I have been following this and have donated to the GCF foundation because all the money goes to help the patients. This GCF started by doing missions to Haiti and later from the small fundraiser they have done have demonstrated fiscal discipline to build a clinic in Fonfred haiti. This clinic has been operating for the last 3-4 years. How will they get adequate funding to continue to have US standard healthcare for the community is why I am nominating GCF see their work @gaskovclergefoundation and http://www.gaskov.org/
The Gaskov Clerge Foundation has been very active in the Haitian community for over a decade. Members of this organization are extremely dedicated to educating, helping, and protecting the people of Haiti, more specifically in the south of Haiti (where most of the founders are from). This organization is dear to my heart since my family is also from the south of Haiti. Their influence in Les Cayes has tremendously improved the healthcare in that area. The members of the organization include doctors, nurses, other health practitioners, volunteers and students who are devoted to improve the health care system in the southern area of Haiti. I am proud to call this my organization and I take any opportunity to assist in any way I can.
Gaskov Clerge Foundation is one of the best organizations to volunteer with. They are compassionate, understanding and extremely helpful. May the Lord continue to bless them all.
The day I found out that no one gets paid,(12 -13 years ago) I said this is the best organization for me and people that I know to make positive and conscientious contributions to.
GCF has been the best organization I’ve been volunteering for the past 7 years. They are genuine, caring, helping for the poor in Haiti.
Best experience for me.
GCF is so far one of the Best not for profit organization that i have the priviledge to volunteer for- 100% of given donations go straight toward helping the less fortunates 100% - may God continue his Blessings upon this foundation 100% of the times!!!
I have volunteered with GCF since it was founded! This Foundation continuously makes a difference in the lives of many individuals!!! I am proud to serve with many of GCF volunteers who are giving back to their community.
I have going on medical mission to Haiti with Gaskov Clerge Foundation for 3 years. This foundation has done so much for the people of Haiti. They have internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, dentistry, pediatric, cardiology, neurology, obstetric and gynecology, and pharmacy. We see about 3,000 patients in 5 days. for these people, this is the only time that they get to see a physician. I am very thankful for this foundation because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the community where I grew up. That is one foundation that uses the money that they raise for a great cause. I hope Gaskov Clerge Foudation will be able to build a hospital in that region of Haiti because the need is so great.
Gaskov Clerge Foundation has been the catalyst in overseeing and taking care dire medical attention needs for the poor in Haiti. Over 12 years of excellent volunteerism to support the community in Haiti with health care and other pilot program such as sanitation and potable water. This is a great organization that need to be recognized for their tremendous contribution with the gifted hands of their volunteers. I applaud their endless effort and would recommend this organization to any volunteers who is looking for an Organization to volunteer their time- such a noble cause.
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I began taking part in GCFs work in Haiti in 2008 and have been back 4 times since. There is minimal overhead and considerable impact with this group. Gaskov Clerge us about more than providing a medical clinic. Although they provide care to thousands in a spectrum of medical and surgical specialties. The founders of this group have expanded their focus to support children in classrooms, sports participation, and technological development in Haiti. This group's focus is broad and far reaching. I can only be proud to support their efforts and have enjoyed my time with this group.
I am a physican and joined a heath mission trip with Gaskov Clerge 2009 and have subsequently returned every year since. They organise a group of healthcare professionals, college and highschool students and serve thousands of inhabitants of Les Cayes, Haiti for seven days in the summer.These folk have waited an entire year for the chance to have surgeries and treat chronic illnesses at no cost to them. I personally appreciate Gaskov Clerge for allowing me to ,as Ghandi says, "be the change you want to see in the world"
My experience with the Gaskov Clerge Foundation was a very pleasent and rewarding one .GCF gave me a chance to serve a group of individuals that were in need of the service.The care was delivered with love, and compassion.
On January 12th, 2010 the land in which my grandparents, my parents and myself where born experienced a life altering earthquake that would take the life of hundreds of thousands and sadly some will not ever be found due to lack of proper census records of births and deaths. So many have just vanished. After the quake I began my research and was linked to a foundation called GCF which lead a team of nurses and doctors to a town called Croix de Bouquet. I am healthy and able in mind & body to make a difference whether it was to help find water or give aid and from there I embark on a journey that will forever be a part of me. We’ve all seen and have read the remarkable story of strong survivors that not only stood through the mist of the crumbling buildings but also held on to life and the minutes became hours, days, and even weeks.
I stand before you and say there is so much more that needs to be done. The survivors are now without a roof or a bed to sleep on but rather walk the streets in search of food and shelter. I witness many families that just sleep on muddy grounds of Haiti, no sheets to sleep on or cover with, no water, no food, no toiletries to conduct the basic necessary hygiene for women and men alike.
