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November 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents

Letter from the Director

Somebody call for a Doctor?

Hands On Learning

Fighting Cholera

Education Team

Student Sponsors

Wellness at School and Home

Birds and Bees

Team Building

Everyone Can Serve

Beyond Aid


Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Who’s your village?

My family and I moved to a new town a year and a half ago, leaving behind everything and everyone that we knew. Our new church quickly became our village. We encourage each other, challenge each other and care for each other. I love it.

When I marvel at the ways that the Lord works in this world, I see Him so clearly in the relationships that are forged between His people. I see Him in how quickly kindergarteners cement new friendships. I see Him at work in how He’s paired me with such an eclectic, fun and determined group of men and women to lead CCH’s ministries together. I know He’s the one who pulls together teams of volunteers who don’t know one another at all but then uses their unique gifts to work in miraculous ways in Haiti.  As we work and walk together, He’s using us to encourage each other, challenge each other and care for each other.
This Coalition is a village – it’s our village.

At CCH, we regularly celebrate what God is doing through the Coalition. I think we’re good at not taking that for granted. But we must also look ahead and prepare for what’s coming. We must ready ourselves now – because the work is far from done!   

I have this fire in my belly that tells me something special is happening here. The stories told in this newsletter reinforce that sense of anticipation. With a very grateful heart, I thank you for being a part of this work. And with a spirit of expectation, I challenge each of us to commit ourselves to being an active and generous participant in whatever is it God has planned for CCH – now and in the future. Find a way to stretch yourself a bit further – do a bit more. There are needs and opportunities specified in these pages. Are you ready?

– Clark Seipt
Executive Director, CCH


HEALTHCARE

Did Somebody Call for a Doctor?

We want to shout from the rooftops how much we love our healthcare volunteers! Since our July newsletter, 5 teams of doctors, nurses, and students have changed lives in Haiti. Teams led by Dr. Eunghwan Kim (Dentistry), Dr. Nancy Eisele (Ophthalmology), Dr. Lori Dabinett (OB-GYN), Dr. Suzanne Yoder (Pediatrics) and Dr. Wayne Reichman (Vascular) worked tirelessly alongside CCH’s Haitian doctors and nurses to serve patients and provide healthcare training.

There are so many powerful stories from these past months at the clinic. Take 73-year-old Mr. Sanom (photo top left), for instance. He came to the CCH clinic with a hernia, which left him unable to support his family as a construction worker. Connecting with CCH, Mr. Sanom was not only able to understand his medical condition but also have it treated by competent, caring doctors and nurses at CCH’s Jim Wilmot Surgical Center. We’re pleased to report that he’s feeling better and back to work.

Interested to serve in our Clinic? Contact Audrey at audrey@cchaiti.org.

Left: Haitian nursing student, Ramonite (left), and US nurse, Jen Riley (right), prep their patient with an IV and some TLC. Of her experience in Haiti, Jen says, “Amazing place and people. They treat us like family while we are here.” Right: Dr. Kim with his dental patient, Nancy, who required multiple services and several visits.


Hands On Learning

by Carley Jackson (CCH Healthcare Intern, Summer 2017)

“From patients with broken femurs to paraplegic patients to stroke patients to patients still rehabilitating injuries from the earthquake in 2010, I have seen so much at the CCH Physical Therapy Clinic.  I worked side-by-side with Juberson (the PT) to evaluate new patients, gaining knowledge in PT, physiology, and designing treatment protocols. I have seen Barbo and Baker (the PT aides) use inventive treatment techniques, and have been able to assist them in their daily responsibilities. There are many things about the clinic that are different from anything I’ve ever seen.  The few machines they have are outdated, the clinic is so packed in the morning that patients share beds, but the quality of the treatment is outstanding considering the circumstances. The staff really cares about the patients, and the patients really work to get better.” You can read more on Carley’s blog, “clinics, creole, and coconuts.”


Prevention > Treatment

The end of summer ushered in the rainy season in Haiti, and with it, an increased threat of cholera–a water-borne disease. To anticipate the problem, CCH proactively trained 6 Haitian nurses (like the one in the photo, left) to provide cholera prevention training to an additional 4,000+ rural families in Southeast Haiti this fall. These nursses went out into rural communities and educated people on cholera and how they can protect themselves. Training families and communities in water sanitation practices will prevent many people from becoming sick and reduce the number who need treatment – saving money and lives.

