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Haiti Update

Posted by Justin Dowds

Haiti Update

Justin has recently returned from another successful trip to Haiti in September where he was able to visit the new solar powered reverse osmosis system that was installed at the Compassion School in Troullijene. It can produce up to 2,000 litres of fresh clean safe drinking water per day. This is the only clean water supply in the entire village and now the kids have access to it free of charge each day whilst at school. We are in the process of raising funds to open another water purification plant at a Compassion school just along the coast from Troullijene in Gros Mangles.

Justin was also able to catch up with the goat project in Troullijene and from the 200 goats distributed from our programme in that community they have increased in number to 257.

The hospital plans are coming along nicely and total funds raised in the UK for this project are now over $500,000 and rising. Justin was able to meet with a representative of the Bill Clinton commission for the reconstruction of Haiti on this trip. The plans for the new hospital were discussed and a potential source of funding from the commission was indentified. Justin is now working with the architects to submit more detailed plans to the commission for them to consider in December. The next stage for the hospital is to commission a full topographic survey of the new hospital build site and arrange trial digs on the land to allow the structural engineers to design the foundations for the new hospital to life-safe standards. It is anticipated that this survey can be carried out before December 2010.

It has now been identified that as part of the new hospital complex construction it will be necessary to build a new guesthouse on site. This will increase capacity of accommodation for workers for the new hospital build. The larger guesthouse will also provide a steady income stream for the hospital from guesthouse profits. Plans have been drawn for the guesthouse and once final funding is in place the build will start. There is a funding gap of around $75,000 that Lemon Aid are trying to help the Wesleyan hospital find. An interest free loan is being sought for this amount from some supporters across the world so please pray for Gods provision in this area. The guesthouse will also double up as a training centre for Pastors/Leaders for weekend retreats and ministry opportunities.

Justin was able to drop by the island orphanage too with a delivery of some new shoes. Clever Clogs in Dunfermline donated over 60 pairs of brand new shoes which were received by some incredibly excited kids.

A great answer to prayer has been the donation to Lemon Aid last month of 40 new hospital beds and mattresses. These are now in two containers on their way across the Atlantic. It is anticipated they will arrive mid November on the island.

Plans are now well underway for the annual medic trip in March 2011. It looks like this will be the biggest medical team yet so the recruiting of doctors, pharmacists, dentists is in full swing. If you know anyone from these professions that may have been interested then why not ask them?

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