It's been just over three weeks since a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Southern Haiti. Since then Project Medishare has been organizing and carrying out a number of different initiatives to help the populations affected by this disaster.
Most notably, a team of Project Medishare medical staff just returned from a 5-day deployment to Laborde, a rural farming village outside Les Cayes. This group of Haitian doctors, nurses and aides ran a series of mobile clinics, providing critically needed healthcare to a population that would otherwise have no hospital or clinic to turn to. More than 600 patients were seen, with cases ranging from gastritis to scabies. Our visit to the south was organized once again in partnership with Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), and we are thankful to them for their warm welcome into their communities. We worked closely with them in these communities after Hurricane Matthew.
The communities we visited were so grateful for our presence. As a thank you, they brought us avocados and cracked open fresh coconuts for us to share and enjoy - a gesture we were so touched by, given their current level of food insecurity. We met so many incredible individuals, and hope to return in a few weeks time.
Our traveling pharmacy was able to hand out much-needed medications, water purifying tablets, oral rehydration salts, and more. Many of these items are thanks to our generous supporters who so graciously purchased items from our Amazon wishlist. Please keep sharing this list with your friends and family, as our needs are ongoing and your continued support is essential at this time.
We are especially proud of our team, who typically work in the Central Plateau, for deploying on this mission. Two helicopters for staff members and a small plane for supplies were provided to us at no cost by World Hope International. This was almost everyone's first time flying in an airplane and embarking on this type of assignment. They've all expressed how impactful this mission has been to them - to be able to give back to their fellow Haitians in a time of need is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Although the team has returned from Les Cayes, our work is far from over. Thousands of food and hygiene kits are making their way to impoverished communities via our partners in the south and planning for a second series of mobile clinics is already underway. Hospital Bernard Mevs continues to treat earthquake victims, as many require surgery and continued wound care.
Your help is still needed as much as ever. So many of you have stepped forward, and we hope we'll be able to continue counting on your support. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far, this has truly been a team effort. We look forward to sharing more updates with you very soon.
We are thrilled to announce that Justin Bieber has launched an incredible auction on Propeller to raise funds for Project Medishare. Bid on an opportunity to meet Justin at a special event in New York next week (ends at 6pm EST, so hurry!) or bid on several one-of-a-kind artworks created by the singer himself. You can also enter a contest for a trip to meet Justin in Las Vegas. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
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