CCH also distributed treatment kits with re-hydration salts, soap, and disinfectants so that people who contract the disease in rural areas can begin treatment at home right away instead of having to wait until they can be transported to a clinic. By year end, this initiative, sponsored in part by Brother’s Brother Foundation will have reached more than 66,000 families living in areas with limited access to healthcare.


EDUCATION

Exploding Volcanoes and the Teenage Brain

The intrepid heroes of the CCH  Education Team traveled to Haiti twice since our last newsletter. In July, they helped host a science & arts camp, and in October, they continued teacher trainings and screened rural students for vision problems. Summer camp highlights included: homemade volcanoes, geology lessons with solar viewing glasses, music lessons on recorders, strategy games like Othello, dramatic re-enactments of Haitian history and art class. And that was just for the students!

Teachers got to go to camp too where they learned about the teenage brain, classroom/time management skills, calendar math, the writing process, and how to incorporate scripture lessons into classroom activities.

In October, we made a big push for health and vision screenings at our 3 partner schools.  Teachers participated in 8 seminars on topics like: how and why to teach art, puzzles and games for brain stimulation, lesson planning, poetry, and large/fine motor development and how to spot delays.  We also dug into the complicated reasons why school attendance varies so much at our partner schools.  Dave Pierre (CCH’s Education Liaison) visited families of students who haven’t been coming to school to try and better understand the problems they face.

Student Sponsors Bring Learning to Life

In September, CCH’s Back to School Sponsorship Drive welcomed 16 new student sponsors.  Student sponsors like Barb Pugliese (pictured left) help students like Dachnaica, at Mt. Fleuri school with a monthly gift of $30 that subsidizes tuition, covers books, school improvements, health check-ups and a hot, protein-enriched meal every school day.
We celebrated all of our student/teacher sponsors and education volunteers with a luncheon hosted by Vienna Presbyterian Church.  CCH Education Liaison Dave Pierre participated in a Q&A session during the lunch, thanks to Zoom videoconferencing.
We know not everyone can travel to Haiti. CCH is blessed by a devoted group of education supporters who make these ministries possible – in a multitude of ways. Thank you!
If you want to get involved with the CCH Education Team and volunteer in the US or in Haiti, please contact Emmy Parker at emelieparker@gmail.com.  


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Wellness at School and Home

CCH’s focus on total wellness is a key pillar of our community development programs. One of the biggest impacts we’ve made towards wellness is serving students and families through school based health clinics. Three times a year, we bring our mobile clinic, doctors, and nurses (like the one pictured here) to each school and provide health check ups and medications for 400+ students. Parents come to the wellness clinics to network with other parents and discuss any concerns they’re seeing at home.

Many parents cannot easily come into the clinic in Jacmel; they’re so appreciative when we bring the clinic to them.
In October we expanded our services with vision screenings for the students and teachers. We caught several cases where prescription or reading glasses instantly improved their quality of life.

For a few students, we’ve caught serious health issues, like Marlange and Kenson. Marlange Alexis attended a wellness clinic at her school in October, and failed her vision tests. Dr. Nancy Eisele, a volunteer ophthalmologist, diagnosed her issue as a genetic one (also shared with her brother at the same school), and plans to return to Haiti and operate in the spring. (Read more of the story on our November blog.)

Kenson’s life-threatening heart condition was discovered during a wellness check too. CCH’s Dr. Francois knew that we couldn’t take on his surgical case, but worked together with our network of partners in Haiti to find help. Kenson’s dad says, “If it weren’t for CCH and the Haiti Cardiac Alliance, my son’s heart condition never would have been discovered and he wouldn’t have survived another year.” (Read more of the story on our August blog.)

But for every dramatic story like Kenson and Marlange, there are hundreds of regular families benefiting from these wellness clinics too. Parents are so grateful to find out what that rash is, or have ibuprofen at home for the next fever, or just be reassured that their children are healthy.


