February 10, 2010

Three Updates: Reflections and Reports

We continue to receive reports from friends and acquaintances and partners who are still in the field in Haiti. We want to share three of those stories today.

A Surgeon's Reflections, Written on a Plane Returning from Haiti

Dick Furman, M.D. -- Samaritan's Purse

            ...I don't know how their memories will affect me as time goes on.  But now it is difficult not to compare them with life, as we know it.  They will not sleep in their homes because of the after quakes.  At night they still cry out and moan and wail.  The stench remains in the air as you drive by building that collapsed.  And then there are the patients that survived and we operated on who are in despair with nowhere to go and loved ones dead.  We had our surgical team meeting this morning after which I made my last walk through the hospital and left patients I will remember for the rest of my life.  I am on the plane flying home as I think back over what was the most horrific time I have ever experienced in my life.  I have never seen such suffering.  I have never seen so many people go through so much sorrow. 

            It surely looked different on TV.  Watching it, you could get the feeling of what the earthquake was like.  You could get a feel of the destruction of buildings and houses and stores.  You could even get some insight into the terrible devastating feeling the people are going through.  But until you have examined a patient who was in the kitchen while her husband and four children were in the next room, who felt her third floor apartment begin to shake and sway and less than sixty seconds later; her family was dead and she had a slab of concrete roof lying on her legs and pelvis  -  until you are a part of that, you can't really understand what it was all about.  We operated on her and for the next week, every time I examined her at her bedside she would begin shaking her head and begin weeping.  Last night, my last night in Haiti, I left our quarters and slipped down to the hospital just before going to bed and prayed at her bedside, gently placing my hand on her head.  I didn't know how to pray, what to ask.  I realized we had done everything medically which could be done and only God's love for this woman could give her any comfort.  Our surgery was going to be successful.  The physical part of her problem would be healed but that part of her desperation was minimal to her over-all suffering.  So I prayed a verse, which came to mind.  I prayed that God would give her a peace that surpasses all human understanding that would guard her heart and her mind through Jesus Christ during this terrible time in her life.  I finished my prayer and stood by her bed and just looked at her hardened face and thought of what she has been through and wondered how long she would suffer before she realized the peace of God.

            I walked through the other wards.  Most of the patients were asleep.  I could not speak Creole nor understand it.  I would stop at the foot of certain beds and give a nod at a particular patient I had gotten to know in a very unusual way.  They didn't try to speak.  I would stand a few minutes looking at them and ask God to give them that same peace that only he could give.  I would just touch their foot or pat their leg and stand with them a moment just to let them know that even though I wouldn't see them again here on earth, I cared. 

            I stopped at the first ber in the second ward.  He had pulled his sheet up over his face.  I wanted him to see me but didn't want to awaken him even though he was one of my favorite patients.  He was a large man; a policeman, in his mid thirties.  We had put some metal pins through his broken bones on his right leg and then stabilized it with an external brace.  He had a wife and two young daughters.  His wife was giving the girls a bath when the quake hit.  For two days, the he was trapped, not knowing whether his wife and children were alive or not.  Even when some men found him and pounded the concrete off his body to free him, he did not know.  He didn't know for sure they had died until he looked back at the rest of the house and realized the slab of roof had completely crushed the bathroom portion of his home.  He had been with us three days in the hospital but didn't speak much to anybody.  I can only imagine what keeps going through his mind.  I can't imagine how I would react if my wife and all my children were suddenly taken away from me. 

            And a few beds down were the man with the little three-year-old boy who had lost part of his arm.  The man's wife and two children had died in the quake.  He kept telling me through the interrupter that his wife was thirty-two years old.  Thirty-two he kept saying. I remember him sitting and holding his boy all day in his lap as if he wanted to make certain he didn't loose him.  We had tried to discharge him earlier in the day but he had no money and nowhere to go.  At least at the hospital they received one meal a day.  We needed his bed for other patients but yet couldn't make him leave for some reason...

(Dick has a longer reflection of multiple patients. These were just some stories that remind you of the families torn apart in a moment's time.)

