Anyone who has travelled as a mission trip volunteer knows well how life changing it can be. The person who travels receives much more than expected but the aim is always to serve and empower people in need. Several trips have been made during the past few months.
In January, a medical team from the UK ran six clinics at Hope Christian Academy, seeing an estimate of 650 children and a clinic at the local church with a further 70 people from the community. All school children had their eye tested, were weighed, measured and growth plotted on their medical records.
As a result of this:
- 40 children were identified as malnourished and a breakfast club for these children has started.
- 10 people were identified with very poor eyesight – Eye Doctor consultation fee and glasses for these children were paid for by team funds. A serious eye condition was diagnosed and successfully treated preventing blindness.
As one of the volunteers stated, “as this medical trip is now into its third year, it was very rewarding to see the positive changes that have been made following on from the previous clinics. One example of this was a young boy for whom I was plotting a growth chart. In 2016, he was underweight and his family was identified to Yvrose as people who would benefit from additional food supplies. This year his weight is now proportional to his height; one example of the success achieved.”
We couldn’t have completed all this Medical work without the hardworking volunteers and the invaluable LATA and Cuckfield and Lindfield Rotary Club (England) collaboration. They supported us with the translators (vital for doing the clinics) and the medicines, respectively.
In February, an UK drama team built confidence and skills with the young people producing a musical version of Ruth, which included over 60 hand-made costumes for each performer. For most it was the first time acting. They embraced learning their lines, songs and parts with enthusiasm. Parents were astonished and very proud of their performance.
In March we also had The Project Haiti team of 35 medical students from The University of Florida, based at Haitian Christian Mission. They delivered dental care to the kindergarten children, coated the children’s teeth and identified any that needed further dental care.
We want to thank all the volunteers and organisations who contributed in different ways with such a passion and servant heart.