The Birds and the Bees

Our livestock and agriculture programs continue to lift up families and communities.  A honey extracting centrifuge was shipped to Haiti this summer and will be used to harvest honey from our 14 community behives around Jacmel.
School gardens are thriving. Junior Saint Louis is CCH’s Partnerships Liaison. He heads up our school garden program, which helps kids understand not only the importance of eating healthy but also how to grow their own food. Before school started this summer, Junior was tilling the soil and preparing garden beds at four of our CCH partner schools. Throughout the school year, Junior has been going to the schools and teaching 4-6th grade children about gardening. He starts in the classroom explaining techniques and concepts, then the class heads outside for hands-on experience to practice what they’ve learned. Fruits and vegetables from these school gardens help supplement the hot, protein-enriched lunches CCH provides for kids at school. And as a bonus, if we have a bumper crop they can take some home to share with their families.
In our livestock program we’re experimenting with raising ducks and geese in a new CCH-managed lot next to Isaiah House.  Families in partner communities can receive a one-time gift of livestock and plenty of follow up training to help feed their family and earn income. Check out Gifts for Good for how you can give a gift of goats, turkeys, chickens and more to a family in Haiti!


Team Building

“Gooooal!” is the same in every language thanks to international fervor for soccer. We were thrilled to welcome volunteers from the soccer teams of Shenandoah University and FC Shenandoah Elite club this summer. They ran a “girls empowerment” camp that taught soccer and celebrated team building both on and off the field. Girls who participated in the camp have been practicing weekly and are excited to welcome back the SU women’s soccer team for another camp in January 2018. We’ve seen these girls grow so much both in soccer skills, and in self discipline as they remain committed to the team.

Team Building was also a theme for the Summer Mission Project volunteers from Vienna Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches (Vienna, VA) in July. These high school and college students and adults battled the Haitian sun to help build new classrooms at Lavanneau school. They also ran a Vacation Bible School for students. Morgan Carson, a young adult from First Baptist Church says, “I often feel that I’m traveling to Haiti to help others, but truth be told, I feel like I receive all the blessings.”

JOIN THE COALITION

Everyone Can Serve

We celebrate how each one of you contributes in your own unique way to our mission. We want to thank everyone who:

  • Gave a donation or “Gift for Good
  • Came to Haiti as a volunteer
  • Attended or volunteered at a US event
  • Donated: recorders, hygiene kits, books, pill bottles, soccer equipment, OTC medications, fluoride treatments, or eclipse viewing glasses.
  • Sewed a dress or reusable pad for girls
  • Shared professional expertise with CCH’s board/staff/volunteers

We are all part of the Coalition! Please check out the infographic here for more ideas and opportunities to join us and make an impact.


Let’s Go Beyond Aid

For 26 years, CCH has focused on building long-term sustainable solutions, always in partnership and always with an emphasis on training. Why? Because we believe that empowering Haitians as agents of change is how real and lasting change is accomplished. Helping Haitians help themselves – that’s beyond aid.  
Support CCH with a year-end gift online, and your dollars will go beyond aid.


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June 2017 Newsletter

Community Coalition for Haiti Newsletter

June 2017

Transfome lavi, youn pa youn.  Transforming lives, one by one.

 


Dear Friend,

Can you believe we’re halfway through 2017? It seems like the time has flown by. But when we look back on what you’ve helped us accomplish, it’s quite a list!

Take a look at our headlines from this year so far, and click the “read more” links where you’re interested.

 

We’re glad you’re a part of the Coalition!

 

                                                    – All of us at CCH

 

Haitian mom, Loulouse, with her son and daughter at a school clinic

Dr. Francois examining studentStudent Wellness 

School-based health clinics

 
We just wrapped up our last round of School-Based Clinics for the 2016-17 school year, and we’re pretty excited about the results! More than 450 students at 3 rural schools received clinic visits 3 separate times during the year.  Doctors and nurses dispensed prescription medicines and referred patients to our primary care and surgical centers for needed follow-up care. Read more…

 

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Medical Professionals from the US and Haiti Serve Patients

 

CCH’s Primary Care, PT/Rehab and Surgical Clinics, combined, have treated nearly 5,000 patients in the first five months of 2017. In addition to our dedicated staff of Haitian doctors, nurses, and clinic staff, we welcomed 133 American volunteers who provided medical care with CCH, including our Summer Healthcare Intern, Carley Jackson, in-country right now!