Reflections from a Clinical Research Nurse Trainer, Vanderbilt University -- at GHESKIO Clinic: Port au Prince

by Janet Nicotera, RN BSN

I want to let you know I am alive and well at GHESKIO. The main building the one built more than 20 yrs ago when our collaboration began is not safe but that has not stopped the work. Administration moved, research trial patients are seen outside under the trees and every inch is utilized. Two field hospitals are also on the university side so it sounds a lot like the TV show MASH all day. We have almost 6000 refugees, 1000 under 5 yrs old. I had not put my bags away and Dr. Pape had given me three new tasks..I love that about him. We are currently preparing for two post op sites and another research site so patients can have more access to care. Life goes on here. I am so grateful to be with these amazing people and learn from their tenacity.
Best, Jan

From Save the Children, a HTHH Beneficiary of Haiti Disaster Relief Funding (as of 2/10/2010)

Reading Material: SC produced this prior to the earthquake assessing the needs of Haiti last Fall, October 2009 -- Modernizing Foreign Assistance, Insights from the Field: Haiti

Our efforts in Haiti continue to make a big difference for families and children. The mass food distribution which we are managing with the World Food Program at 2 of the 19 locations in Port au Prince continues to go well (target 280.000 beneficiaries). The Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) center and helpline was set up over the weekend at the UN logs base and is now operational as child separation and protection remain key concerns. Community registration workers were trained and began registering children in Port-au-Prince on Sunday in coordination with UNICEF, IRC and ICRC. Fully operational sub-offices in Leagone and Jacmel have been established to support our growing response in those areas. Further sub-offices in Petit Goave and Port au Prince are being established. With rains imminent, the distribution of shelter material and the establishment of planned settlements still remain among the main priorities for assistance, with sanitation and control of vector-borne diseases becoming a major concern at many temporary sites.

General Updates:

* The Government of Haiti reports that the death toll may be as high as 200,000 people, with an additional 300,000 people injured by the quake.

* To date, seven organized settlements have been established for 42,000 displaced people, with an additional 460,000 in spontaneous settlements throughout PAP.

* The Ministry of Education is in the process of assessing 6,000 schools and estimates that over 400,000 children are displaced.

Our most recent activities are as follows:

Total number of beneficiaries reached so far: 297,591

Total number of beneficiaries we intend to reach: 800,000

Non Food Items (NFIs)/Shelter:

* SC has reached a total of 9,611 families with NFIs to date. 500 families in Leogane and 511 families in Jacmel were provided with blankets, hygiene kits and other NFIs in the last three days.

* SC shelter activities will be scaled up in the coming weeks, with an interagency assessment to identify tent sites in Jacmel already underway.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH):

* To date, SC WASH interventions have reached more than 60,000 people. This includes the construction of 156 emergency latrines, 90 bathing areas, and hand washing facilities at 20 latrines.

* Additionally, the first of an expected 150 WASH facilities was installed at a Child Friendly Space on Monday.

* SC is leading an inter-agency WASH assessment in 5 districts in Leogane and conducted training for mass hygiene promotion activities set to begin this week in Port-au-Prince.

Health and Nutrition:

* 14 SC mobile health teams have seen a total of 10,630 patients at 45 locations to date. This includes 2,760 people in Port-au-Prince, 1,143 people in Leogane and 6,727 people in Jacmel. Additionally, SC health agents are equipped with oral rehydration solution to treat cases of diarrhea.

* SC health teams completed MUAC screening for 125 children, of which 7 were found to have severe acute malnutrition and 13 had moderate malnutrition. Additionally, SC, in collaboration with Ministry of Health, completed a measles vaccination campaign along with MUAC screening in Jacmel.

*SC is leading the infant and child feeding program at the national level and is supplying safer breast milk substitutes (BMS) for infants who cannot be breastfed.

Child Protection:

* The Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) center and helpline was set up over the weekend at the UN logs base. Community registration workers were trained and began registering children in Port-au-Prince on Sunday in coordination with UNICEF, IRC and ICRC.

* The sector specific in-depth assessment is being conducted this week in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel by SC trained volunteers. 10 additional staff will be trained for an upcoming assessment in Leogane.

* SC also held a two day workshop for CFS trainers, with 70 participants from 25 organizations.


* So far, SC food distributions have reached over 120,000 beneficiaries, including 72,000 children. This number will continue to increase as distributions in Port-au-Prince continue over the next week.

