WHERE WE GO
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. According to the latest household survey, more than 6 million people out of 10.6 million (59%) live on less than $2.42 a day. Over 2.5 million (24%) live on less than $1.23 per day. If you are born in Haiti, you have a one in ten chance of dying before your first birthday, and a one in five chance of dying before your fifth birthday – often from diseases that cost pennies to treat.
Although Haiti gained its independence from France in 1804, it has suffered from more than 200 years of unstable, often very corrupt governments. We believe that local partnerships with effective Haitian leadership will create a way forward toward a day when all Haitians will thrive and flourish.
Through support from our medical mission teams, Lespwa Timoun serves seven mobile clinic locations in remote villages. At mobile clinics, patients will see a doctor for examination or follow up treatment and if needed, even receive medication for free.
Lespwa Timoun Clinic trained and equipped 24 Traditional Birth Attendants (midwives) to serve in the mountains of Crochu and Boucan Boyer. The traditional birthing attendants receive monthly training on how to serve expectant mothers in their mountain communities. During these monthly meetings, they receive delivery kits and supplies needed for at home births.
One of the leading causes of death in Haitian children is malnutrition. When Carmel Valdema, a registered nurse, visited the villages outside of Croix des Bouquets, she was appalled by the level of malnutrition she saw. She immediately set up a nutrition program that today is called the “Hope for Children” Clinic in Lespwa Timoun. Over 12,000 children have been served since that day in 2003. We currently have over 1000 children in the program. Carmel and clinic staff host monthly nutrition clinics in seven remote locations near Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.
HOW IT WORKS
The children in the program are weighed and carefully monitored. Parents are educated on proper nutrition. The severely malnourished children are fed a peanut-based mixture called Plumpy-Nut for about six weeks then switched to Akamil. Akamil is made from ground rice, corn, and beans. Children are provided vitamins and necessary vaccinations. The results are nothing short of miraculous. Once the children are healthy, many are given scholarships that allow them to attend school in one of the four locations.
MAKING IT SUSTAINABLE
Light from Light purchased land in the Croix de Bouquets area just outside of Port-au-Prince and built a permanent home for the nutrition program. Lespwa Timoun clinic opened the new location in 2014 and provides medical care to the community five days per week. The clinic compound offers a demonstration garden where Haitian parents can learn to grow crops necessary to better feed their children. The demonstration garden has been very effective in teaching them how to be sustainable on their own.
Lespwa Timoun hosts weekly and monthly educational classes on proper personal hygiene and medical topics such as high blood pressure, diabetes, STD/AIDS, hand washing, drinking potable water and nutrition. Classes are held at multiple convenient locations out in the city.
After the earthquake in January 2010, our communities in Haiti expressed an increased need for school tuition assistance. So Light from Light began a scholarship program to provide annual support so that hundreds of former nutrition program children might receive an education. The scholarship allows a child to attend school and also provides uniforms and school supplies.
SANITATION & HYGIENE
6,000 children and 30,000 adults in Third World Countries die every day from drinking contaminated water. Since Cholera was brought to Haiti in 2014 we have seen cases in the Crochu/Bouzi mountain community. This outbreak has not yet been contained fueling a need for clean water, sanitation, and ongoing education. Along with providing clean water eduction at the clinic, Light from Light dug a deep-water well, provided a pump, diesel generator, water tank, septic system and electricity throughout the Lespwa Timoun Clinic compound and we built several latrines for schools and remote villages.
Deforestation in Haiti is a severe environmental problem. Haitians burn wood charcoal for 60% of their domestic energy production. In 1923 over 60% of Haiti’s land was forested. In 2006, less than 2% of the land was forested.
In 2016, 2,500 Moringa Trees (drumstick trees, miracle trees) were distributed and planted in the Crochu village area. The moringa trees can help with erosion control as well as nutritional supplements. The moringa leaves can be harvested, ground and used for nutritional supplements for Haitians lacking a vitamin rich diet.
When construction needs arise, Light from Light responds with mission teams or money. We do plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry and general construction projects. Pick up your hammer and let us put you to work! Contact us today to find out about more ways you can help.