 

What Happens after the Storm? 

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Ongoing Hurricane Matthew Recovery

 

Haiti was hit hard in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.  Thanks to your generosity, we’ve been working with partners to rebuild.  We are supporting a cholera treatment center, we’ve resupplied neighboring clinics, and distributed roofing materials and livestock to help people recover.  Watch our 2-minute video about hurricane relief and/or Read more…

 

 

Brother’s Brother Foundation Honored 

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BBF is 2017 Jim Wilmot Humanitarian Award Winner

 

Each year, CCH selects an individual or organization that embodies Jim Wilmot’s legacy of service. This year CCH named Brother’s Brother Foundation as the 2017 Jim Wilmot Humanitarian Award Winner.  In the last six months alone, BBF donated more than $200,000 worth of pharmaceuticals and 2 shipping containers of medical supplies to CCH, which we shared with 14 other healthcare centers in Haiti.

Read more…

 

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New Van Needed 

CCH Needs a new Passenger Van

 

We are saddened to inform you of a death in the CCH family… After years of faithful service, the White Van has taken her final voyage. We’re looking for a gently used 15 passenger diesel van that we can ship to Haiti to provide transportation for our volunteers.  Please contact Clark Seipt (clark@cchaiti.org) if you have any leads on buying or donating a vehicle for CCH.

 

 

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We’re Moving! 

PT Clinic Expands to Hospital Campus

 

We’re thrilled to announce that the CCH PT/Rehab Clinic is moving to the campus of Jacmel’s public Hospital St Michel (HSM), and expected to open in early fall.  This new-to-us clinic is larger than CCH’s current PT/Rehab Clinic, allowing for expanded services and patient flow. It’s location on the HSM campus enables hospital patients to have direct access to CCH’s outpatient services. Read more…

 

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Our CCH Education Team Continues to “Train the Trainers”

 

This year, we’ve helped partners publish “mother tongue” books, led 9 seminars for teachers and principals, provided training on 20 different topics from math manipulatives to carpentry. We’ve also worked with our 7 partner schools to celebrate progress and identify next steps.  Read more…

 

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CCH’s 4th Annual Benefit

 

On April 1st, CCH hosted its Annual Benefit and treated its 250 guests to a fantastic night of celebration! Event participants raised OVER $200,000 to support our shared mission of transforming lives, one by one. Check out our gala photo album on Facebook and/or our new video about the work we do, which debuted at the gala. 

 

 

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Volunteer of the Year 

Marilyn Whitehurst Wins Volunteer Award and Grant for CCH

 

Marilyn Whitehurst is a passionate CCH volunteer.  She has a pediatric medicine background and has volunteered with CCH’s healthcare and education initiatives.  Her employer, Becton Dickenson, has honored her and CCH with a volunteer award and $2,400 grant for wellness related activities. We’re delighted to celebrate her volunteer work and say THANK YOU for her service.  Read more…

 

NCP Grants 

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Presbytery Grants Support 2017-18 Wellness and Leadership Development

 

The Washington DC National Capital Presbytery has approved two grants to support CCH’s efforts in leadership development (with St. Andrews Presbyterian Church) and student and community wellness (with Vienna Presbyterian Church).  Read more…

 

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Leadership Development Retreat 

Inaugural CCH Retreat Asks Tough Questions

 

In May, CCH leadership from Haiti and the US convened a group of 39 community partners to explore the characteristics of bold Christian leadership in Haiti. Through a variety of facilitated exercises, participants identified and explored the question: “What do Haitian leaders need to make change?”  Please contact Clark Seipt (clark@cchaiti.org) if you or your church are interested in learning more or participating.  Read more…

 

Welcome New Staff 

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2 new staff members in the US and Haiti

 

Abby Gwaltney joined our U.S. staff in January as CCH’s Director of Communications & Outreach.  She manages communication efforts for the organization and also coordinates mission trips. 

