June 28, 2011
For the 1st year following the Haiti earthquake, my Jensen Beach, FL church supported a national, church related charity providing supplies to Haiti. However, we found the shipping costs prohibitive and searched for another, lower overhead way to continue helping. Right under our noses, in Vero Beach, FL, we found a wonderful nonprofit that fit our situation perfectly. Haiti Clinic is a well-run, trust worthy, low overhead, non-sectarian, hands-on charity that provides both professional medical services and supplies to a clinic that was already established in a slum/suburb of Port au Prince before the earthquake. For anyone living in the general vacinity of Vero Beach, there are various ways to help, such as doing simple "pill packing" tasks or gathering baby/toddler supplies for the Clinic's Failure to Thrive program. The later is what my church is doing. If you live further away you can just send a check and be sure 100% will go to the needs of the Clinic and its patients. There's no administrative overhead or shipping costs for any of the supplies or people who fly down to Haiti every other month.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The verbal, written and pictoral reports brought back by the volunteers (doctors, nurses and other health care helpers) tell a wonderful story.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I am not sure if a "Speaker's" bureau exists, but articulate people with a video presentation might general new sources of money, supplies and volunteers.
Volunteer & I get people at mly church to donote supplies for baby or toddler kits that are carried in the personal luggage of medical volunteers who go down to Haiti Clinic every 2 mos. These kits are given to mothers who are bringing their little ones to the Clini.