Asheville-based Mission Manna makes two trips a year to Haiti to provide healthcare to children living in and around the town of Montrouis and in the mountains just inland. Plus, there are also the rabbit and goat projects to check in on. Below are excerpts and some photos from the group’s blog:
Oct. 7 —
We had our final clinic of the trip in Shada. This week we treated well over 1000 children for parasites, infections and malnutrition.
Oct. 6 —
Yesterday we drove up to the mountains. It was a very intense drive with a deep gorge in the middle of the road and we had to cross it by making a bridge….
Waking up at 5:30 to the sound of roosters, we set up our clinic and began treating over 450 kids which took over 6 hours without a break! …
We visited three families in our goat program. The mission MANNA goats were the healthiest goats on the mountain. Franckel, the goat community health worker is doing a great job. Also, Rosmela, the CHW in Fond Baptiste was present at clinic today and is taking excellent care of the kids up there. If only we could expand the program to include more kids…
We’re very proud of our Haitian counterparts Frankel and Rosemela’s work with 23 families in Fond Baptist. Twenty of these families now have goats for breeding and a better diet of milk and meat.
So here we are on our last night in Montrouis, wrapping things up to leave tomorrow. What a whirlwind of a week! I thought I would come here and feel alot of pity and sadness for the children and the country. Instead I feel a sense of awe at what these resilient people deal with daily; how they survive and how they overcome. This morning at Fond-Baptiste we saw the sickest of the sickest. Things I’ve only seen in textbooks. Infants crusted from head-to-toe in scabies or impetigo. Others with eyes swollen shut and skin splitting from kwashiokor. Toddlers burned from falling into cooking fires. Children that likely won’t survive. But life goes on here. It’s accepted and understood. Going home tomorrow i’m sure will feel like stepping into an alternate universe. But I will be forever changed. And I will be back…!
—Jennifer C. Nicolini, MD
Asheville Internal Medicine
Some photos provided by Laura Baskervill.