Greetings and Holiday Wishes to all!
We are so grateful for the support we have received this year. Without you, our progress would not be possible. Here is an update on the difference we’re making together.
The rehab clinic in Gonaives and Community-Based Rehab Program in Lacoupe, Haiti are going strong. We now have three rehab technicians who provide rehabilitation services. Thanks to you, we have provided over $3,300 in rehabilitation visits since the clinic opened in January of 2016. This includes services for geriatric, neurologic, orthopedic and pediatric patients. And with your generous support, the rent for the clinic for 2018 is now paid in full!
Through our partnership with D’Youville College, we have launched a telemedicine initiative that will bring education and support to the staff, patients, and families in Haiti. The college hosted Cedieu Fortilus and Wilfrid Macena for intensive training and will continue their training via teleconferencing. We are grateful to the entire D’Youville and Buffalo, NY community for their commitment and support.
This year, we initiated a custom wristband business with Team Zaryen Amputee Soccer and Wheelchair Basketball teams. Members of the team have started receiving orders. The income raised will help provide meals and housing for players and their families and supplement tuition to send their children to school. (Families must pay privately for each child’s education.)
We are pleased with the progress we made in 2017 & have big plans for 2018. Here’s what’s coming up.
We will continue our efforts to fund the rehabilitation clinic and improve rehabilitative programs in Haiti. We will be expanding our Community-Based Rehabilitation program to incorporate more remote areas and include “nursing home” type communities and orphanages for children with disabilities. We will be initiating a program for providing orthotic and prosthetic services through our clinic in Gonaives.
We will continue to grow and expand our telemedicine program with D’Youville College for assistance with patient care and the education of staff, patients, and families. We will also be exploring a partnership with the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs at the Episcopal University in Haiti to teach course content and possibly provide a clinical site for their students as they move forward with their curriculum.
Finally, we are so excited to share the news that we are growing to expand our reach. Community Rehab Project will be our new umbrella organization. And the Haiti Rehab Project will continue to expand as a subsidiary of Community Rehab Project. This addition will open us up to more opportunities and funding sources to serve people with disabilities in areas of high need in our local, regional, national, and global communities. See our additional logo below.
The mission of the Community Rehab Project is to positively effect the lives of people with disabilities locally, nationally, and globally. We are thrilled with this growth and will share updates on our expansion during the coming months, so stay tuned.