Monthly Archives: November 2011

Elder Abandonment

Her face pulled attention for a photograph.  Local vendors and their story drew wonderment.  The old woman often accompanied her daughter, a regular seller at the Pont Sondet market, along the Artibonite River in Haiti.  They arrived in mornings from the northern area of Haiti’s central plateau, worked the market all day, and left before dark.  Over time the daughter amassed debt, buying on credit and promising to pay later.  Her husband had financial troubles of his own.

One afternoon the daughter left the market without her mother, never to return.  Now the old woman lives at the market.  Other sellers give her handouts and make sure she’s taken care of, yet resent the burden of another mouth to feed. She’s wasn’t supposed to be their responsibility. The old woman is sick and can hardly stand.  She seemed ashamed of being abandoned and showed anger when speaking about it.

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Labadie School Girls

 

 

 

 

 

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Battle of Vertières Day


Haiti’s ultimate independence from France was won in The Battle of Vertieres, a site now part of the city of Cap Haitian.  Historians tell that on November 18th, 1803, the leader of the Haitian rebels, General François Capois, mounted a great horse and led the charge against the French army.  In a hail of bullets Capois went down – his horse killed in the barrage.  Undeterred, he rose from the ground, drew his sword, and advanced shouting “Forward! Forward!”  Watching from the field, French commander, General Rochambeau, ordered his drummers to sound a temporary cease fire.  The fighting halted and a French soldier rode across the battle field to deliver a message to Capois:  “General Rochambeau sends compliments to the general who has just covered himself with such glory!”  The soldier then saluted the Haitians, returned to his position, and the fighting resumed. Continue reading »

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Citadel Cistern from base looking up

The Citadel is a fortress built on a mountain top in northern Haiti after the revolution in 1804 to defend against any French attempt to retake the former colony.  Inside are cisterns built to retain enough drinking water to sustain Haitian troops for up to a year.  This photo was taken at the bottom of the main cistern.  Copyright 2011 Adam Bacher, All rights reserved. Absolutely NO usage without prior authorization.

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Midwife of Lorie Village

Bernadette Joseph is a  traditional Haitian midwife working in the Lorie Village area of northern Haiti.  The following is from an interview I did with her last week.

 

Q: What’s your name and what do you do?

A:  They call me Bernadette Joseph.  When the women are pregnant I deliver the babies.

Q: How long have you been a midwife?

A: For a very long time.  More than 10 years.

Q: Why did you become a midwife?

A: When I was a young girl there was an old lady who used to do this, and I used to watch her.  That’s how I learned how to deliver babies.

Q: How many babies have you delivered?

A: All those babies over there (pointing to the closest row of people in the clinic – photo above), I delivered all of them.  In a month, on average, I have about 4 or 5 babies that I deliver.  I have babies that I have delivered that now are pregnant.  Everybody calls me because they know how well experienced I am.

Q: What kind of training did you do to become a midwife?

A: I learned from the old woman in the village when I was young, and by myself, and with the help of god.  Nobody (formally) taught me anything.  There are others who are beginners, but I am the most qualified in this area.

Q: Where are the babies delivered?

A: I deliver the babies at the patient’s house.  Then I have to give them a bath; the baby and the patient.

Q: What do you like most about being a midwife?

A: I’m the type of person who likes to do good for everybody and that satisfies me.  They don’t pay me to do this.  I like to do this so much that the whole community calls me Grandmother.

Later in the day after speaking with Bernadette, I past by her house and took this photo with her husband and three of their five children.

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HACAOT Saves Boy’s Life

This boy arrived to the HACAOT mobile medical clinic in severe respiratory distress.  He was immediately taken from the waiting crowd, and given a nebulizer to open the airways in his lungs (photo below).  A doctor worked with him for two and half hours.  Each time the nebulizer was removed he went into respiratory failure.


To give him a chance after the clinic closed, a medical technician fashioned a take home treatment device from an inhaler and an empty water bottle (seen below).


The device was never used as the boy began to crash (an abrupt decompensation of a patient’s clinical status).  Arrangements were made and he was rushed to a hospital.  “If the doctors from HACAOT hadn’t been in Cap Haitain, there is no doubt in my mind this boy would have died,” said a staff member.   There are too few hospitals in Haiti, and all are severely overcrowded and under staffed.  Without HACAOT’s presence, this boy wouldn’t have been able to go to the hospital.

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Portraits of Haiti – Discipline Bank

Do you need to go to the Discipline Bank?

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2 School Girls from Cap Haitian

 

“We play with little plates and little cooking pots and little cups.
We have little cooking utensils that go in the houses.
We pretend to eat.”

They have tea parties – just like our children.

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Lorie Soccer Team

“We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from Portland or anybody else.  We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true.  Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship.  Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had.  We are extremely happy and say thank you.”