* SC distributed 25kg bags of rice to 1,700 families daily over the weekend in each of the two locations, Martissant and Tabarre, as part of the 14-day World Food Program collaboration.

* The cash programming learning group led by SC is being officially recognized by the Early Recovery cluster and Cash for Work programming is expected to begin this week.


*Of the 29 schools that were a part of SC's Rewrite the Future Campaign, 5 were totally destroyed, 14 were partially affected with varying levels of damage, 8 were not structurally affected and information was unavailable for 2. Only one of these schools has started to function.

* SC will conduct assessments in 4 zones in Leogane to identify sites for temporary learning spaces.


* Wellness sessions with staff members continue and a long-term strategy will be issued soon.

* Additionally, 70 tents, 300 sleeping bags and 300 sleeping mats for national staff arrived in Port-au-Prince on Friday, providing some much-needed relief.



February 8, 2010
by Bill Frist

The work in Haiti continues, and there are still so many suffering. It is difficult to see if help is actually getting through at times with so much devastation and need. If you've followed my blog and twitter feed, you read some of the amazing things that have happened down there during this short time. There are hundreds of stories like these, but I wanted to share one with you now and thank the efforts of so many to make at least one success story.

I traveled to Haiti with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, who had their first physician on the ground on January 13. Their work was tremendous and immediate. While I was there, they had built up to a 55-person Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), of which 21 were medical professionals. That number has only continued to grow since.

We quickly found that the orthopedic needs were tremendous. There were so many fractures and orthopedic injuries, that the supplies were quickly running out. Through our network, Dr. Dick Furman of Samaritan's Purse collected a list of needs, and we shared them on the web. As a result, we were able to connect with a major orthopedic manufacturing company named Synthes who donated all the supplies that were needed, including:

Small fragment sets (3.5 mm screws)
Large fragment sets (4.5mm screws)
External fixators--large size rods, metal connectors, and Shantz screws

After the call was put out for needs, Synthes quickly responded, sending a large cargo plane down to Port Au Prince full of needed supplies, both for Samaritan's Purse and others in the field. Because of the efforts of the dedicated staff at Synthes, I am certain that many more Haitians are on their way to recovery from the physical scars of this terrible tragedy.

I think this story is one of many going on currently, and I am going to try to find more to share with you. You can see that thanks to the power of the internet, desperate needs were identified and met very quickly, and lives were saved.

Keep your thoughts, prayers and efforts focused on Haiti. The need is great, and will continue to be for quite some time.

**Hope Through Healing Hands donated $5,000 to Big Kenny's Love Everybody, LLC to support the medical and trauma services he and his team provided in Haiti.

by Cindy Watts

The Tennessean Blog

Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin was in the Charlotte, N.C., airport flying home to Nashville from a gig when he saw the news - a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had struck Haiti. Capital city Port au Prince was in shambles. More than 100,000 people were presumed dead.

Alphin immediately called Jeanne Ratterman. Her husband, Alphin's friend Walt Ratterman, had been in Port au Prince since Jan. 2.

The news - no news.

Ratterman is a Washington-based specialist in renewable energy who travels all over the world - including with Alphin to Sudan - promoting the technology to war-torn countries and impoverished nations. On the day of the earthquake, he was in a business meeting at Hotel Montana in Port au Prince. He had e-mailed Jeanne at 4:45 p.m. The earthquake hit about eight minutes later.

"I thought. ‘Of all the dudes I know that could take care of himself wherever, that dude could,' " Alphin said. "I just kept thinking he was going to show up out of the blue, and the only reason people hadn't heard from him was because he was pulling other people out."

But Alphin got home and still there was no word from his friend. So the singer (half of country duo Big & Rich) assembled a search-and-rescue team. They returned empty-handed.

"Monday the 11th, I (had gotten) an e-mail from him," Alphin said. "This was the day before the earthquake. The e-mail said, ‘Kenny, I've been thinking a lot about you lately. I'm looking forward to seeing you, and I've been thinking a lot about life. I've come to the conclusion that, other than family being the most important thing, I figure the most important things in life are helping other people and music, and I guess that's why the two of us met up.' "

So on January 20, eight days after the quake, Alphin went to Haiti to look for Ratterman himself. What he found there shook him to the core.


