During this past summer, I was an intern at the US Office of ICC and was able to experience firsthand the good that ICC is able to spread throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Their staff is always searching for the best methods to fight disease and poverty in these countries. The greatest insight that I learned during my time at ICC was that certain problems cannot simply be alleviated by donations and short-term solutions; by operating through Grace, ICC is able to address the shortcomings of children in these countries. The staff also finds creative methods to generate donations for various programs throughout their targeted area. Although they operate within a small market in Michigan, ICC is able to spread their good word across the country as the fight for a truly charitable cause.
I am a pediatrician and have been in practice for over 30 years. During that time, I have volunteered with several organizations that are involved in international medical outreach. In the first 10 years of that type of service, I would return home from a trip feeling like our 'team' had simply put a temporary Band-Aid on a huge gaping wound and that the work we did was not sustainable nor empowering to the local healthcare system.
Then I learned about and became involved in volunteering for International Child Care.
ICC does not send healthcare professionals from the US to do the work that the Haitian and Dominican doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers can do. It supports those that are there working every day by helping to meet educational needs, providing in-kind donations with training in their use, financial support in the field while educating those in the US about the lives of those living and working in a close neighboring country. It is truly empowering. .
That was 15 years ago and my husband and I still believe in the work ICC does and support the organization with our monies and our time. And this year the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, a testament to its history of sustainability
I am a US pediatrician and have been a volunteer for International Child Care USA since 2000. I have continued to be committed to supporting ICC for several reasons. I had volunteered with several other organizations prior to 2000 that were involved in international health programming but what has kept me engaged in ICC is its history of sustainability, its focus on empowering the local healthcare community and the programs' emphasis on, not just curative care, but on education and preventive healthcare. The ICC USA staff are dedicated, professional and passionate about their work and seeing that ICC does bring health and wholeness to children and families in Haiti and the DR.
I first became acquainted with International Childcare (ICC) in 1977 when I went on a church mission trip to Haiti. I was very moved by the children I saw and the wonderful care they received. I began to sponsor ICC on a monthly basis once I was in college. In 2013, I was again on a mission trip to Haiti and looked to see if I was working anywhere near ICC. I was pleased to find out that they indeed were close by. I got to visit the hospital and take my mission team members. I got to see first hand the many changes, including how the hospital is across the street from its original location. It is wonderful to see how ICC has grown and is now ministering to so many people in so many ways. I am thankful to have been apart of their ministry for these 30+ years.
I interned at Grace Children's Hospital in Haiti for two months this summer. During my time there I was able to recognize the great impact that the hospital has on the community as well as get to know the staff. The staff are loving, kind and determined to make a difference in the lives of those around them. From free HIV/AIDS screening and treatment to also running an eye care clinic, Grace helps to maintain the health and wellbeing of those living in PAP. It was an honor and certainly a pleasure to spend so much time at a place so well staffed and well run!
This summer I was able to intern with International Child Care in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at Grace Children's Hospital. During my time in Haiti I was able to see the far reaching impact that Grace has in the local community and the vital role that healthcare plays in the lives of all. Grace efficiently uses the talents of the local staff to work together as a team. It was a pleasure to be a part of this team this summer.
As a long time supporter of International Child Care I have nothing but praise for the directors and management team. I have visited their projects in Haiti and the DR many times. Being an RN I was able to provide the shipping of supplies to the hospital in Haiti. I served on the board for about 20 years and was very impressed with the transparency of all their operational and financial matters.
The management team is outstanding.
I have volunteered with International Child Care raising money for their causes and have gone to Haiti to the their flagship ministry, Grace Children's Hospital. I am amazed with how well they utilize the resources that we raise for them to impact the lives of literally 150,000+ people a year in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I personally know a number of their staff and board members and know them to be outstanding individuals working hard with great integrity. As an example of resources being applied efficiently, the attached photo is a (low quality) shot of the CPR training mannequins purchased by our church being used in Haiti for training in July 2016.
I have completed 4 volunteer trips to Haiti (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) since the earthquake in Port-au-Prince (Jan. 2010). My times at Grace Children's Hospital and their community health outreach programs have always been excellent. Grace is truly a beacon of hope for children and families in need.
I volunteered with the annual Vacation Bible School program that ICC leads. It was a great program that helped to teach children about Jesus and being kind to others. The VBS program focused on learning about the joys and challenges of children living in Haiti, particularly those who spend time at Grace Children's Hospital. The children attending ICC's VBS program enthusiastically raised a significant amount of money for Grace Children's Hospital.
ICC cares greatly about its mission to support children and families in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While ICC also provides financial support for families and communities, ICC is committed to empowering communities through education, health care training programs, preventative health care such as vaccinations, social programs for adolescents with disabilities, healthy birth kits, and more.
International Child Care does an amazing job as a Christian health care organization in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They show a staying power that demonstrates their commitment to their mission to bring health and hope in the midst of communities plagued with extreme poverty. I am a former Board Member who has led many church groups to visit and learn from their ministry sites. They always take good care of us while helping to build bridges of understanding across the cultural divide. I am always impressed by the dedication of the workers and the deep trust they have earned from the local residents who know they can rely on ICC's reputation to effectively care for their loved ones.