House of Hope is dedicated as The George Shinn Foundation Clinic

The House of Hope Clinic was officially dedicated as The George Shinn Foundation Clinic

In May 2013. Our partnership with the Amer-Haitian Bon Zami House of Hope (HOH) has helped accomplished great things for the community of Tabarre, a suburb located in Port-au-Prince.

smileThe House of Hope Clinic was officially dedicated as The George Shinn Foundation Clinic In May 2013. Our partnership with the Amer-Haitian Bon Zami House of Hope (HOH) has helped accomplished great things for the community of Tabarre, a suburb located in Port-au-Prince.

Medical care is an urgent need for children (and all citizens) of Haiti. There is 1 doctor for every 10,000 people in Haiti.This clinic has been operating for several months now, tending to families. It’s hard to believe, but diseases that we routinely treat with medication and diet in the U.S. can be life threatening to Haiti’s children. The clinic provides immunizations for childhood diseases, including polio, which still exists there. Many of the patients at The George Shinn Foundation Clinic have never before seen a medical doctor.

The first floor of the new clinic will contain a waiting area, prayer room, exam rooms, a pharmacy and work space. A separate area will be dedicated to food distribution to the most needy in the neighborhood. The food room will have separate access from the clinic space and will be used during hours when the clinic is not in operation. The second floor will be used for storage and future treatment space for the children and their families. The third floor will contain a small apartment for a visiting nurse or doctor, along with bunk space for medical teams.

The House of Hope is a children’s home founded in 1976 to help alleviate the suffering of children in Haiti. AHBZ is a cooperative work between the Haitian and U.S. staffs. Formed in 1976 to help alleviate the suffering of children in Haiti, AHBZ is a cooperative work between the Haitian and U.S. staffs. “Bon Zami” means “good friends” in Haitian Creole. The mission of AHBZ and HOH is to care for the orphaned and abandoned children of Haiti, preparing them to be well-rounded adults, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, who can provide for themselves and their impoverished nation and to establish a bond of friendship and understanding between Americans and Haitians.

Working toward these goals includes providing each child with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, and spiritual guidance so they may become productive members of Haitian society. Every effort is directed at making House of Hope a home and a family, rather than an institution. In Haiti, boys come first and girls second. Because of this, House of Hope is a home for girls.

The spiritual life of the children is important to their growth. They attend worship services each week and participate in daily devotions. Another part of AHBZ’s work is Patti’s School, which answers the urgent need for quality education in Haiti. The new House of Hope building will hold an additional 100 children. The new building will also have space for a computer lab with internet access and a large area for group events.

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