers (nurses, physicians, counselors, logisticians etc) who have contributed over 50% of involvement, organization and sustainability of emergency relief and ‘post-relief’ operations Rose Charities and close partners AMDA have played over the years. Their magnificent work has helped tens of thousands of victims in many parts of the globe.
|Hurricane Katrina 2005
On Jan 5 2012, the first graduation ceremony, since the earthquake, took place at the State University School of Nursing in Port-aux-Prince Haiti.
As each graduating student stood up to receive her award she honored five of her class mates who had lost their lives when the school collapsed.
Over 200 students were killed that day and the school completely destroyed. Just weeks later, in an act of extraordinary courage and perseverance, the surviving students and staff reopened the school in tents and carried on as best they could.
The graduation ceremony was a moving tribute that all the students, staff and dignataries from the Ministry of Health felt honoured to make. The loss of so many young women and health professionals in a country that needs them desperately, was felt by all. Rose Charities was mentioned by Mme Nazaire in her gratitude to all who helped them over the last years.
Rose Charities was able to assist by organizing counseling for the surviving nurses, sending new textbooks, teaching maniquinnsand a container of equipment for the teaching lab.
We would like to honor the dedication of the staff and students and wish them well in their future careers
Haiti for me was an emotional rollercoaster. A land of despair, poverty, mayhem but also a land of hope, optimism and pride. These last 3 sentiments are what stick with me as I reflect on my experience. After all, it is the people that leave an impact on you.
Maud C. Duvilaire
Nursing Advisor EINDPS/MSPP
|The ‘BC Place’ Sadium formed an
impressive backdrop to the meetin
The 2nd Rose Charities Canada Project Presentation Forum held at the Creekside ‘Olympic Village’ Community Centre in Vancouver attracted around 80 persons and represented a spectrum from those with close Rose involvment to those just curious to know more about Rose projects. Food was ‘pot-luck’ which resulted in a groaning table of delicious food and an drinks were available at a small donation bar.
Topics demonstrated the wide range of Rose Charities Canada involvment areas, both geographical as well as sectorial. Sadly, time, and the quantity of projects permitted only short 5 minute presentations, but this tight schedule also allowed a mid period for refreshments and all-important networking .
|Rachel Greene (Rose Charities NY)
presents on Social Networking
Special guests were Rachel Greene and Clare Seekins of Rose Charities USA, who presented the work of Rose Charities NY with their digital art program for reservation youth in Idaho, as well as a talk on social media.
The evening was deemed interesing and enjoyable by all.
Presentations consisted of ..
- Rose Charities Canada Admin (Maggie Francis, Josephine de Freitas) http://rosecharities.ca
- Rose Charities USA project (Idaho First Nation Youth Project) and Social Networking (Rachel Greene, Clare Seekins – both Rose Charities USA) http://rosecharities.us
- Mayan Project (Education) (Dr Ellen Coburn) http://www.mayanproject.org
- Safe Motherhood Guatamala (Annette Borkent) http://www.safemotherhoodproject.org
- Malambo Grassroots (Jocelyn Banyard) http://malambograssroots.ca
- Rose Charities in Haiti (Linda Warner) http://rosehaiti.info
- Brighter Smiles Uganda (Drea Burbank) http://africanhearts.ca
- Rose Charities Vietnam (Louis Lap Nguyen) http://www.rosevietnam.org
- Education Generation (Mila Lukic ) http://www.educationgeneration.org
- Rose Charities Cambodia (Dr Will Grut) http://rosecambodia.org
- Volset Uganda (Roger Huyghe)
- Stand Tall Education Uganda (Nicole Schouela) http://www.standtalleducation.org
- Hands up for Africa Kenya (Colin Harivel) http://www.handsupforafrica.org
- Rose Madagascar (Dr Emma Noble/Luke King) http://rosemadagascar.squarespace.com