If you or any one you know can provide time as nurses or doctors please encourage them to help. If you can donate a dollar, I encourage you to do so. These families need our constant prayer as they wait on the next phase to sustain and establish shelter & foods for themselves and their loved ones.
We here in America are exceedingly blessed with shelter, food, and water. Let's all be part of the rebuilding of Haiti.
As a Roman Catholic priest, my whole life is dedicaded to serve God in my neighbors. I wish there were more non-profit organizations like the GCF. The work the GCF has been doing is unique and much needed in all Haiti, especially in the City of Les Cayes and its surrounding regions. With love, respect and compassion, the GCF provides free health care to the least fortunates, help kids that would probably never go to school get an education, provides clean water to the poor, etc... After the earthquake, the GCF was one of the first organizations to be on the ground in Haiti to help out. With its project to build the first modern hospital in Les Cayes, the GCF will continue to serve the people of southern Haiti while providing them with dignified health care. I am so grateful to Mrs. Cosy Joseph for her dedication to serve. As a Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Palm Beach and also much involved in doing medical mission work in my home town in Haiti, the GCF is a good example for me of what it means to be good steward in the way that its members give their time, talents and treasures to serve the least fortunate in Haiti. Thanks GCF! Keep up the good work!
Rev. Yves L. Francois
Diocese of Palm Beach
This is one of the best organizations to volunteer with. As a GCF volunteer, you get to serve many in great need; you get to work a lot; yet the mission organizers still manage to show the volunteers an amazingly surprising side of Haiti and her people.
WAY TO GO GCF!!! I look forward to many more years of education and serving our brothers and sisters!
my trips to haiti,as part of gcf,have made haiti as my third home.being the only neurologist available for the week at the island,it has been a rewarding experience,seeing patients,helping the local physicans with diagnosing complex neurological conditions without the help of any testing,helping challenged children at the orphanage get seizure free,teaching and educating the doctors,have all been experiences which help me in my utmost goal--TO SERVE.the team spirit that we have, overcomes all barriers of climate and poverty.i have been there for the past 3 years,and each year we have been successful in giving better care.for those physicians with similar goals,this is our ultimate experience of service,compassion for which we have been made.
I am a Registered Nurse and had participated in the GCF's last trip to Haiti (July 2009). My experience with Gaskov Clerge Foundation was unforgetable. I encountered nothing but professionalism at it's best! The compassion, caring and selflessness of the entire team was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Not only was it hard work but it was enjoyable! The participants and the organization itself demonstrated excellence in coordination of effort, quality of care and comaradarie.
This is an organization of profesionals dedicated to provide care under the most difficult situations in the south of haiti, where there is cohsesion, order, emotional support among the members , and good coordination ; and after each mission , leave you with greatest feelings in this world
GCF is very caring, people oriented, and passionate about their purpose. I wish them the best of luck in their continued endeavor and plea to alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people. I love the Foundation and I try to attend every year with my daughter who is a recent medical graduate. Hopefully my son who will be graduating soon as a physician can join us in the near future.
I wanted to volunteer my services in Haiti but I wanted to be a part of an organization that was well organized. I was introduced to GCF. An Itenary package is prepared for you.You have a chance to review the package and decide if this is what you are volunteering for. The Pre-Mission orientation,volunteers get to meet each other before the day of departure. Receiving telephone calls and e-mail over the last few days before departure is quite reassuring. Arriving at the Airport with other volunteers and being escorted through baggage claims to your transportation, where you are provided with water and a snack. Arriving at your destination to find the organizers awaiting your arrival.The exitement of want to start seeing those people that we are there for heightens.Getting our assigned area,experiencing the careful planning that went into the great accomodation,meals and transportation, together contribute to us feeling appreciated. First night conference is oh so exciting, knowing what we will be doing the next day and how we will be going about it. Post conference after each days work is great also, what we did and how we are going to make it better the next day.Did I mention breakfast, I will have to say the best oatmeal that anyone has ever had is served there. For you to know how good it is you would have to volunteer with Gaskov Clerge Foundation.
I have worked with this organization for over 10 years as a translator and nurse. Ihave seen how this organization can take a easily treatable condition and treat themsleves or refer the patient for local or US based treatment, making a huge difference the quality of life of the patient.
GCF is an organization run by volunteers creating little overhead cost. The organization is run by Native born Haitians who want to better their former hometown of Les Cayes by providing basic medical care and sometimes surgery free of charge. For one week per year they provide a necessary opportunity for basic care in mobile clinics set up in churches and schools to as many as 3,000 adults and children. Most importantly they utilize local doctors and nurses in their mobile clinics as well as community members for logistics and transportation. They also hold forums for local doctors with their US doctors to assist in providing them with current practice trends and treatments.