The purposes for this trip to Haiti were to conduct medical and dental clinics and to complete the water project that began with installing a new water well at the orphanage during the March trip by our team (in partnership with "Hands Together" organization). During our May 6-12 visit, the medical team saw over 600 patients with ailments that included typhoid, TB, pneumonia, malaria, H.I.V./Aids, fungal/parasitic lesions, malnutrition and dehydration. Although their nutrition was better (most likely due the humanitarian aid), their overall health was deemed to be worse than before with minimal clean water and shelter available, which corresponded to a rise in the amount of skin disease, rashes and lesions. The dental team also held clinics at E.G.O. and pulled 165 teeth. If you’ve ever suffered with tooth pain before, you can imagine the relief of those who were able to see a dentist and put an end to their pain.
The water well team completed electrical repairs and plumbing work that was needed around the orphanage. Shower heads were replaced, faucets were repaired, ceiling fans were wired in and 5 new water storage tanks were set (replacing old tanks that were contaminated) which increased the amount of water that is available for use. A chlorinator pump was installed which gives regular, measured injections of chlorine into the water to keep it clean and bacteria-free. The team also put in the water lines which carry water out to a water station bordering the orphanage (6 sinks and 4 showers) which had been inoperable until this visit and is now accessible to the community. Most importantly, the water was tested and found to be free of bacteria, which will dramatically impact the overall health of E.G.O. and the community of Montrouis.
Aside from the 4 days of clinics and repair work, the S.o.S. missions team enjoyed a few hours at a nearby beach on Saturday with the E.G.O. children, as well as a shoe presentation at the orphanage where each child was given a brand new pair of sneakers and sandals, sent with love from the New Hope church family. To see pictures and stories from this trip as well as a video of the water project from the March trip, see below.