At 16:53 on 12 January 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale ripped through the lives of the people of Haiti. An estimated 316,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and more than one million people were made homeless. Communication systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical networks were damaged by the earthquake.
The suffering and disruption continues, and Haiti has been adopted as the first project for Take Heart for the Nations.
The island of La Gonave originally had a population of around 10,000 people. By 2010 the population had increased to over 120,000 and the hospital, with just 33 beds, was totally inadequate to provide for the needs of the people.
As a result of the earthquake, this facility was severely damaged and the medical staff have been working out of tents. The plan is to build a new ‘life-safe’ hospital designed to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes and to have a greater capacity to serve the community. It is hoped this facility will house a maternity unit, premature baby unit, operating theatres, wards and clinics.
Our aim is to raise $250,000 to build the life-safe’ hospital designed to withstand earthquakes in this hospital. Building has now started and the opening date is scheduled for September 2013. We will be working together with the charity Lemon Aid, who are already involved in this project, to complete this very important work, and then assess what the ongoing needs are with a view of providing help where we can.
The building of the hospital isn't all that's happening. As you will see from the video below, the hospital is being built by Haitians - creating new jobs, businesses and a sense of achievement in the area.