CE leadership began working in Haiti as first responders after the 2010 earthquake. In January 2011, CE joined Rush medical providers to begin work in Jerusalem. This community is now our main focus and we continue to provide consistent and comprehensive primary care and dental care.
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Jerusalem, Haiti emerged as a temporary tent community for those left homeless. Situated in a vacant desert, many were relocated by the government or lured by the promise of claimable land.
In 2013, the government declared it a permanent community. Today, over 300,000 people reside in Jerusalem. There are churches, small schools and thousands of simple homes, but the lack of resources and infrastructure is still apparent. Jobs are rare, clean water is sparse, and many people go days without food.
We work with Dr. Fiquita St. Paul, a Haitian physician, and local community health workers to provide quality primary care to the community. The health care workers receive ongoing supervision and training through CE funds.
In 2019. Dr. St. Paul and team launched a door-to-door community survey to determine essential health care needs and for further research purposes. Additionally, the implementation of an electronic medical record system (EMR) has allowed us to provide more comprehensive care.
CE has partnered with several dentists to provide preventative care and treatment for chronic tooth pain, gum disease and more. Patients are educated on proper dental hygiene and provided supplies to continue care in our absence.
CE partnered with the Health Education Project (HEP), a Haitian NGO, to provide health education training to community volunteers. The work was supported in-part by a McCormick Foundation Grant and funds raised through CE.
Le Fleur Orphanage
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti left behind an estimated 1 million orphans among its survivors. These children have either taken to the streets or have been warehoused in makeshift orphanages, where they receive minimal sustenance, occasional medical care, and limited access to any significant education.
Community Empowerment has partnered with the Madame LeFleur Orphanage, a charitable Haitian entity, in Jerusalem. The founder, Madame LeFleur, cares and provides for 52 children as of 2019.
Our long-term sustainability plan is to develop a dedicated clinic facility and potable water program in partnership with the Ministry of Health and like-minded NGOs. Furthermore, careful analysis of our community health survey will optimize ongoing care.