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 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.
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.
Our church has been involved with ICC since the 1980s. I have co-led over 7 MEET mission trips through ICC from 2009 through 2015. The organization is truly the hands and feet of Jesus serving the people, and particularly, the children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The staff both in the USA and in the field, have become dear friends. Their dedication, love, faith and service glorify God and serve our friends and neighbors in need. It is an honor and privilege to partner with them.
I have been volunteering with ICC since 2008 in Port-au-Prince, Jolie Trou and most recently, the Dominican Republic. They provide life changing services through health care, education, therapy and relationship building. The ICC workers I have come to know and now call friends, are dedicated and loving. Their skills and energy are inspiring. The children and families receiving services from ICC, have touched my heart and soul, and in so doing have forever changed my life. It is an honor, joy and privilege to partner with ICC, a relationship I hope will continue for years and years to come.
We have worked with ICC since 2000. Solid group, dedicated individuals, appropriate mission. ICC has served their patients well side by side with the Haitian people. As example, with the American College of Radiology, ICC is in the process of enhancing Radiology services in the country through education and technology.
Charles "Chuck" Phelps II, M D
In 1979 when I was 16, I was introduced to Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti through International Child Care. I still remember that trip and those children every day. Although it took over 30 years, I returned with my then 16-year old daughter to introduce her to Haiti in 2012 and then again in 2013. The work of ICC touches so many lives every day. It's leaders and volunteers truly love from the depths of their hearts, and the impact is felt throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
I went on my first mission trip with ICC last year. I toured the hospital, helped with a mobile ICC clinic in the Port-au-Prince community and went to the northern community of Jolitrou. I saw Jesus working through the hands of ICC. Every morning, there was a line of people at the hospital waiting to be seen. It brought me great joy to know that all of these wonderful people have access to health care, because of iCC.
I have been on two mission trips to Haiti through ICC. The work they are doing is amazing. On our first trip, we visited Grace Children's Hospital and got to see many of the programs that they offer from working with children with HIV and TB to running outreach clinics and home instructions. Our next visit was to Joli Trou in northern Haiti. In this region, ICC has offered a program of establishing miro-enterprizes. This program has empowered the women and given them the respect they so deserve.Part of the funds earned have been put back into the community to purchase land for the clinic at Joli Trou. This clinic along with the hospital in Grand Norde offers pre-natal care as one of their main focuses. Through them, the former mortality rate of 80% for mothers and babies has been reduced to having not lost a single mother or child in the last two years!! How amazing is that!! All of this and much more is a result of ICC's work. Both trips were truly a blessing.
As a once and future board member of ICC, I am deeply committed to the organization and its work to make a difference in the lives of children and of their families in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. ICC has a truly committed team of professionals and volunteers that continue to amaze me.
I am a physician, and my wife Lynne Austin was a pastor/elder of the United Methodist Church. From our first visit in 2008 to Haiti to our most recent in 2012, we were singularly impressed with the dedication of the staff to improving the health of those coming to the hospital - and with the appreciation of the patients and families for the care they received. Lynne focused on their emotional and spiritual needs, such as grief counseling, how to disclose HIV status to children, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
We have established a memorial fund in honor of Lynne, to help rebuild the Grace Children's Hospital, that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
The work that ICC does in Haiti and the Dominican Republic is critical for the health and wholeness of children in those countries. What, I believe, sets ICC apart from so many other non-profits and NGOs operating in the DR and especially in Haiti, is its commitment to an equal partnership between the board of directors in the four countries that compromise ICC (Canada, United States, Haiti and the DR). Helping Haitians and Dominicans help themselves is central to the mission of ICC which sets it apart from so many other non-profits operating there. I have been working in Haiti since 2008 and directly with ICC since 2010. The progress I have witnessed with ICC's programs is remarkable - especially considering the terrible destruction and set-backs caused by the 2010 earthquake. ICC's commitment to working with the ministries of health in each country, hiring and training local community members for EVERY position and equality between each participating country for the exchange of ideas and program planning is admirable. I am particularly proud to be a part of the training and education of the women who are part of one of ICC's newest programs in Haiti - the community based rehabilitation program that provides therapies to children with disabilities. I have had the pleasure of watching this program launch and seeing first hand the leadership provided by competent, capable, charismatic Haitians. The community based rehabilitation workers' commitment to their profession and the care and love they provide to the children of Haiti is humbling to witness.
I've traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic with International Child Care several times. They do a great job of providing health care to at-risk children and families, including working with kids who have AIDS and TB. While the organization's Haiti program is dependent on outside financial resources, all of its employees are Haitians, and this impressed me. Despite severe damage and loss of life in the 2010 earthquake, they've managed to open temporary hospital facilities that are now serving thousands of patients. I was in Haiti 6 weeks after the earthquake, and the Haitian staff were caring for large numbers of patients and also providing space for food distribution. Very impressive.
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