Sandy’s Hurricane Matthew Experience
Meet Sandy. Sandy is one of the members of Team Zaryen Amputee Soccer team. Sandy and his family live outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Both he and his father have lower extremity amputations, making life in Haiti even more difficult. We know that limb amputations are needed more often in Haiti due to the lack of healthcare services availability and the cost of receiving care. Most people live on less that $2 a day and cannot afford to see a doctor when they need one. Minor injuries can easily become infected and gangrenous without antibiotics or the ability to buy wound care supplies to keep a wound clean and covered. This often leads the limbs needing to be amputated when they may have been saved in a higher resources country. We have seen this over and over after the Earthquake in 2010.
To make matters worse, this family lost the roof of their home during Hurricane Matthew. Can you imagine how terrifying it must have been to be in your home during a hurricane and the roof blows off?!? We were so grateful they were not injured but now they did not have a roof over their head for shelter. We spread the word and were able to raise money for this family. Through your support, we were able to help Sandy buy the supplies he needed for a new roof on his families home!
We continue to hear how difficult it is to find work in Haiti, especially if you have a disability. This family struggles every day just to survive and find food to eat. Sandy has been trained in how to make custom wristbands out of colored thread. He is training other members on his amputee soccer team in how to do this as well. We, at Community Rehab Project, have been helping them with this start up business and in obtaining orders.
This is how we make a difference at Community Rehab Project. We hear of people in need and through the power of our group, we make a tangible difference around the world.
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