Haiti nursing experience - page 3

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  1. by   oncnursemsn
    ((HolisticDream))) Thank you for such a powerful posting- and an update on Sr. Martha. I'm sorry she's leaving but can understand and am glad that the administrative staff are Haitian. That's truly the goal- help them to help themselves, not just a handout.
    I hear a lot about the "need" in this country, but that's what struck me- we have soup kitchens, food stamps, even just begging as the passers by usually have something to give. In Haiti, they have NOTHING. I watched the children at the Sunday mass, dressed in bows and spotless dresses- no pants or jeans here... and their hands were empty. No juice boxes, toys, trinkets, iPods, cell phones etc. Take a look at almost any American child, and they have a bag of toys, electronics, etc.
    We stopped and watched the children at Hopitol Sacre Coure waiting to be seen at the pedi clinic, and they had made a car out of a stick and some bottle caps. wow. At least 4 of them playing/sharing this toy they had made. Our kids here would be screaming and fighting over a toy.
    I wish that every teenager had the opportunity to spend 1 week in Haiti and experience the poverty and lack of food/water/entertainment. I don't wonder why they have such a powerful relationship to God- there is not much else to distract them.
    Bless you and your husband and I will look up your website.
  2. by   HolisticDream
    I remember one of my first visits, and meeting a five-year-old child who walked 2 hrs each morning to get to school.... and was immensely grateful for the blessing of that opportunity. My own children didn't complain much about school after hearing about that child.

    What so impresses me: very few are looking for a 'free' handout. They just want a hand UP, so they can make their own way.

    BTW...if anyone is ever interested in embroidered Haitian cards, linens, shirts, or paintings.... there is a women's cooperative in Milot that employs over 50 women doing just that: making their own way.
  3. by   oncnursemsn
    Quick note- "Helping Hands for Haiti". Certainly "CRUDEM". We have many non-profit groups here in the US that contribute to the cause of Haiti. Those who want to help merely need to go online. Blessings to all who contribute time and resources.
    Please don't hesitate to contact me if contact info needed.
  4. by   fulawmn
    This is for Butterfly51

    ...yourstatement on "...there are hospitals in places like FL and NY that are very third world, the nurses have to take out the garbage, pack boxes in supply room (personal experience) treated like nothing by management ..."

    Can you please share either the names or locations of theses places... I always interested in places as such..
  5. by   fulawmn
    Hello holisticdreams,
    I'm interestd in traveling to Hati with your group.
    Please contact me.
  6. by   Nursing in Haiti
    I was just wondering if you have any contacts in milot or information about the hospital there. I was there this summer volunteering in an orphanage and am starting nursing school now. I would love to go back and work/volunteer there as a nurse next summer.
  7. by   oncnursemsn
    If you're in Milot, the hospital is Hopital Sacre Coeur and is supported by Crudem. Go to "Crudem.org" website for info re: volunteering. A team put together by Crudem goes down during the "winter" or cooler months and donates a week of service. I'm not sure what you would do, but they'll have a better idea. (Do you know French or even Creole? That was my biggest hurdle!) Good luck!
  8. by   Nursing in Haiti
    Ya i was at that hospital this summer a few times with the kids from the orphanage. Do you know how i could contact them about volunteering there? The website doesnt really have a contact us section at all. I took french in highschool/university a little bit so i picked up a little creole this summer. Would need to do some more classes, but the basics i got this summer.!
  9. by   sethmctenn
    Although it is a bit wealthier, my experience in the Dominican Republic was the same regarding people taking their medicine to a curandera. They would ask her if she should take it. We started telling patients that if they have a curandera, they should take the medicine to her. Tell her these are the reasons we want you to take it. Respecting the wisdom of the native healers and choosing to work with them was very effective at increasing compliance.
    Thanks so much to everyone re: your Haiti posts. I feel really inspiried by your stories. I've been able to go to Belize and the DR. Both were great opportunities.
  10. by   my_inheritance
    I'm from CA, I'm finishing my second semester of nursing pre-reqs. I traveled to Haiti last June, and was also shocked at how much we take for granted, running water, toilets, air conditioning, clean water, clothes, shoes, food. It was an incredible experience to hold a newborn baby and realize how blessed people in America are. My brother is there in Haiti right now, building and teaching sunday school. We both hope to continue going, I eventually as a nurse and him as a missionary pilot. Thank you to the nurses that are already down there!!!