Grassroots Community Development in Borgne, Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew

 

It is still difficult to assess damage in Borgne. Bridges are washed out, roads impassable and phone contact difficult if not impossible. According to Haiti Libre, 14,530 people have been displaced, 2,703 families are affected and 1,885 houses are flooded.

We have achieved so much in Borgne, but with a disaster such as this, our infrastructure will be pushed beyond it's limits. Please donate today to protect the amazing work already done, and help get the community of Borgne through one of the worst hurricanes in memory.

We are also getting ready for a spike of cholera and typhoid.

Donate now

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A New Era for Health Care in Borgne: Our first C-Section

Impossible to explain the importance of this event! This is the first time in the 35 years history of the hospital that we were able to perform a life saving operation.

In August our amazing team of SEE FAMN/ASB doctors delivered our first baby via C-Section. The mom is 23 and had a pregnancy that ran a high risk of rupturing her uterus – the surgery successfully avoided this life threatening situation and she delivered a beautiful healthy baby boy. Quoting Mike Shields, "In days gone by this would likely have been a very sad outcome for both. For all of us in H.O.P.E., both here and in Haiti, this is a dream come true for the community. It is almost unimaginable for those of us who have aspired to realize this capacity for more than 10 years. Back then there wasn’t even an M.D. in that community." Thanks to our wonderful partners at Womens Strong International (WSI), we now have a fully functional surgical facility in an area where mothers and babies routinely die due to complications in pregnancy and birth. We are grateful and excited beyond words.

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H.O.P.E. Board Member and Tech Entrepreneur, Hillary Mickell, Featured in Silicon Valley Trip to U.K.





Hillary Mickell is a HOPE Board Member and a strong contributor to HOPE's efforts in the U.S. and in Borgne. She is a key contributor to the health and education work, and frequent traveler to Borgne.

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Haitian Women's Health

Last summer, H.O.P.E. and ASB invited four students to participate in an internship program in Fond La Grange. The students worked at a hospital for five weeks, rotating among the various healthcare activities of ASB and trying their hands at everything from administering vaccines and cleaning wounds to organizing records and filling prescriptions. One of the interns, 15-year-old Islourde, a student at the Collège Evangeliste Baptiste Ebenezer in Borgne, enjoyed working in the pharmacy and now dreams of becoming a doctor. Islourde says that education helps students, “do something that is good for them and good for their community, too.” Education, she knows, can lead to a career that supports family and community.

Read more about  Islourde and Gania.

SEE Youth Board

The S.E.E. YOUTH Board works in concert with H.O.P.E. to:

  1. engage with our community model for health, education, and economic growth

  2. develop a “sense of place”—the facility to unify subjective and objective insights relating to rural Haiti 

  3. create a new narrative about Haiti; one that honors the dignity, organizational capacity, and commitment of ordinary Haitian citizens (in a nation that has suffered from “the danger of a single story.”)

As the proverb of Ghana explains: “those who learn, must teach.”  Many of us have benefitted from H.O.P.E.’s ethic about community development, and we all, in our way, pass along these teachings. We are the next generation of H.O.P.E. in Borgne. Join us!  


SEE Youth Board of Directors


Hugo Carney
hugo@hopehaiti.org

Hugo is an 11th grader at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC, where he has lived his entire life. His primary interests are in performing with his band, doing school run drama productions, and playing baseball. Hugo has always had a deep interest in global justice, beginning with conversations with his parents. Hugo first became passionate about global justice during his sophomore 20th Century African History; he found a personal commitment to global stewardship. After traveling to Haiti and working with Dr. Thony Voltaire and Alyans Sante Borgne hospital, Hugo is determined to continue his work in the global community, especially in Haiti.


Akshay Krishnan 

akshay@hopehaiti.org


Akshay is in 11th grade at Sidwell Friends School. He is passionate about global justice particularly public health and working to dispel negative stereotypes surrounding Africa and Haiti. Akshay has traveled widely in the world, and is committed to global justice in Borgne.  The community based medical programs Alyans Sante Borgne operates are model examples of partnership and life-affirming interventions that we need to support.



Leyu Negussie

leyu@hopehaiti.org


Leyu is 16 years old and lives in Washington DC. She is interested in global justice and economic development. She believes that it is important and necessary to work towards finding ways to reach a universal goal of equity. She believes global justice and economic equality is necessary to achieve world peace. From the smallest everyday contributions, to the bigger scale actions, she believes that there are always ways to improve global justice and equality. Therefore, she engages in activities such as S.E.E. Haiti and LearnServe to promote her beliefs. In her free time, Leyu enjoys writing, art, particularly drawing and painting, and athletics.



Nina Saaty
nina@hopehaiti.org

Nina is a junior at Sidwell Friends School. She is very passionate about global justice because she feels like it is a responsibility and privilege of those with access to resources, education and other special opportunities to help engage the world. She loves people as well and think’s that the connections you make to others is the most valuable thing one can have. Nina plans to foster the connections to the community in Borgne who inspire her. Some things she likes to do include hanging out with friends and family, playing sports, photography, travel and listening to music. 


Lili Sundberg
lili@hopehaiti.org

Lili is the third generation of social activists in her family committed to improving family health and learning from the phenomenal leaders in the community of Borgne, Haiti.  Lili, currently living in Zaragoza Spain, seeks to spread awareness about the needs and successes of Borgne as well as photos of Haitian beauty.  Lili, like the other members of the S.E.E. Youth Board, is an 11th grader who fell in love with Borgne at first sight. 


Patrick Newcombe
Patrick@hopehaiti.org

Patrick is passionate about global economic development and believes in the importance of public policy. He is an avid birder, which encourages him to combine economic development with environmental health and sustainability. He is motivated by the idea that developed nations can invest in peoples' ideas in developing economies. In his birding community, he brings together Maryland birders with a Costa Rican community center by organizing an ecosystem-education project with binocular and bird-book donations that he hopes will introduce kids to the growing ecotourism sector. Patrick is a junior at Sidwell Friends School and Caroline D. Bradley scholar. 

Sadie McClean 
Sadie@hopehaiti.org

Sadie is a junior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. She spends her summers in Canada canoe tripping through the remote wilderness. She is very enthusiastic about wildlife conservation and the environment. Sadie is very interested, as well, in global development and social justice, she hopes that S.E.E. Ayiti she can contribute to the Borgne region by increasing access to medical care for its citizens.




Alyans Sante Borgne

Our Family Health and Medicine program at Alyans Sante Borgne hopsital (ASB) has become recognized as one of rural Haiti's most successful community health models, delivering services to a geographically dispersed population of 80,000. H.O.P.E. provides the management and core operating funding for this hospital partnership, and engages outside partners to provide vital resources and funding. One of the main strengths of this health model is the diversity of its clinical facilities, which include A.S.B. hospital and dental clinic in the village of Borgne, and a satellite hospital in Tibouk, with mobile clinics bringing services directly to people in more remote areas who may have a difficult time reaching town. The health model also integrates clinical care with prevention activities in every household through a broad, far-reaching volunteer program. 

Services offered through A.S.B.’s health programs include:

  • Labor & Recovery
  • Nutrition Clinic
  • Surgical Services 
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • HIV/AIDs and STI Screening and Treatment
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccinations
  • Blood Bank
  • Dental/Oral Health


If you're an individual, group, or organization interested in sponsoring A.S.B. hospital, 
please contact asmythe@hopehaiti.org to learn more.