Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.IMPACT WITH HOPE has provided medical care and relief aid for the people of Haiti for more than 30 years. In recent years Haiti has struggled with problems ranging from constant political upheaval, health crisis, an annual barrage of hurricanes and finally the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. Learn about Haiti in the CIA World Fact Book.
The earthquake that struck on Jan. 12, 2010, reduced much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to rubble and killed an estimated 250,000 people, The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that the total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion. According to the International Organization for Migration, an estimated 634,000 people live in displacement camps. International donors promised Haiti $5.3 billion at a March 2010 donor’s conference, however little has been done to reconstruct buildings or roads.
IMPACT WITH HOPE mobilized shipments of relief aid and teams of medical and non medical volunteers that supported missions that were already established in Haiti. Teams partnered with Double Harvest and the U.S. Comfort Ship and the Mexican Navy following the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010 and provided support to Living Hope Ministries in Haiti, Baptist Haiti Mission as well as other smaller community based organizations.
Haiti’s recovery is slow, there has been an increase in violence along with outbreaks of cholera and other diseases. International sympathy for Haiti’s enduring troubles is waning and its international donors are far behind in helping the hundreds of thousands still living in makeshift camps and the millions without formal jobs. Still there is a glimmer of hope as individuals like you Reach Out & Serve Others in times of catastrophe disaster.
IMPACT WITH HOPE has been working in Haiti for over 30 years and has assisted the following organizations and hospitals with education and relief aid: Church of God, Catholic Relief Services, Missionaries of Charity, Hopital Espoir, Hopital de Fermathe, Hopital St. Croix, St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children, Hopital de l’Universite in Port-au-Prince, Seven Day Adventist, Red Cross, Bernard Mev Hospital.
In 1996, Linda Greene RN, Ph.D, President and CEO utilized the CMRP program to respond to the children of Haiti who were being poisoned by contaminated acetaminophen, Unaware of the contaminated substance, Haitian pharmacies mixed diethylene glycol (antifreeze) that was shipped from China to make their own brand of child acetaminophen. When the USAID office in Haiti contacted Linda, IMPACT WITH HOPE and partners were mobilized to teach and educated Haitian physicians as well as minister to the victims and their families.IMPACT WITH HOPE coordinated with USAID, UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a number of other health care institutions to find the cause and treatment for the children affected by the ingestion of the contaminated syrup.