‘Gringos, you will be killed'

Alphin and a crew of five, including his brother, Christian, flew from Nashville to Miami and then to the Dominican Republic. They caught a ride with a bus full of doctors, driving all evening and into the night. They slept a few hours on the floor of a warehouse, and in the morning the bus took them to the Haitian border.

"We proceeded to try and flag down a pickup," Alphin said. "We found one and started throwing our stuff in the back. This other doctor, still in his surgeon greens, shows up in another pickup, and he's like, ‘You will not ride in a back of a pickup. Gringos, you will be killed.' I said, ‘I will not be killed. I'm going that way.'

"There were a lot of people at the border, pressing, trying to get into the Dominican Republic, trying to get to safety or water or food. (The doctor) said, ‘Wait a minute. Just sit there.' "

The doctor managed to find the group a ride in a pair of Dominican ambulances headed into Port au Prince to pick up the injured. They dropped Alphin and his crew at the entrance to the Chinese embassy. Eventually, a Haitian embassy driver and his sister agreed to transport Alphin and his team to the hotel.

"They piled all of our stuff in these cars and drove us through the city of collapse," Alphin said. "She slowed down in front of her church, which looked like it was half crumbled, so I could see to the back of it where there was a school that housed 2,000 kids. That was flattened. I've got nothing in my lifetime to compare what it looked like. Maybe Hiroshima. There was rubble everywhere."

‘When I'm looking for her son, this is what I see'

At the hotel, Alphin saw a man in a Fairfax County vest. A Virginia native, Alphin knew that meant Virginia Task Force 1, one of the premier search-and-recovery teams in the U.S.

"The fellow turns around, and I introduce myself," Alphin said. " ‘Hi, I'm Big Kenny, and I have a friend here.' ... They showed me all the tunneling they had done and directed me into the tunnels and told me to go as far as I wanted to go. He wanted me to see they were doing everything humanly possible to get people out of the building."

Alphin said the wreckage of the Montana was populated with international search teams, all looking for survivors from their own countries. But really, they were operating a morgue.

"As of the time I was down there, over 70,000 bodies were buried outside the city," he said. "I would not (hesitate) to say, just from driving though the city, that tens of thousands were burned in the street, because the stench is so bad. The morgues were full. The hospitals were full.

"There's probably a quarter of a million people dead there. There were 2,500 killed in the Twin Towers - (this is) a hundred times the catastrophe that we as a country experienced in the Twin Towers."

Alphin and his team slept that night on mats in what used to be the hotel parking lot. The next day, more people started showing up in search of loved ones. One man asked Alphin for tools so he could dig into the structure himself to find his family. And then, as the singer sat on his sleep mat, he was approached by a woman looking for power tools.

"She was a mother who had been in the hotel with her husband, 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old son," Alphin said. "She had her daughter, and saw walls crumble between her and husband and son. She and her daughter made it out.

"I sat with her for a while and got all the specifics I could about her family, so if we found them or anything came up related to them, I could tell her."

Then Alphin headed into the wreckage of the hotel. "I do everything I can do until it overcomes me, and I let it overcome me, and then I go back (into the rubble)," Alphin said, tears welling up again.

"If it was my child in there, I would stop everything and move heaven and earth, and I don't think anyone's child is any different," he said. "My boy is 4 years old and her boy is 4 years old. When I'm looking for her son, this is what I see." Crying in earnest now, Alphin pulled out his cell phone to display a picture of his own son. "I was going to make sure she got her boy back."

‘Let's go get it'

While Alphin was working at the Montana, word started circulating about a nursing home that served the poor that had collapsed. There were said to be 85 survivors, and they had been without food and water for more than a week.

When Alphin got there, a camp for displaced people had sprung up in front of the nursing home. Instead of 85 people, there were more than a thousand.

"People are scared to get out of their vehicles at this point," Alphin recalled. "Kids jump on your car and grab things, but they just want something to eat.

"I find the guy who says he is the head of this nursing home, and I'm speaking in broken French, but I have a translator. He says he has no food and no water. I said, ‘Let's go get it.' "

The nursing home operator told Alphin that it was Saturday night, so no food was available. He didn't buy it. The man tried to get Alphin to just give him money to buy food, but he didn't like that idea either.