 

Nazaire Leveillé just joined our staff in Haiti in June as the Community Development Liaison where he will nurture current and new relationships with partner communities.  Read more…

 

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Jim Wilmot Golf Tournament 

2017 Event is a Success

 
Thanks to our Jim Wilmot Memorial Fund Committee, Title Sponsors: Turner Construction, Clark Construction and Davis Construction, and Gold Sponsor Wilmot Sanz, our Golf Tournament on June 21st is a sellout event! Stay tuned for updates on this wonderful way to support the CCH Surgical Center, named in memory of our friend and supporter Jim Wilmot.

 

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4 Videos to Make Your Lunch Break Awesome

 

Check out new videos on CCH’s YouTube channel.

 

Walk With Us – This 6 minute professionally produced video tells the story of CCH’s impact in Haiti

2017 Gala Slideshow – See your favorite CCH staff, volunteers, and partners in action.

Hurricane Matthew Relief – Check out how you’ve helped CCH rebuild communities damaged by last year’s storm

Evergreen CCH Partnership – Learn about CCH’s school nutrition program

 

girl with hygiene kitNew Blogs 

Prefer to Read Over Lunch?  Check out our 2017 Blogs

 

CCH’s new website launched this year and we love our new blog feature.

 

Girl Power – women’s and girls’ healthcare and health education initiatives

Building Back Better – Reflections from Dr. Fred McGlynn

Volunteer Spotlight – Marilyn Whitehurst wins award and grant for CCH

 

 

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Healthcare Heroes 

Coming Soon to a Metropolis Near You

 

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s our intrepid

CCH Healthcare Heroes! 

 

This summer we’re focusing on healthcare services and sustainable funding for our CCH primary care, surgical, and physical therapy clinics.  Stay tuned for a fun opportunity to become a Healthcare Hero in July.

 


Hurricane Matthew Relief

Helping Rebuild Communities

Southwest Haiti was hit hard in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to your generous donations, CCH has been able to provide tangible relief to help communities rebuild. We’ve reopened and rebuilt a cholera treatment center serving Jacmel and surrounding areas. The rainy season and storm events usually cause an uptick in this waterborne illness. We’re making sure the cholera center has adequate staff and resources to treat patients in need.

We purchased and distributed 1,510 tin metal roofing sheets for 151 families to rebuild their homes around the town of aux Côteaux. The communities of aux Côteaux, Rodaille and Lafond are also going to receive a total of 200 goats because these areas lost over 50% of their livestock herds in the hurricane. We also distributed seeds and farming equipment through a partnership with ESKOADD (Ekip Solodarite Kominotè Aksyon Devlòpmam Dirab Aquin). That includes: 10 lbs. of okra seeds, 4.8 lbs. of Swiss chard seeds, 4 lbss of spinach seeds, 15 lbs of bean seeds, 12 watering cans, and 2 spray pumps.

Thanks to your generous giving, we’re able to help rebuild lives through this tangible support. Watch our short video on hurricane relief.


Brother’s Brother Foundation selected as the 2017 Jim Wilmot Humanitarian Award Winner

Jim Wilmot dedicated 32 years to building Wilmot/Sanz into one of the most respected healthcare design studios in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In 2009, Jim started working with CCH to design its healthcare facility in Jacmel – with the explicit purpose of transforming lives through service. He traveled to Haiti and voluntarily designed other structures that improved the lives of the poor. On his last trip to Haiti, Jim participated in construction of the CCH Clinic, helping to bring his design to life. Regrettably Jim died suddenly, before the facility was completed. CCH’s Jim Wilmot Surgical Center is named in his honor.

Each year, CCH selects an individual or organization that embodies the service, partnership and commitment to collaborative impact in which Jim’s life and legacy are anchored. At its 4th Annual Benefit on April 1st, CCH named Brother’s Brother Foundation as the 2017 Jim Wilmot Humanitarian Award Winner. BBF and CCH have partnered together to equip healthcare mission teams and their counterparts in Haiti with the supplies they need to serve the people they love. BBF’s tremendous contributions to CCH have helped us advance our mission in impactful ways. These include donations of surgical supplies to the Jim Wilmot Surgical Center; donations of pharmaceuticals and consumable supplies to the CCH Primary Care and Rehab Cneter; and donations of pharmaceuticals and consumables for Hurricane Matthew response. In the last six months alone, BBF donated more than $200,000 worth of pharmaceuticals and the better part of two 20’ containers of medical supplies to CCH. And CCH was not the only mission in Haiti to benefit. Because of BBF’s generosity, CCH was able to “share of its plenty” and distribute much-need pharmceuticals and supplies to 14 other healthcare centers in southern Haiti.

