Now, more than two years after the life-altering earthquake struck Haiti, HHI's Director of Haiti Operations, Harry Hames continues to work for the people of that nation. Thanks to the continuing generosity of our supporters, Healing Hands has been able to establish many on-going relationships with churches, hospitals, schools, orphanages...and even now, the First Lady of Haiti, Michelle Marteley.
This week Harry traveled to the Sodeth Hospital at Santo 25 with a team of three nurses and a dietician. They were able to tour the recently
remodeled facility and also visit and pray with many of the patients while they were there. Healing Hands has developed a wonderful relationship with Steve Flatt and National Health Care and together we have worked to provide this hospital with beds for their patients. They also met with the Medical Director and formulated a plan for the students at the Delmas 28 church's nursing school to start performing clinicals at the hospital. This will help to provide the nursing students with more hands-on training which before was only available when a medical mission team from the United States visited.
Our relationship with the nursing school began not long after the disaster, when Harry learned of the collapse of the school and the death of all 31 students and instructors inside. Since that time HHI has worked to provide the school with textbooks, equipment and supplies. We have also supported teams of nurses as they travel to Haiti to teach and work alongside the students. On this trip, Anna Johnson, Dietician, Crystal Taylor, R.N., Jenny Scheibe, R.N., and Kim Johnson, R.N. taught the students Nutrition, CPR, Obstetrics, and Dermatology. All 122 students were eager and excited to learn from the American nurses. We were also able to provide the nursing instructor with a French pharmacology book and a French medical dictionary to enable her to better teach her students.
We continue to be excited at the wonderful opportunity God has provided us by bringing Dr. Bobbie Solley to our staff. Her extensive experience in teaching and training teachers will be a considerable asset and blessing to the children of Haiti. As word is spreading about our new education program, more and more people are wanting to become involved. A team from Freed-Hardeman University was recently visiting Haiti and after learning of our new education program they are returning home to make plans to get involved. Estes church has plans for building 10 schools over the next few years and they are excited to be able to have their teachers trained by HHI.
We have also heard from Lipscomb University about their plans to remodel Elam Hall and send the current bunk beds to Healing Hands for distribution. Just days after being notified of this, Harry visited the Lillavois Orphanage HHI helped to rebuild and was notified of the need for 20 beds. Harry stated, "God answered my prayer before I even asked!" Now we are being offered dressers, desks and chairs, as well. There is so much need in this country but God continues to bless this work and these people. The attendance at the local churches prove the people have noticed too as their numbers swell to new heights!
Harry was also excited to report that the concrete foundation has been completed for the new church at Lillavois 40. Construction on the new building is set to begin June 16 with a group of men from Alabama being led by Joe Holley. We praise God for his continual blessings and healing of the Haitian people. Without Him, none of this would be possible!