"After this Caribbean negotiation that goes on for an hour, we take off and head down into the slums, and I see bags of fruit sitting on the sides of the road," Alphin said. "You get down into the slums and it's just a like a farmers' market in a pigsty - and I raised pigs growing up, so I know what pigsties look like and smell like, and this is a farmers' market in a pig sty. People are just doing their all, just fighting to sell what they can sell."

Alphin and his team bought 10 burlap sacks of cooking coal, baskets of fruit, 350 pounds of rice, 250 pounds of beans and cooking oil, all from different vendors, and took it all back to the nursing home.

"I don't know anybody who would walk with me in there right now, and that's what this place needs - someone to walk amongst the people and help them out," Alphin said. "I got down on my knee and sang ‘Amazing Grace' to them and left and went back to the Hotel Montana. That needs to be done about 10,000 more times."

‘I still maintain hope'

Toward the end of Alphin's stay in Haiti, earth-moving equipment arrived at the hotel, and workers had begun opening up portions of the wreckage that seemed likely to have pockets where people might have survived.

"The last couple of voids that we broke into, from 200 yards away you could just smell (human decay)," Alphin said. "That's a crazy thing."

By the time Alphin left Haiti, the hotel site was no longer considered a search-and-rescue mission. It had been turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers as a recovery effort.

Alphin recognizes that two weeks is about the extent of how long a person can survive without food and water, but still he expects Ratterman to come strolling over and say, "Man, you look like you could use some help."

"I still maintain hope Walt is sitting in some cavity with food stores all around him, or he had enough granola bars stuffed in his pockets and he's just sitting there meditating," Alphin said. "If there was a guy that could survive, it's him."

At press time, Ratterman still had not been found. Alphin plans to return to Haiti the first chance he gets. He wants to build a school in his friend's honor.

The mother's 4-year-old son and her husband were recovered Tuesday. Recovered, Alphin pointed out - not rescued.


January 25, 2010

Invisible Lives, a documentary scheduled to air worldwide January 26 at 20:30 GMT on BBC World, will be featuring the work of Save the Children.  In the documentary, Dr. Joy Lawn, a newborn health expert with Save the Children, travels to Nepal and Malawi to examine how these two countries, although worlds apart, are making progress in saving newborn lives. The documentary explores how these low-income countries are among the few on track to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 years of age by 2/3 by 2015 despite a myriad of obstacles.

Those who have satellite television or special cable may have access to the program on the BBC World Channel.  If you don't, there will be a free download to the video of the program on and after 26th January at www.rockhopper.tv


January 25, 2010

King's Hospital: Physicians helping physicians

by Bill Frist, M.D.

Just after our arrival at the Port au Prince airport, I met a volunteer medical team on the tarmac. They had supplies, but they were stranded at the airport with nowhere to go. They were awaiting UN directions and approval to leave.

We had just gotten off our plane and they saw my Samaritan's Purse hat and asked for help. We only had one truck so I told them I'd just received an email from King's hospital and that they were in dire need of help.

I said I would postpone our departure from the airport to have our truck take them immediately to King's hospital if they were willing. They were dropped off...

And then today, I received an email of thanks from the physicians Sylvia Campbell and Jeanne David. They noted that in the midst of all the sadness and pain there was hope - exemplified by the baby they delivered on the steps of the hospital immediately after they arrived.

This is just one story of hope and the fortuitous opportunity we had to help these women save the lives of many that day.


The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is hosting the second annual Tennessee Global Health Forum on February 12, 2010.

The Forum is being held at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center in Nashville, Tennessee and is bringing together individuals and organizations that are involved or hope to be involved in global health and development. The forum will address how sustainability fits into the arena of global health, offer lessons from leaders in international orgnazations based in Tennessee, help identify the existing and potential approaches to buliding sustainable programs in the Tennessee local area expanding to the global setting, and to explore and open up new doors to the successful methods that lead to sustaining global health programs.

Experiencing this forum, one can walk away with new ideas, methods, and applicable practices that will allow one to immediatley take action in global health, have the extra push to encourage others to engage in global health, connect themselves to the network of global health and development activists and importantly improve one's project right away.

