The George Shinn Foundation team has just returned from an amazing trip to Haiti. The House of Hope Clinic there was officially dedicated and named The George Shinn Foundation Clinic. Our partnership with the Amer-Haitian Bon Zami House of Hope (HOH) has helped accomplish great things for the community of Tabarre, a suburb located in Port-au-Prince that, like so many communities in the region, is still rebuilding from the aftermath of the earthquake that impacted the area in 2010.
During the three-day stay in Haiti, 335 people were treated at the clinic which, although still in the stages of final construction, is open and serving the community. In addition to much-needed medical treatment, these patients also received spiritual encouragement as doctors prayed with those whom they served.
Medical care is an urgent need for children (and all citizens) of Haiti. There is one doctor for every 10,000 people in Haiti.This clinic has been operating for several months now, tending to families. Many of the patients at The George Shinn Foundation Clinic have never before seen a medical doctor.
The first floor of the new clinic will contain a waiting area, prayer room, exam rooms, a pharmacy and work space. A separate area will be dedicated to food distribution to the most needy in the neighborhood. The food room will have separate access from the clinic space and will be used during hours when the clinic is not in operation. The second floor will be used for storage and future treatment space for the children and their families. The third floor will contain a small apartment for a visiting nurse or doctor, along with bunk space for medical teams.
HOH is a children’s home founded in 1976 to help alleviate the suffering of children in Haiti, AHBZ is a cooperative work between the Haitian and U.S. staffs.