The HHN work to prevent the spread of cholera continued in the region of Limbé, with Rosedanie and volunteers becoming educated in how to make chlorine, how to assemble simple water filtration units, and how to get these supplies to the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time. Along the way they made a connection with Haiti Village Health and its founder, Dr. Tiffany Keenan who proved to be a valuable resource. On two Saturdays in December, Orcas Island resident, Irene Eckberg took it upon herself to raise funds for water filtration units. This very successful effort brought in $1243 which is going toward the purchase of the components of these systems. A heartfelt thank you to Irene and the generous people of Orcas Island.
At the same time, a program in nutrition education was begun at the HHN Center. Malnutrition is one of the factors making the Haitian people so susceptible to the disease. Finally, Rosedanie began oversight of a formerly unemployed and now budding teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) at The Bethesda School. We were able to send a few books for beginners as well as a manual for teachers. It was gratifying to initiate these projects amidst the work to contain cholera.
Please stay tuned for more details on specific projects and how you, too, can be involved.