I very rarely give recommendations. I can wholeheartedly recommend supporting Real Hope For Haiti. Not a penny is wasted... and I can not say enough about the fantastic work these ladies do. They are the epitome of humble selfless service. I have interacted with them indirectly for ~ 2 years in Haiti, and recently visited them for a week of service. I will unreservedly continue to support them with donations and continue to serve with them every chance I possibly can. I strongly encourage you to do the same!
I have only the greatest respect for Real Hope for Haiti. It is amazing what they can do with facilities they have to work with. When I am in Haiti I hear stories about children and adults that have been turned away from other medical facilities, but RHFH goes above and beyond... always willing to help.
I am always amazed at how much RHFH accomplishes on so little. When I have been there, I have seen with my own eyes how far pennies get stretched and the awesome community services they provide. The Zachary family is loved and respected and protected by the people they came to serve. They are truly the hands and feet of Jesus.
If you want to go to a place that shows the true meaning of " helping the least of these" then this is the place. With minimal help this Clinic transforms the sick and starving into healthy happy children. Licia and Lori are really performing God's miracles. To help out for a week there will transform your life.
The clinic, baby ICU and children's care at RHFH goes on in a small compound about the size of 1/4 of a city block. But what big work they do! All the staff is loving and caring (and disciplining:) to the children. The clinic staff was smiling and helpful even to one who knows so littleHaitian Creole. Lori and Licia, their families, the teachers, the Burnetts are a wonderful FAMILY serving the Lord.
Newest exciting news is the building of a cholera clinic, rescue center,clinic, workers' quarters has begun! May God bless RHFH with qualified workers to fill the needs of this building work. I continue to sew all-in-one diapers for the rescue center , and also sew hospital gowns for persons in the cholera house.
Volunteering at RHFH was the single most enjoyable, crazy, challenging, shell-shocking, and emotionally moving experience of my life. It has literally changed my life. Through the Zacharys, God works amazing miracles every day in Cazale!
I've known the Zachary family since they all went to Haiti. Only last Apr/May did I spend 10 days there at the mission. The presence of Christ can be felt as one sees the people line up, even the night before, clinic opens, to get help. The 65 or more children in the Rescue center are loved and helped in many ways. Some need care for other reasons, but most have great malnutrition helped by the Medika Mamba(protein formula). Some of the earthquake victims were still being cared for in Lori's new/unoccupied home. What a blessing to see the planting program going on in the community program/ soil erosion deterred by the planting of vetiver grass,etc. The donated corn program began while I was there. Now look at the blog for results.
I have never witnessed a group more compassionate about the people they serve. 24/7/365 this is their life...the real deal! Zach daily travels to collect/find ways to fill the needs of the Rescue Center and Clinic they operate. Licia finds more then 24 hours in each day! She has a passion for each child in the Rescue Center. She is genuine and truly cares. She has put her personal needs completely on the back burner to help someone in need. It may be holding the hand of a grandmother as she learns her grandchild may not survive, explaining to a mother of a nine month old who is expecting another child the importance of continuing breast feeding during her pregnancy, or even the way she cares for a child after he/she has lost its fight. Lori is filled with knowledge, yet she is so open to those around her to learn yet more. Lori manages the clinic. She treats people both medically and spiritually. She has formed a community group to aid the people of Cazale in bettering themselves and their community.
I will soon be going for my fourth visit to Real Hope For Haiti. I have been volunteering to help their organization for about 3 years now and we will continue to support them and everything they do in the future. They work tirelessly to help children and families in the mountains of Haiti and they are very resourceful. They not only do everything they can to help people in Cazale, but they genuinely love the people they care for. I have been beyond impressed with everyone who runs the Rescue Center and Clinic and all of the staff there, and all the children and patients who's lives have been transformed are the proof of everything that they do.