New Frontier of Medical Ministry Launched!
$750,000 Partnership Announced!
Above are views of the private clinic in Hinche and our group touring the facilities. Thanks to Tom Judd for use of these photographs.
Reformation Hope is delighted to announce that the Invisible Hand Foundation has dramatically increased its partnership with RHI to the tune of $750,000 over the next 18–24 months! The funds are being provided in order to launch a permanent medical clinic designed to serve the communities of La Plaine and Marin, Haiti. This strengthened partnership for medical mission arose through the simultaneous working of God in the leadership of both organizations. Reformation Hope, over the past 12 months, has dramatically increased its volume of medical missions teams in conjunction with Mission to the World, and has also been training Haitians in basic healthcare in anticipation of joining the Telehealth Network. At the same time, God was also birthing a bold vision with the Invisible Hand leadership to establish a more permanent medical facility for the area neighboring our La Plaine compound. Following a series of planning and development meetings between RHI and the Invisible Hand Foundation, an agreement was reached in which Invisible Hand is partnering with RHI to build, equip, and fund staffing for this new clinic.
The funds provided by the Invisible Hand will empower RHI to acquire a large plot of land located along a major roadway in the La Plaine/Marin area, easily accessible from Haiti’s busiest highway. This generous investment will also be used to construct a medical clinic and compound wall, and to acquire diagnostic equipment, medications, communications gear. The medical clinic funding plan also provides for salary support for a small staff over a two to three year period. RHI is currently in negotiations for purchasing the land which was chosen by Pastor Jean Paul.
In order to insure that RHI’s community medical clinic operates efficiently, economically, and sustainably for many years to come, we are putting together a team of well-qualified doctors and other medical professionals to spearhead the design and implementation of this key project. Recently, one of those medical professionals, Tom Judd from North American Haiti Partnership, toured current clinics and hospitals in operation in Haiti, specifically visiting an extremely successful private clinic in Hinche, Haiti, that has been in operation for the past seven years. Pastor Jean Paul accompanied Tom on this fact-finding mission. We believe the success of the Hinche clinic will provide an adaptable model for RHI’s clinic in La Plaine. Our new clinic will also become part of a network of clinics operating north of Port-au-Prince so that referrals and maximizing of resources can take place.
While the Invisible Hand’s enormously generous investment is enough to build and launch this medical ministry to the community, more funds will be needed to help us reach sustainability over the long-term. Thus, Reformation Hope is seeking partners for our medical clinic project who are interested in providing additional reserve funds which will be placed in a designated fund to support the clinic’s ongoing operations. We believe that many of the patients will be unable to pay enough for services and medications to cover the anticipated $100,000 per year operating costs. Our goal is to reach partial sustainability quickly. Yet full sustainability may not occur for many years.
Investments in the long-term operations fund for our new clinic may be made simply by designating your support as “Clinic Operating Fund.” Thank you for your partnership with us in serving the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic!
Other Good News!
The kitchen-dining hall construction is nearly complete! Young-Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama has provided another $8,000 to complete the roof, the exterior stucco, and grates for the doors and windows. Also, the wonderful kitchen appliances, tables, racks, sinks, and supplies from Church of the Messiah have cleared customs in Haiti and are now at our compound awaiting installation once the roof and doors are on the new building.
Reformation Hope’s new bus, courtesy of HDS Vans and Mobility in Marietta, Georgia, should be arriving by ship into Port-au-Prince within a few days. And we want to thank a long-time partner, David Petro, for providing some help for the expected customs and duties that will be levied for Jean Paul to receive the bus.
Our Harvest of Hope agriculture project and goat project received a divine shot in the arm last month. As the result of a meeting at the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, and a follow-up with the director of the USAID WINNER program, Pastor Paul was granted a five-year lease on 24 acres of prime farmland to finally begin plowing and planting. We look forward to the first harvest from this great blessing from God!
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