Category: 2015

Haiti…Here We Come!!

The 2015 Health for Haiti class met this morning to finish packing our luggage for Haiti.  We ended up with 36 suitcases filled with over 1800 pounds of medical supplies, toys, clothing, fabric, educational materials, computer supplies, 27 laptops, and 1000 personal care kits! In Haiti we hope to find our shipping container housing the water…

Thank You!

The 2015 Health for Haiti class would like to thank all of the members of our community who donated medical supplies, personal care items, toys, fabric and clothing for our upcoming trip to Haiti.  We are now in the process of organizing and packing all of the supplies in suitcases. We are overwhelmed by your…

Updates from Grande Saline

With Christmas just a couple of days away, the children at the Bridge to Haiti computer school in Grande Saline enjoyed a very special holiday treat. Their teacher, Dazulmey Jeudy (Tida),organized a “Fèt Noel” (Christmas Party) where the children sang Christmas songs and had a special holiday meal. They enjoyed a plate of rice and…

“Sew N’ Sews” Donate 100 Dresses for Girls in Haiti

The “Sew N’ Sews”, a ladies sewing group at the United Methodist Church in Whitney Point, New York, have donated over 100 beautiful hand made dresses to Health for Haiti.  The 2015 Health for Haiti class will distribute the dresses in Haiti this January.  The Sew N’ Sews have made over 6000 of these beautiful…

“Bridge to Haiti”: Computer Class Continues in Grande Saline

The children in Grande Saline continue to enjoy their computer literacy lessons and are becoming more and more comfortable in their computer use. The pictures below are from a class this week.The children are using three laptops donated by Geodis and SUNY Broome. The laptops were refurbished by the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP) and are currently powered…

SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Students Assemble Personal Care Kits for Haiti

Using washcloths, shampoo, lotion, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes that were donated by the generous SUNY Broome community, the SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene students assembled 500 personal care kits for people in Haiti. The kits will be distributed by the 2015 Health for Haiti students while they are in Haiti this January.  “We are putting together the care kits…

Geodis Donates More Toughbooks for “Bridge to Haiti”!

Geodis has once again provided valuable equipment for the Bridge to Haiti program. John Yesensky and his team from Asset Recovery Operations at Geodis in Endicott have refurbished and donated thirteen more Panasonic Toughbooks to the program. Last summer, Geodis donated six of these rugged machines,  the very first computers that Bridge to Haiti placed in…

Health for Haiti Summer Update: Laptops and Clean Water

The 2014-2015 “Bridge to Haiti” project is off to a great start! Thanks to a generous donation of time and resources from Geodis and the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP), SUNY Broome’s ‘Health for Haiti’ was able to provide six refurbished Panasonic Toughbooks for schools and orphanages in Haiti.

The six laptops were distributed to four different locations in Haiti.  The Home of Destiny orphanage (2), Coram Deo orphanage (1), La Feve school (2) and the community of Grande Saline (1).

It was amazing to see the excitement surrounding the Toughbooks. Each location is making plans to offer computer literacy classes using the materials provided by BDDP.   Several lessons have already been translated into Haitian Creole by Shaina Louis, a SUNY Broome student who is from Haiti.  Shaina will continue to work on the translations over the summer.

The laptop distribution is the first phase of an effort to set up solar powered computer labs in Haiti.  The remote community of Grande Saline will receive at least 8 additional laptops in January, and plans are underway to construct a classroom for computer training.  We are working hard to put plans in place to try to help establish Internet access and fund a teacher.  (It costs about $150-$200 a month to pay a teacher’s salary in Haiti.)

In addition to providing children and young adults with the opportunity to acquire new skills, we hope to establish up a virtual “Bridge to Haiti” that will allow the SUNY Broome community to communicate with the people of Haiti.  There are many opportunities for sharing  knowledge and learning from each other.

 

We will be communicating with our four computer sites  over the next six months and learning about how the computers are being used and what can be done to maximize their effectiveness for literacy training. We will also gather information that can be used by SUNY Broome students who can create additional training materials.

We are also looking to the future to build additional computer centers.  There is a desperate need for computers and computer literacy training in Cite Soleil, so we hope to be able to assist them as well.

Along with our efforts to build a computer center in Grande Saline, we are also working with the Pall Corporation in Cortland, New York to bring this community of over 1000 families  a water filtration system that can provide 10,000 gallons of clean water each day.  The people of Grande Saline do not have access to clean water and often become ill from drinking contaminated river water.

Water source in Grande Saline.

Water source in Grande Saline.

One major challenge for  both of these projects is to successfully transport the equipment to Haiti and to Grande Saline.

We will continue to make plans over the coming months with the hope that in addition to our health clinics and education activities, our 2015 Health for Haiti class will be able to help with the establishment of the computer center in Grande Saline, computer literacy training,  and the installation of the water filtration system.