Republic of Haiti

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 brought terror to millions across the world as southern Haiti was hit with an earthquake measuring 7.0 in intensity, killing thousands instantly and leaving even more holding on for dear life, wondering if help would ever come.  In ruins and cut off entirely from the rest of the world, Port au Prince, about 25 km from the epicenter of the earthquake, and the surrounding communities attempted to survive and save as many of their family members as they could. Official estimates put the death toll around 222,570 people with approximately 300,000 injured and 1.3 million without a home.

In the US, Light of the World’s phone was ringing off the hook with medical/surgical volunteers trying to find out how they could help in the wake of disaster. After a great deal of effort LOTWC was able to find a way into Haiti through AHVED, a non-profit organization, who had an empty medical/surgical facility about 30 miles outside of Port au Prince, just waiting to be used. The 1st team into Haiti flew into the Dominican Republic and rode 13 hours on a bus into Petit Riviere de Artibonite, Haiti. Weary from travel, the team still had to set up the sparse and unorganized facility before the patients, already lining the streets, could be tended to.

Four days later, back on the bus for the 13 hour bus trip to the Dominican to fly home, the team was satisfied with the job done, already planning their next mission. Light of the World Charities continues to make trips to Haiti, not only providing medical/surgical relief for those affected by the earthquake, but also giving much needed
healthcare to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Those We Serve

  • Victims of Jan 12, 2010 Earthquake
  • Families living on less than $3 per day
  • Single mothers and their children
  • Senior citizens with no family support
  • The homeless, handicapped and mentally ill
  • Residents of homes for children, youth and the elderly
  • Manual laborers without professional degrees or titles
  • The malnourished, undernourished, abused and neglected
  • Those who lack adequate housing
  • Those who live in remote rural areas, engage in sustenance farming for survival, and members of indigenous tribes

Common Illnesses, Conditions and Health Risks

  • Insect-borne Disease
  • Anemia and Parasites
  • Vitamin Deficiency and Malnutrition
  • Urological Difficulties
  • Hypertension
  • Cataracts and other Vision Problems
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Women’s health concerns
  • Hernias and Goiters
  • Skin Conditions
  • Maternal Death
  • Infant Mortality
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Malaria
  • HIV/Aids