In the early 1960s, when the founders of the International Child Care Jim and Virginia Snavley visited Haiti for the first time they were shocked to witness the sight of dying children in the street from malnutrition, tuberculosis and many other illnesses. They felt God's call to stand by these destitute and opened a small clinic--this is how Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic began. For the last 40 years, Grace Children's Hospital has served millions of individuals who came to its door regardless of every circumstance, belief and background. In the beginning there were a handful of beds with limited facilities but gradually the support and capacity began to grow with the thanks to the help of International Child Care, Churches, General Board of Global Ministries and individuals. After the 2010 earthquake, in addition to its continuing regular programs on inpatient and outpatient departments, the hospital served as the main food and water distribution center.
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Hospitals in the West Departement, near Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic :
Centre Hospitalier Du Sacre Coeur
Diquini Hospital - (Adventist Hospital)
Hopital Asile Francais d'Haiti
Hospital Bernard Mevs
Hospital de la Trinité,
Hospital de l'Université d'État, Port-au-Prince
Hospital de Canapé Vert, Port-au-Prince
Hospital Saint-Damien (Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs), Tabarre
Hospital Saint-François de Sales
Hospital St Louis(Doctors without borders (MSF), French)
Here is a picture of some innocent school children in Haiti
There is one group of Haitians who doesn't believe that election in Haiti will do anything for them. This group, although considered to be the largest group of the population, has always been ignored in so many aspects. This is the group where you will find the highest rate of unemployment, the highest rates of violence, the highest rate of imprisonment and also the highest rates of death. Most of the youth in Haiti have seen a hard life. They are the youth of Haiti
As legislative, presidential, and local elections approach later in 2015, one segment of the population will not bother to show up at the ballot box, its youth.
Young people want to elect their representatives, but are aware politicians could care less about their views. They suffer more unemployment, violence, incarceration, and death than other age groups.
Haitian well-to-do and moderate-income citizens dismiss youth as thugs and think they possess little value to society.
Several cases of Haitian mothers found to be abandoning their children in hospital in Dominican Republic.
Dominican Hospitals tasked with finding Homes for Abandoned Children
Haitian mothers are deserting their children at Dominican hospitals. Arturo Grullon Hospital Director, Dr. Morel, says the hospital must take care of the children while CONANI looks for foster families or an orphanage.
She says mothers bring in a sick child, get them admitted, and then flee, never to return. She adds new policies will be implemented for Haitian mothers bringing in sick children, to stop the practice of child abandonment.
Here is the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe taking the time to fix the tie of a child.
Through his business connections, he gained entry into the political and social world of Haiti, and in time was appointed Special Advisor to Haiti's President Martelly. Lamothe quit his businesses to avoid any improprieties, resulting from conflicts of interest. In 2011, at former President Bill Clinton's invitation, Lamothe co-chaired with Clinton the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti. Shortly thereafter he accepted an appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti.
In 2012, Martelly nominated Lamothe for Prime Minister. He easily won approval from Parliament, 19 to 3 in the Senate and 62 to 3 in the Chamber of Deputies. He was installed on May 4, 2012.
At the recommendation of the Consultative Committee and Martelly's request, Lamothe tendered his resignation to help pave the way for a new government to be formed at the demands of the increasingly powerful opposition.
Here is Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with two two young children.
Prime Minister Lamothe Accomplished and Energetic
Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was born August 14, 1972 in Port-au-Prince, member of a cultured and educated family. After completing his basic education in Haiti, he earned a political science degree in Miami at Barry University (1996). He continued on to graduate school at Miami's Saint Thomas University and achieved his master's in business management.
After completing his studies he launched Global Voice Group, a telecommunications company, which has achieved international prominence as a foremost provider of technological solutions. His contributions to the telecommunications industry soon earned him a nomination in an entrepreneur-of- the-year category.
Here is a picture of two Children of Haitian descent as they are being deported from the Bahamas. These children are not Haitians and have never been to Haiti. They were born in the Bahamas from Haitian families who are in the country illegally.
Children Of Haitian Descent Handcuffed Deported From Bahamas.
While viewing the images of the children of Haitian descent, being sent cuffed to ordered out of the Bahamas, Daphne Campbell, a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, has given her strong response to the act. She has condemned it as unfair, injustice and cruel. Punishing an innocent child whose only knowledge is that of the Bahamian soil, and separating him from own family and deported to another country which he has never seen, is totally inhumane. This new policy attempt by the Bahamian authority to curb illegal immigrants in the country, has caused much dissent among the Haitian activists. As per Campbell's statement, until something is done to resolve the issue, all industries should ban the Bahamas.
These innocent children probably feel humiliated as they are walking and apprehended by an immigration officer in the Bahamas. They have become the center of attention as the many in the neighborhood are stopping what they are doing to watch.
As I recollect, It their age, I was very proud and this would have been devastating to me.
Remember, these children have done nothing wrong
Here is a picture of several Haitian Children being taken into immigration custody in the Bahamas without their parents. One can imagine what is going on in the mind of these innocent children as the see authorities taking them to an unknown place without their loving parents.
These children were born in the bahamas by Haitian parents with no status. As a result, these children are citizens of the Bahamas but are treated as illegal immigrants, just like their parents. They are taken into immigration custody.
New Immigration policy In Bahamas least to detention of Haitian children
The new Bahamian policy that so widely affects the Haitian population living there is reminiscent of the country's history of xenophobic behavior towards foreigners in general and Haitians in particular. The recent raids to round up illegal Haitians in the Bahamas was similar to the 1967 clamp down undertaken by the government that led to the deportation of many Haitians. The potential impact for the Haitian community there now will be vast, as, in the capital of Nassau alone, some 50,000 Haitians reside.
Here is a picture of several children neatly dressed in school in the region of Boucan Carre.
Before 2004, the town of Boucan Carre did not have much in term of facilities such as schools and others.
Thanks to the work of many outreach organizations all over the world, it now has a few schools and a church built by outreach and aid programs in Haiti.
Haiti's New Youth Orchestra Inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema
President Martelly officiated at the first performance of the Orchestra of the National Music Institute of Haiti (INAMUH) in Hinche. The audience watched a performance given by children from the Hinche training academy.
The launch of INAMUH occurred in Jacmel with Venezuelan President Canino present, whose El Sistema youth orchestra is the prototype for Haiti's new youth orchestra.
Four centers of INAMUH have been established in Haiti: Hinche, Jacmel, and two in Port-au-Prince.
Here is a picture of daily life in Bellevue La Montagne. You are looking at 1st-6th grade children walk 2 by 2 up to Bellevue Mountain.
Bellevue La Montagne is situated in Ouest region of Haiti. Its geographical coordinates are 18° 28' 0" North, 72° 17' 0" West.
This picture was taken by Megan who at the age of 24, quit her job, sold everything and started a non profit Respire Haiti in Gressier