Bloated legs. Swollen skin cracking like dried mud. Male genital deformities.
For the unlucky Haitians afflicted with LF – already extremely poor, and now suffering, handicapped and stigmatized by a disease with no outright cure – the small clinic outside the Hospital St. Croix (HSC) near Port-au-Prince is a godsend. Here they receive physical therapy, treatment and advice that can make a huge difference in managing the disease.
They also learn that it’s not supernatural and not their fault, no matter what people say. That LF is a parasitic disease caused by threadlike worms in the bloodstream and lymph system, transmitted through multiple bites of infected mosquitos over time. And they find a community of caring doctors, nurses and other LF patients who make a world of difference in relieving their physical and mental suffering.
Our goal is to provide support for and help bolster the capabilities of existing Haitian organizations and institutions. Through strategic partnerships, we develop programs, initiatives and institutions that provide foundational support, such as our Bioscience Program and upcoming Entrepreneurial Center in Hinche, Haiti, created in partnership with the University of Notre Dame Haiti. We also act to inject funding wherever we see a critical need, whether for a health care initiative that can alleviate suffering or a youth program in need of support.
We are passionate about seeing sustainable growth in every facet of Haitian livelihood. Our aim is to support Haitian institutions that will bring benefit to the Haitian people.
In order to continue our mission of empowering Haitians Helping Haitians, Kwasans depends on the generous support of people like you. Please help revitalize this beautiful country and its amazing, resourceful people by donating to the cause today.
Founded and operated by Father Thomas Streit of the University of Notre Dame, and initially funded by the Hospital St. Croix and the Episcopal Church, the Clinic is now an independent entity. Léogâne, the area where the clinic is located, was the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The clinic has been struggling to recover and stabilize ever since.
Kwasans has made funding this clinic a top priority. If you’re looking for a cause that will make the most of your charitable contribution, this is it! Every cent you give and so designate will go directly to the clinic. Thank you!
WORKING TO ERADICATE LF – THE HAITI SALT PROJECT
The treatment of LF patients in Haiti is critical to alleviate suffering and provide comfort for the many in Haiti already afflicted. But preventing and even eradicating this scourge is the goal of the Haiti Salt Project, another endeavor in which Chip Wirth has played an important role. Through the production and distribution of clean, fortified salt, LF and other iodine deficiency disorders can be eliminated throughout Haiti. Learn more about the Haiti Salt Project.
Having signed up to help fight an Ebola epidemic, Paul Farmer, an infectious-disease specialist, traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak in West Africa in late 2014. The fast, fatal spread of the disease in places where the sick sought care meant that most of the region’s few hospitals and clinics had shut down and many health workers had died… CLICK TO READ MORE AT WSJ.COM
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