2020 has brought its share of surprises .The challenges inherited from an unstable political landscape plagued with months of riots, total "lock down" deeply impacted how the various Socioeconomic actors of Haitian society function. In the meanwhile the world has been experiencing a global Covid-19 pandemic that has redefined and reshaped social interactions, stretched thin healthcare systems, affected the world economy. This has left third world countries in already difficult situations scrambling to manage response efforts while still trying to ensure basic population needs.
The island nation diagnosed its first confirmed case on March 19. As of April 30, 2020 there are 61 active cases and 810 suspected .These numbers may not seem much compared to other U.S or other countries that you are accustomed of seeing in the media, but considering the socioeconomic and healthcare reality of this country we are sure this is the tip of a bigger iceberg which threatens the fabric of Haitian society.
Even though Brothers'Keepers of Haiti has had to postpone its yearly medical missions along with suspending school activities for the academic year. We've also had to increase our nutritional program and extend it to the general population of the villages we serve. We are also increasing the number of mobile clinics, medication and medical equipment shipments to adjust to these unprecedented times.
We are launching throughout the month of May a mask drive to provide both the population and healthcare professionals with this basic essential personal protective equipment that limits with social distancing the chain of transmission.
As we embark on this new front of the battle to support Southeast Haiti, Brothers'Keepers of Haiti pledges its commitment to the population we serve to be once again in the trenches with them fighting Covid-19 on top of illiteracy,malnutrition,food insecurity and lack of healthcare. It is with unshakable hope and faith drawn from our motto "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13 that we say to them " you are not alone. We are here with you. You can count on us!"This assurance is founded in faith but also in the unwavering support that you, our supporters and donors have continuously demonstrated through the years.
I will leave you with these few words from Winston Churchill." Danger gathers upon our path. We cannot afford__ We have no right__ to look back. We must move forward."
I invite you to increase your support during this most critical time for the Haitian people. I am confident that with your continued assistance we will make an impact in the lives of so many of our Haitian brothers and sisters. We will therefore be and remain our brothers'keepers.
Be safe all of you!
President /Founder Brothers’Keepers of Haiti, Inc.
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