 In the red shirt holding the ball is the captain of the soccer team for the village of Lorie, 30 minutes from Cap Haitian, and the north coast of Haiti.  He’s one of the 515 people treated in two days in the village of Lorie during a mobile health care clinic, run by the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas: HACAOT.  Lead by a seasoned group of military veterans from Texas, and a dedicated crew of doctors, nurses, and clinicians from the upper mid west, 19 Americans came to Haiti for one of the busiest work weeks of their lives.


6 soccer balls were hand delivered this week thanks to the HACAOT mission, and a collaboration between Adam Bacher Photography and the Timbers Army, a fan based charity group for Portland Oregon’s professional soccer team, the Portland Timbers.  The Timbers Army donated 24 brand new professional grade soccer balls, and Adam Bacher Photography brought them to Haiti for distribution.  Game season for the Lorie team starts in two months, allowing time for the field to dry out (background of  group photo below).

When given the balls, team captain, Gary Louis, said:

“We are extremely happy.  We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from the Portland team or from anybody else.  We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true.  Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship.  Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had.  We are extremely happy and say thank you to them. . . . .  we will pray for the team (Timbers) so they can become  more successful and be able to help others as well.”

If the Lorie team makes it to the championship they’ll play a 30 game season.  One member said, “We are starting to have support.  With these balls we have a future.”

Yesterday and today a bright spot shone on a group that couldn’t need it more, with the biggest gift being the healthcare they received the day before.  In their best clothes today,  many of them were hard to recognize.  The need in Haiti is tremendous. I’m quite sure if they had shoes they’d have been wearing them.

Together with local interrupters and a Haitian doctor, the HACAOT mission was to treat as many people as possibly was a tremendous success.  For five days the HACAOT team set up and broke down a mobile health care clinic, at sites between a half hour and two hours away.  Add two full days of travel on each end, and you get a week which thousands of Haitians and a few Americans will never forget.

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Mobile Medical Clinic in Dondon, Haiti



3 of 500 people in Dondon, Haiti, waiting for HACAOT mobile healthcare clinic.

 

The city of Dondon, with a population of roughly 50,000, is a one and a half hour drive from Cap Haitain, Haiti.  On Wednesday morning, at 5:30 am, the HATCAOT medical team traveled to Dondon to set up a one day mobile health clinic.  Their goal: Treat as many people in need as possible.

More than a third of the medical team rides in a truck bed with the supplies.

A convoy of 4 vehicles transported 25 HACAOT members, medical supplies, basic diagnostic equipment, water, and clothing donations.  Not everyone rides inside.  In the back of the truck is a Physician’s Assistant, 3 Nurses, a Clinical Lab Scientist, 2 Triage Evaluators and 2 Translators.  When the group arrived there were over 500 people waiting for a chance to be treated.  By late morning the crowd swelled to nearly 1000.

 

Woman in crowd waiting for treatment at Dondon clinic, Haiti.

One of 410 people treated by the HACAOT team on November 9th, 2011.

Over 500 people were waiting when the team arrived.

View of clinic from above. The HACAOT team was treating people within 15 minutes of arriving in Dondon.

A baby girl comes in with an abscessed wrist that needs to be cleaned and bandaged.

Bandaging the little girl’s wrist.

In the comfort of a mother’s loving arms.

Dr. Fred with children from Dondon.Chronic dehydration is an underlying condition for most of the people in Dondon, and exacerbates all other illness.  Some residents are less dehydrated like the children pictured above.   And some are severely dehydrated like the woman seen in the next two images.

 

This woman was brought through the crowd on a stretcher.  Dr. Frank, (on the right), and his daughter (on the left), examine her to determine a diagnosis.  Ashley graduated from Nursing School this August, 2011.  When she returns home she’ll start her first full time job as an orthopedic and neuro nurse.

 

Once they determined it was a case of severe dehydration, she was lifted off the stretcher (partly to free it up), and sat down with a bag of intravenous fluids to rehydrate her. She stayed in the chair most of the day, then walked out without any help.

 

The woman above was having her eyes examined for cataracts.  The photographs that follow were portraits taken at the end of the day.  Five of the people made it in, four did not.  There was no more time.

 

The clinic has to shut down before dark.  There is no electricity.  Only the front 10 people on the landing at the top of the stairs were able to get in – no one else.  The man sitting on the concrete railing and staring at camera was one of the very last.  It’s the hardest part of the day for everyone on the team.

By the time the clinic was packed up it was dark.  410 people had been treated, given liquids to drink, vitamins,  all necessary medication except for the most serious cases,   a worm pill for almost everyone, and some clothes.   302 adults and 108 children were given a great gift by a team of 18 volunteers from the United States and 8 form Haiti, working for the HAitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas – HACAOT

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