Cazale is a mountainous village located one and a half hours outside of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. And for over 15 years International Aid has partnered there with Real Hope for Haiti by providing medicines, nutritional supplements and personal care items for use in their clinic—Grace of the Good Samaritan Health Center. More recently we’ve partnered with them in a different way:
Since the spring of 2014 we have invited members of our local West Michigan community to participate in our Hygiene Kit Packing Events, held at International Aid headquarters. These events have produced and distributed over 25,000 hygiene kits around the world.
Recently, three members of International Aid’s Health Product department held two educational clinics in Cazale at Real Hope for Haiti’s medical clinic and community center.
The focus was to reinforce the importance of properly washing our hands with soap and water to protect against disease-causing germs. While washing, they sang the Happy Birthday song. Singing the song takes about 20 seconds, which is a suggested length of time to adequately wash your hands for germ prevention. This education was particularly important as their community is still recovering from the effects of the Cholera outbreak that devastated Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. It also aided Real Hope for Haiti’s existing educational efforts with those they serve in Cazale. The team also had an opportunity to educate the children with proper tooth brushing techniques.
Over 50 people attended the clinic on Friday and 25 children attended the Saturday clinic. The International Aid hygiene kits–that you packed–were distributed to participants after each program. These hygiene items are very expensive in Haiti, and as a result, are a low priority for families who cannot afford them.
The support of International Aid donors has truly made a tremendous impact around the globe! “To be able to give them [their patients] something extra to go home with and know that tonight they are going to be able to take a bath,” Licia Betor, Director of Real Hope for Haiti’s Rescue Center, said with deepest thanks to our team, “Tomorrow morning they are going to be able to wake up and be able to brush their teeth and feel clean. It’s a huge blessing because that’s something they normally don’t have.”
On behalf of the International Aid’s staff, thanks to all who have helped us make this possible.