REAL HOPE FOR HAITI
January 6, 2011
Real Hope for Haiti is an awesome organization. They are doing so much for their community of Cazale and the surrounding communities that travel days on foot over mountains to reach them. Licia, Lori and Zach have such a passion for what the do and the people that they are serving. I was down there as a volunteer just after Thanksgiving in 2010. There are many different componets to the work that they do at RHFH. Licia is in charge of the rescue center for children suffering from kwash (malnurishment) and oversee the daily care of 60 children and staff. She does an amazing job, and even though she has to run the business side of it you frequently find her in the middle of it interacting with the children and caring for them, she has a knack to get even the sickest of kids to give her a smile that just warms your heart. Lori is the "rambo" nurse that runs the clinic. Clinic is open 3 days a week and see anywhere from 200 to 300 pts per day!!! Its truely amazing at the set they have. There they do prenatal care, well baby check ups, OB/ Gyne clinc, sutures, wound care, pap smears, HIV testing, Syphilis testing, Chlamyda testing, and Gonnerhea testing, they snip tounge tied kids, and there so much more!! But even as impressed as I was about the medical care these community members receive was the way its received, with compassion. Theres also community education like sewing clasees, literacy classes, and after school tudoring. Every time you open your eyes something is happening around there. In Lori's spare time ( really that was sarcastic cuz shes on the go from 5am till 10 pm everyday) she opened a cholera house to treat the epidemic in that area. That also is an amazing set up. There are 20 something beds, which at times are full, and for pts that are stable with oral rehydration theres the porch of the house, which seems overflowing with another 10 or so pts every day. She has Haitian staff members to help care for the pts and American and Canadian volunteers that come into help, but its truely her baby project. I worked mainly at the cholera house while I was there, and even if she was able to escape down to the clinic for the day to get some work done, she always came up at change of shifts to make sure everything was running smoothly, and was alway a cell phone call away if we needed her or her great knowledge and advice. Then theres Zach, ZAchary Davis..... Lori and Licias dad. I loved spending time with him, and he always had great stories to tell. As he would say his role is to make sure his daughters are happy and have everything they need. My favorite quote from his was " I used to say happy wife happy life, but since my wife is now gone its happy daughters, happy life!" And yes he takes his job seriously. For example Lori needed more soap to hand out at the cholera house. So she put her dad on finding it. Later that day he came back with soap. There was 36 bars in one box.....not bad, but that wasnt the end of it there was 36 boxes as well!!! Zach believes in buying big and that he def. does well.
I have volunteered at many places in Haiti, but no where have I felt so at home. RHFH treats thier volunteers as family and that meant alot to me. When the go to the grocery store they ask u if you want anything special.... When people go to Haiti as missionary's the have the desire to serve others, sometimes while in big organizations this desire can fade over the yrs and turn into almost a business type environmont. This is so so so far from what RHFH is about, they came down with a passion to serve christ and 15 yrs+ later that passion is still as strong as the day when they arrived!!! I love you RHFH and keep doin what you are doing.
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I have personally see the great work that they are doing and their commitment to helping others. While I was in Haiti I also visited my friends orphange in Leogane, while there she had a sick baby that required NG feedings. My friend was capable of doin the feedings but she was going home to MN and no1 else at the orphange would be able to care for the child. RHFH volunteered to take in this kid and care for him until my friend was able to return. They didnt ask for money, they did it cuz they cared!!!
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I wouldnt change a thing. Except maybe give Lori and Licia a vacation they deserve, even though I know Lori would have a hard time going!!
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Made me realize that there are truley people out there that want to help others.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Warm and fuzzy inside. Cant wait to go back to Haiti.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & Nurse.