Sunday, June 13, 2010

Haiti Student Nursing Texts, Medical Supplies Donated: Thanks Starthrowers!

As I prepare to return to Cap-Haitien this week, I want to thank everyone for your support of our centre and our students in Haiti. We've received some much needed supplies that I can take back with me.
Student Nursing Books, Medical Supplies Update

Thanks to our Starthrowers, we now have some of the items from our Things We Need list [See previous post for details]

The list of supplies needed by our 4 nursing students to move on to the next level was very daunting. As an educator I know little to nothing about finding and purchasing medical and surgical supplies, so there are many people to thank.

Medical Supplies
A huge thank you to Corinne in Toronto for finding and purchasing Kelly Clamps and glucometers, and to Daniel and Gay for delivering them to Orangeville so that I can take them back to Haiti. Thanks also for the meds so desperately needed.

Student Nursing Books
The same huge thank you to Peg in Virginia who contacted friend Mathieu in France. After several emails, we determined that Mathieu and Peg had indeed located the French medical dictionaries and Medication Guides needed by our student nurses, and bought them and shipped them to me in Orangeville.

Thank you both for your generosity. The books arrived safely this week after a brief delay at  Canada Customs. [see comments below: Ed]

When I am back in Cap-Haitien, the staff will cover these books in plastic, stamp each with the fondasyon dam and then we will deliver all items to the students in Leogane on June 29. We are still looking for accommodations. See previous post for details.

Thanks also to Lesley (Instructor) and students in the Community Nursing course at Georgian College, Orangeville. It was a pleasure to spend an evening with you. I felt very welcome and questions asked were very insightful. What a great group.

Brailler Etc. For Guilene

Thanks to Paula in PA who has taken on the task of finding replacement articles for our blind student, Guilene.

Guiline lost the previously donated Perkin's Brailler, manual typewriter, cassette recorder / player to the earthquake.

[see Guilene this page]

Supplies, Donations
Thanks also to Cindy in PA  whose boxes of donations arrived in Cap-Haitien last week. I can't wait to see what she has sent this time. I'm always surprised by something.

We continue to put out a request for used laptops (wireless) in good working condition for all of our post-secondary students.

If you can help out, please let me know as visitors are coming to Haiti over the coming months, and would be able to bring one each.

And, as always, donations are needed to cover tuition and supplies for school this fall. Any and all amounts gratefully received!

Schools Exams
It seems as though the schools in Cap-Haitien have decided to set their own direction, and instead of holding classes throughout the summer, exams have already begun.

State exams are also earlier than previously announced:
  • certificat (or 6eme for high school entrance) June 30
  • 9eme AF (annee fondamental : end of junior high) July 6-8

No definite word about exams schedules for the final 2 years of high school, Rheto and Philo.

Everyone at our centre is busy studying, and weekly food distribution will continue to the end of exams.

Kenbe pa lage


Haitian Creole Dictionary and Phrasebook: Haitian Creole-english, English-haitian Creole   English Haitian Creole Word to word (Billingual Dictionaries)  Word by Word Picture Dictionary English/Haitian Kreyol Edition (2nd Edition)

1 comment:

Karen said...

When I notified Peg that the medical books had arrived in Orangeville, she replied with this message, and her permission to share it with you.

"I feel very good about [donating books] because books are close to my heart, and books that help students become nurses, whose medical skills are so very much needed there, are particularly special.

I am relieved that the books can travel with Sharon when she goes back, as that will be the safest way to deliver them. The books got through in time. :)

Please ask Sharon to tell the students that I have said blessings for them about the books, that they may study well from them, and remember, and that the work of their hands may be for healing and comforting.

"Tell them that we really are a global village now, and that I will look forward to reading of their progress in the Starthrower newsletter, online.

"Even though I cannot travel myself, these days, the world comes to me, through the internet. And I am proud of them that they are recovering from the stress of the earthquakes and continuing with their studies.

All the Best, Peg"


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