Medical care in Haiti is only available to those with cash in their hands. As money is virtually non-existent among the people of Grande Goave, they have no medical care or provisions. Many suffer and die from disease and ailments that could easily be treated and often cured. Malaria, scabies, lung disease, infection from untreated cuts and sores and complications during childbirth are only a few of the basic medical needs which often go untreated.
The very poor and isolated mountain people have to carry their sick and dying on their shoulders or on mules down the hazardous trails in search of help. It is a long arduous journey that can take up to 8 hours or longer. Often there is no help to be found. Many of them never make it.
Our goal is to build a facility that would allow medical teams or trained individuals to have a place to work. A clinic where these precious people would be seen and treated without any cost to them. A place where suffering can be eased and hope is renewed.
These people have been cooking over charcoal and as a result are continually battling lung disease. By providing propane stoves, we will help save their lungs and make their already difficult lives a little easier.