Thank you, Brother’s Brother Foundation. This honor is but a modest reminder of how grateful we are for you and your partnership!


Physical Therapy Clinic is Moving

Pack up those bands, crutches and parallel bars – we’re moving!

After many months of exploration and discussion, we’re thrilled to announce that the CCH PT/Rehab Clinic is moving to the campus of Jacmel’s public Hospital St Michel (HSM). The HSM, together with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health & Population (MSPP in French), which runs the public hospital system, has agreed to provide CCH with the space on campus – free of charge. The Healthcare Architecture Group of the US-based Baskervill architecture, design & engineering firm is partnering with CCH to design and renovate the new space. Planning is underway, and operations are slated to open in the new facility by early fall.

This new-to-us clinic is larger than CCH’s current PT/Rehab Clinic, allowing for expanded services and patient flow. It’s location on the HSM campus, adjacent to the new hospital’s Primary Care and Surgical wings, also enables direct access to CCH’s outpatient services by hospital patients. CCH and HSM have been working together since CCH first came to Jacmel in the days following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. This move is an important step towards strengthening our partnership in the near and longer term. Additional collaborative programs are already under discussion, including a desire for inpatient PT/OT services and a national training center for healthcare professionals.


Education Notes

Our CCH Education Team Continues to “Train the Trainers”

Our team of volunteer school teachers, administrators, and pastors continues to increase student learning in our 7 CCH partner schools. This year, we’ve: helped publish “mother tongue” books written by students, led 9 seminars for teachers and principals, provided training on 20 different topics from math manipulatives to carpentry, evaluated school communities and individual teachers at 4 partner schools to identify progress and next steps. Our volunteers even won an award for their hard work!

1st Quarter

In January, the Education Team held seminars for teachers and school administrators focusing on: brain stimulation and parts of brain, graphic organizers for content, math logic, and math tools. Team members also modeled lessons in the classroom for teachers and provided observations and feedback. The most exciting school event during this quarter was the “fwa” or field day for students from 3 different schools. Students rotated in groups among 5 stations: dance, devotional, art, paper airplane making, and relays. Mont Fleuri school won the tightly contested academic competition. The exhibition soccer game of girls was fun! The championship game was tied in double overtime and will be decided at another date.

Four events reached out to female students and teachers with Days for Girls. Dee Fallavollita (a Days for Girls and CCH volunteer) and Ninotte Lubin (a midwife and CCH translator) and Melissa Jean-Bart thoroughly worked with the girls and answered many, many questions on the amazing body of women, how it works, and information on protection from violence and trafficking. The girls were very happy to receive their hygeine kits. A new publishing center was set up at Isaiah House. CCH employees were trained in how to use the publishing center, early childhood supplies, harassment and workplace respect, and how to do hearing assessments on students.

2nd Quarter

In April, the Education Team hosted seminars focusing on: Tableaux (a style of drama) for response to devotional and academic content, Bloom’s taxonomy, literature response and questions, and a base ten game with manipulatives. Team members modeled lessons for teachers on: folded paper (as a way for students to show their learning), tableaux or scripture application and summary of content, carpentry, comprehension questions with fiction, base ten, paragraph frame writing, patterns, writing a story together, and stations within a classroom.

Year-round the Education Team meets with principals at CCH partner schools, but April afforded them an opportunity to go deeper in face-to-face seminars where they tackled challenges and opportunities related to: time for teaching in rural compared to city schools, importance of reading to children; fact family flash cards; discussions of the lessons that were modeled; teacher development opportunities through the Matenwa training school and Haiti Partners; writing books, poetry, community engagement, keeping schools clean, parent engagement, etc.

These members of the Education Team work hard for our CCH schools, both in Haiti and when they’re back home in the US. It’s a labor of love, covered in prayer, and they are continuing to see progress on their goals as teachers gain skills and confidence. They’re incorporate new methods to engage and teach students.


