Thursday, January 21, 2010

From my mother-- a way to support Haiti

I have a friend in Haiti. Nicole and I have been in friends for over 50 years. I decided to forward this to you so you could get more info inthe needs down there. Iknow you've all donated to the relief effort, but I you might like to read these letters from Nicole's friends. Keep the prayers going too. Thanks

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From: ""

Subject: Haiti

Hi everybody!

I received this email from my brother Leslie whose wife works for the hospital mentioned below. Donations to this hospital will help continue free services and maintenance of supplies and equipment. For those of you who dont' know, Richie and I were in Haiti at my brother's house during the earthquake. My sister-in-law(Leslie's wife) works at this hospital. Although she is in administration. she did not get home that night until 2AM. She had to keep track of medication and equipment and help in any way she could. She worked long hours the whole time we were there. Please feel free to forward this information to all your email contacts.

Thanks for your help,


> Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:20:40 -0500
> Subject: Fwd: Haiti
> From: leslie stephenson
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 05:42:18 -0800
> From:
> Subject: Haiti
> To:
> Hello to all of you who I know are touched by the disaster in Haiti.
> Below is an email that I received from a family member in Haiti. Josiane is
> the daughter of Dr. Edith Hudicourt who is one of the founders of the
> Hopital de la Communaute.Dr. Hudicourt is Fred's aunt.
> If you know of anyone who would like to send a donation you can assure them
> that the money will used 100% for the needs of the hospital
> Thank you for reading this and if you have any questions I would be happy to
> answer them
> Kind regards,
> Cathryn Osmak Pierre-Louis
> Hi Everyone
> This is an appeal letter. I know that many people read my account of my 12
> hours from the time of the earthquake to the next morning when I felt the
> need to share with friends and family in the US. What I have been doing
> since is not easy to talk about because I have never imagined myself in such
> a situation. As many people know, my mother is the founding member of a
> foundation which runs a hospital near where my family lives. The hospital
> is not free because it doesn’t get enough external funding to sustain it.
> Everyday gasoline powered generators run to keep electricity going and
> there are full-time employees who have to be paid. The night of the
> earthquake, my sister, Brigitte, who is an ophtalmologist spent the whole
> night with the regular hospital employees, receiving patients. When she
> came home to shower and eat the next day at noon, and I decided to go back
> with her to help. Many of the lower level staff had gone home and not come
> back for the day and I found that the most useful thing I could do was pick
> up trash, all kinds of stuff was on the ground inside and out. The doctors
> and volunteers where just attending to the emergencies with very little
> help, and patients where not even being registered. Some hopital staff
> have died in the earthquake and some have lost family members. A young
> female assistant manager was killed with her preschool child..
> Yesterday morning, Brigitte and I had a meeting with our extended family and
> we made a plan to improve services, with or without the hospital’s regular
> staff. We created a trillage system and decided which relative would be at
> the first trillage stop, which would be in charge of supplies for the
> doctors, which would sort donated clothing, which would photograph dead
> bodies, etc.... Even the elderly and children in our extended families who
> were not going to the hospital had jobs of creating tags to be given out at
> the trillage station and making small packets of pain killers to be given
> away. The hospital staff was more present and we all did an enormous amount
> of work with many more volunteers. It no longer feels like hell, it feels
> like there is order and that people are being helped. I spent my morning
> filling out admission forms with patients, new and old. Patients have no
> resources. Banks are not open, people have lost everything, these are not
> ordinary times. We decided tonight that we would do an appeal to friends in
> the US so that we can assure to insure continued operations of this facility
> My aunt Dr. Ginette Diederich has openend a special bank account today in
> Miami:
> Hopital de la Communauté Relief-G. Diederich
> Account number 1000103902598
> Suntrust Bank
> 11333 South Dixie Highway
> Pinecrest FL 33156
> Haitian Health and Education foundation is a non-profit registered in the US
> for tax deduction purposes.
> Josiane
> L’Hopital de la Communauté Haitienne is a 50-bed hospital in the Fréres
> Neighborhood of Petion-Ville. It is a non-profit hospital created by the
> Haitian Health and Education Foundation (Fondation Haitienne pour la Santé
> et l’Education, FHASE) in 1985. It has always had emergency services as an
> important part of its mission, and opened Haiti’s first intensive care unit
> last year. The hospital attempts to be self-sustaining by charging patients
> minimal fees for services. For the last 3 days the hospital has been one of
> the few in the Port-au-Prince and Petion-Ville with no structural damage
> with working teams of physicians and nurses, and volunteers night and day.
> Thousands of wounded people have overtaxed the hospital’s capacity to
> respond to the emergency. People have come with multiple traumas but mainly
> with broken limbs and head injuries from fallen cement. There are not
> enough beds, and people are on makeshift mats on the floor.. One young man
> who is said to be the sole survivor of his family was on a bed without a
> mattress, on a plank of wood.
> The disaster that has fallen on Haiti is of enormous proportions. We are
> raising funds to be able to offer free services We have received gifts of
> supplies and medicines but these gifts cannot possibly cover all the needs.
> Orthopedic supplies are in great demand.
> The people who arrive at the hospital are in desperate situations. Many
> have lost their homes and family members. Some people are camping in the
> hospital yard because they do not know where to go after receiving care.
> People of all ages are being dropped at the hospital by those who are
> pullling them for the rubble. We hope you can contribute funds to help us
> continue helping people who are in desperate need of care.
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