For our School Charity, Hope Health Action is one of the charities we have been supporting regularly since 2016. Since we first started supporting them we have donated over £10,000. This is far beyond the amount we had expected to raise. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to raising this amazing amount.
The money has been spent on many different aspects to support the charity’s work in Haiti, and the Maison de Benediction in particular.
We have funded refurbishment of buildings, bought incubators and are currently raising money to buy a much needed truck to replace the very elderly one they currently use. We have also sent our very own Miss Luker to Haiti to see where our money has been spent. She travelled with members of St Paul’s church including one of our governors, Claudia Huwendiek. They were able to get involved in some of the day to day activities of the centre during the two weeks there.
We left Kingston on Friday morning and arrived in Cap-Haitien on Saturday afternoon, after a night in Miami. Sunday was a visit to the citadel, which is the only sight in northern Haiti. To get there you still have to walk up a steep hill in 30C heat. Monday, the work in the Maison and hospital truly started. Over the next week we:
cleared out 2 store rooms, where we encountered a rat
cleaned the pool in the Maison and made a pool cover
improved internet connection for the admin staff, so they can call abroad better
painted 1 store room and added a door
moved Miss Nancy's office into the newly painted store room
painted the old office, ready to be used as a class room
cleared and cleaning the garden
demolished a concrete pillar in the rehab garden
repaired the sensory path and shade area
Miss Luker gave English lessons in the chapel each afternoon
Mrs Bell and Mrs Coupland joined the hospital pastor on his round visiting patients and families, supporting them and praying for them
engaged the children in arts, crafts and play activities each afternoon
painted a wall and the windows in the common room, back in the volunteer village
packed over 300 home birthing kits to be used by traditional birth assistants
ran errands in town, when the van broke down and had to be jump started by the ambulance
Thanks to your fundraising we were able to pay for any materials needed as well as a fridge and new cooker for the Maison kitchen. We had each packed additional 6-7kg in our luggage: arts and craft materials, lots of foam stickers, shelving unit, medical equipment, soap - even flour and salt to make play dough!
Some of the fund raising activities we have done are: spell-a-thons, sponsored house events, Christmas crafts to be sold at the school fair, retiring offerings after end of term services, a sleep-over in the school hall and an evening of awe and wonder about the stars.
During Miss Luker’s visit to Haiti, she was able to see first-hand the realities of life at the Maison de Benediction. After travelling in (and pushing up hills) the current truck, she felt it would be great if our next focus of fund raising would be in aid of raising money to replace it. So far the children at St Paul’s have raised £1505.72 towards this goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this via the truck appeal. If you wish to make a donation to this much needed truck, please speak to Miss Luker.
We hope you enjoy looking at some of the photos of our most recent activity - An Evening of Awe and Wonder – and watch this space for details of our next activity.
Alongside our support for Hope Health Action, it is important to the school to be supporting other groups, both in the UK and around the world. More information about the variety of charities we support can be found in our weekly newsletter or on the community cohesion wall at school.
Hope Health Action visitors meeting with school staff at St Paul's Church
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