NCP Grants

Presbytery Grants Support 2017-18 Wellness and Leadership Development

The Washington DC National Capital Presbytery has approved two grants to support CCH’s efforts in leadership development (with St Andrew Presbyterian Church) and student/community wellness (with Vienna Presbyterian Church).

Leadership Development

We always say that true change in Haiti will be generational – that bright, passionate, God-­‐loving young people are the key the country’s future. Any of us who have worked in Haiti can describe a young man or woman who exemplifies faith, hope and perseverance. We recognize the sincerity in their goals; we see God at work in their spirit and relationships and actions. We talk about how we wish we could help ignite the same fire, drive and leadership in other young people – replicate them so that many, many others might also hear and experience the love of God through them. St Andrew Presbyterian Church (SAPC), in collaboration with CCH will design and coordinate a leadership development program in Haiti that rises up and encourages Abundance Disciples.

The program will bring together cohorts of young people to learn together, serve together and grow together in bold Christian leadership in Haiti. Disciples will meet on retreat at least six times per year, during which they will participate in targeted training, collaborative service-­‐based work and individual and group prayer. Over the course of each cohort’s year of participation in the program, Disciples are expected to build understanding, confidence and competencies in a thoughtfully and intentionally selected list of core qualities that embody the toolkit that Jesus teaches is necessary for both achieving and inspiring others to embrace “fullness of life”.

A Program Advisory Committee that includes Haitian peers will identify the core qualities, and then training experiences will be developed around each. Each cohort of Abundance Disciples will be selected via a competitive recommendation/application and interview process. As part of the experience, each Disciple will also be expected to design and carry out his/her own project that brings to life the program’s goals and values. Individual projects facilitate application of skills and lessons learned, which in turn ensures lasting impact within the individuals as well as expansion of that impact into their circles of influence. Each cohort of Disciples would also remain connected to the program, even after completion, so that we can track and better understand the outcomes and impact of the training as well as connect alumni with current participants (for peer-­to-­peer mentorship and training).

We recognize that such a leadership development program is no small undertaking, but it’s potential to nurture and lift up very real and influential change makers is tremendous. We also trust that the Lord will guide program design and development as we feel certain that this program is responding directly to His call to share Christ’s teachings, to spread His love and to expand His Kingdom – together.

This program recently kicked off with our Leadership Development seminar in May 2017. We can’t wait to see how it goes and share the impact.

Student and Community Wellness

We understand “wellness” as a complex mix of environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, cultural and social components. Our concept of wellness is the life-long process of an individual enhancing each of these components in his/her life so that s/he can grow, lead and serve to the fullest potential, just as our Creator intended.

In 2016, CCH partnered with Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) to pilot a new Student and Community Wellness effort in southern Haiti. Initial efforts targeted the three rural communities of Mont Fleuri, Lavanneau and Demontrieul where a CCH partner school is an anchor institution in each community, and in two communities, the schools are paired with small community churches.

Priority actions in Year 1 of the program built on these partnerships and included a series of School-Based Clinics and community-‐based health education campaigns. Together, CCH and VPC set their sights on the long-term goal of improving health and access to healthcare within the communities served. Program partners also worked to mobilize a Parent‐to-Parent Network within each community to encourage parents to advocate for their community’s needs and also train other parents and community members in basic at-home healthcare and other priority skill sets (e.g., literacy, social entrepreneurship, sewing, art).
In Year 1 of the Student & Community Wellness program, CCH’s School-Based Clinics provided more than 400 rural schoolchildren at three different schools with preventative and curative healthcare at three separate times during the school year! The Clinic at each school lasted 3-5 days during which 2-3 physicians and a team of nurses traveled to the rural schools, transformed classrooms into patient consultation areas and met with students and their families individually to provide full health physicals, answer questions and address any issues. Those who needed medications were provided with pharmaceuticals that day. Those who required follow-up care were given priority referrals to the CCH Clinic in Jacmel – and transportation to that clinic, if needed. CCH’s School‐Based Clinics are strategically timed at the students’ most vulnerable points during the school year:

• In late May/early June, just before the children leave school for 3 months over the summer;

• In October, just after students return to school following summer vacation; and

• In January/February, after students return from the month – long Christmas and New Year holidays.