The Forum is divided into two sessions: a morning "Roundtable Topic Discussion" and an afternoon "Lessons Learned". One can expect to hear from various speakers from areas of faith based organizations, health informatics, local volunteers, and Nonprofit organizations.  The forum is very participant driven in conversations and interactions with panels addressing topics such as, "when to let go: recognizing and acting on the need for change in organizational leadership" or "Cost recovery-is nonprofit, charitable health care a realistic and sustainable goal?.

To register and check out program information, visit www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/forum. Or one can call (615) 322-3974. With registration, indicate/select your top three selections for the morning roundtable discussion and the afternoon lessons learned session. Special dietary requests can be accommodated.


A Fundraiser to Benefit Hope Through Healing Hands


@ George

3251 Prospect St. NW Courtyard Washington, DC

9:00pm Minimum $25 donation / cover

**All proceeds will go directly to helping organizations on the ground in Haiti**


9:00 - 11:00pm: Open bar (liquor drinks) & cash bar for drink specials, beer and wine

After 11:00pm: Cash bar for drink specials and dancing 

 If you cannot attend, please consider donating:

Donate to HTHH's Haiti Fund

 Please spread the word to all friends and co-workers. 

 Hosts: Harrison Frist & Ashley Huff, Jonathan Frist, Chris Gorges, Hilary McArthur,

Jenny McGehee, Matt McInnis, Kathryn & David Murphy, Page Oelschig, Kelly Piper,

Conner Ryan, Will Speicher, Ryal Tayloe, Whit Walker, Heather Young

January 21, 2010

This is the latest update sent by USAID-DCHA to be released to the public.


At 0603 hours local time, a magnitude 5.9 aftershock occurred 35 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, with the epicenter located near Petit Goâve town, Ouest Department, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 94,000 people experienced very strong shaking during the aftershock; however, the extent of the damages and injures currently remain unclear. According to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART), U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams are deploying to aftershock-affected areas, including Petit Goâve and Léogâne towns, to assess potential damages.

Following the aftershock, U.S. USAR teams began resurveying buildings to identify potential new open spaces created by the aftershock where survivors may be trapped and monitor building shifts.

On January 20, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) contributed an additional $20 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Emergency Operation for Haiti, increasing USAID/FFP's overall contribution to $68 million to date. At present, expedited commodity purchases are being organized.

1.20.10 USAID-DCHA Haiti-Earthquake Fact Sheet #8

January 20, 2010


Baptist Mission Hospital - Fermathe, Haiti

I just finished rounds. Here is the story of one young woman, Rouite Tisma:

She is a 16 year old schoolgirl still at school at 4:30.

The earthquake hit and the building crumbled around her, killing 6 others.

Dad, knowing she had stayed at school, went that night with flashlight and search for his daughter.  He told me he found nothing but piles of boulders and concrete where the school had been. Going from mound to mound, he called out her name ... Nothing but collapsed building. He helplessly called for hours wandering from pile to pile of building rubble.  Miraculously, she recognized his voice, and she responded from beneath 6 feet of rubble and concrete.  She called backed, hearing her Dad calling her name. It was pitch dark, but he directed his flashlight in the direction of his daughter's voice.  He spotted the back of her neck through the deep pile.  He told her that she would be alright.  He ran back to get his son to help remove her from the crushed debris.

Using just a shovel and pick, they worked to get her out. While buried, they could not get food or water to her because she was crumpled over and face down. On the third day, she was freed. Three days of father and son digging.

She was brought to hospital and waited for 24 hours. Her right leg was swollen and crushed. Fascitomy.  Left forearm swollen -- fasciotomy. No sensation in leg or hand and grossly swollen. But she is alive ... And thankful.

On rounds yesterday her appreciative Dad opened his Bible to John 3:16 and pointed it out to us.  It was in Creole so we, of course, couldn't read it.

Today she looks great and her brother was eager to help massaging her hands for physical therapy. 

This gives some feel to what we are doing and seeing in Haiti.


January 20, 2010

As of today, we have donated the funds raised from the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund to three different beneficiaries: Baptist Haiti Mission, Samaritan's Purse, and Save the Children totaling $35,000.

For more about these organizations, see our Beneficiaries page.

Thank you for your generous support.

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