Haiti Update - February 2014
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Dear Friend of Double Harvest,
How About Another “Fly-Over”? January and February are always busy months at our project in Haiti – mission teams love to plan their trips to warmer climes. To escape winter – especially this winter?? Maybe. But, more importantly, they go to serve God by serving the poor and underprivileged in this struggling country. Here are some brief reports and perspectives – a “fly-over”.
Agriculture, Aquaculture & “Chickenculture” – Had to fit in that last one! At the heart of Double Harvest’s mission is agriculture and related projects. No people or country can rise above its agricultural base. Billions of people on this planet live on $1.00 - $2.00 a day with not enough to eat or feed their children. Haiti is among those countries. Perpetual hunger leads to malnutrition, gradually eating away their minds and bodies. Reflecting the expertise and heart of our founder and present board members, the majority of our 200 acres are dedicated to a large scale farm, fish project and a chicken/egg project. These provide quality, affordable and nutritious food for the local community and its economy, and for our employees, medical staff, teachers and students.
Medical Care – In a country where the government’s expenditure on health is 8% of the national GDP (2011), volunteer visiting medical professionals fill a vital role. In January, two medical teams provided critical care for the Haitian people. The TN group focused on community clinics, seeing and treating over 1300 patients in one week! One village they visited had never experienced the medical care they received. The WV group conducted 40 surgeries in our Clinic – hernia repairs, hysterectomies, C-sections and many other procedures. Two of the surgeons were invited as guest lecturers at the Haiti Medical Association in Port-au-Prince. A few handy-men accompanied the team and did needed repairs and projects around the property.
Clothing Distribution – We received a container which included, among important eye-care equipment, numerous boxes of clothes and shoes. Some of these items were distributed to the people of the church meeting at our school facility. I say “some”, because they decided that other congregations in the area, much poorer than them, needed the clothing more than themselves. So they organized their own clothing distribution, ministering to their brothers and sisters. What an example for us!
We thank you for your trust and support of this ministry. You are a partner helping us in “Sowing Seeds of Life in both the physical and spiritual lives of the Haitian people. Also, on our website, please refer to the January Update – South Sudan still needs our prayers!