Community-based health education programming is held in conjunction with School-Based Clinics (e.g., cholera prevention in October 2016; “Days for Girls” feminine hygiene training in Jan/Feb 2017) and at other times during the year (e.g., blood pressure, diabetes and breast cancer awareness and screenings in March 2017). Such programming raises awareness around priority health issues within the community and facilitates conversation around treatment and prevention. Such conversations also give opportunity for awareness raising around the broader CCH mission and the fact that all of our efforts are done in the name of Jesus Christ and to His glory.

As VPC and CCH look to Year 2 of the Student & Community Wellness program, anticipated impacts include:

• School-Based Clinics continue to Improve health and access to healthcare for approximately 500 rural Haitian students at least 3 times per school year

• CCH and partners refine their approach to School-Based Clinics, based on lessons learned in Year 1, to increase efficiency during Clinic days, encourage Haitian educators to be more actively engaged in student health advocacy and find ways to better monitor and address student health needs in between scheduled Clinics

• Recently graduated nurses and nursing students (Haitian) broaden their understanding of and exposure to community health issues via active participation in Wellness program activities.

• Budding parent‐to‐parent networks in partner communities gain momentum, and each network organizes at least one community training or wellness event

• Family and overall community wellness continues to improve through education and outreach around community-selected topics (e.g., treating fever, basic hygiene, clean water, when should a child see a doctor, exercise, nutrition, stress management, family devotions, etc.)

• Increased awareness of the CCH mission and CCH Clinic services

• Strengthened partnerships between communities and CCH.

• Collaborative identification of other priority needs and interests within the communities that can inform future years of programming

Although CCH recognizes that wellness is more than good health, in this second year of the Wellness initiative we will continue to use preventative and curative healthcare as an anchor for our community collaborations. When Haitian children are becoming permanently disabled by – or even dying from –treatable conditions, they cannot learn, they cannot play, they cannot thrive. So we’ll start with healthcare. Likewise, when we watch countless men and women battle chronic and uncontrolled illnesses that are manageable with minimal support, we’ll start there. With good health as an option, we believe the community’s foundation can be stronger.


Inaugural CCH Leadership Development Retreat Asks Tough Questions

On May 9th, a CCH leadership from Haiti and the US convened a group of 35 community partners to explore the characteristics of bold Christian leadership in Haiti. Through a variety of facilitated exercises, participants identified and explored the question: “What do Haitian leaders need to make change?” The group then voted to spend time analyzing and characterizing values and qualities like “trust”, “transparency”, “compassion”, “being a model” and “respecting the rules”. Lively discussion throughout the day, always rooted in the bold flavors of Haitian culture and context, was capped off by a thoughtful devotion led by Rev. Dr. David Milam of St Andrew Presbyterian Church (SAPC) in Virginia. With support from the National Capital Presbytery of the PC-USA, SAPC and other church partners of CCH are hoping to work with these leaders in Haiti to develop a leadership development program as part of CCH’s expanding community development portfolio. Stay tuned for updates and please contact Clark Seipt (clark@cchaiti.org) if you or your church are interested to learn more or participate. See more details about the NCP grant supporting this work below.


New Staff

Abby Gwaltney joined our U.S. staff in January as CCH’s part-time Director of Communications & Outreach. She manages communication efforts for the organization and also coordinates mission trips. Abby has a science and nonprofit communication background and became involved with CCH as a student sponsor a couple of years ago. Previously she worked for an international climate change nonprofit organization. For the past 15 years she’s also volunteered with a nonprofit organization straddling the US and Mexico. Now Abby is excited to expand her horizons to Haiti and work with great colleagues at CCH. Abby lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.

Nazaire Leveillé recently joined our staff in Haiti as the Community Development Liaison. He be responsible for nurturing current and new relationships with partner communities to help CCH better understand community needs and assets. He’ll work with our partners to design and implement collaborative activities. Nazaire may look familiar to CCH travelers since he’s been a translator with us for several years. He lives in Jacmel with his wife and two young children.


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