Cranbrook Community - October 2012 | Hungry For Life

October 2012: ,

A team of 9 medical staff traveled to Grand Goave, Haiti alongside HFL Team Leader Angela Goertzen to work alongside our partners at Haiti ARISE Ministries.The objective of this project was to show compassion to the Haitian people by providing medical care through a several day medical clinic. The team hosted eight days of medical clinics. The clinics typically see 800–900 people, with some patients needing follow up and even surgical care. The team was generated mainly from the Fraser Valley of BC, representing the Cranbrook Community Group (CCT) and Dr. Bob Cutler.

Read the team blog.

Community projects: 
Additional items accomplished: 
  • 1007 people received medical care over 9 days
  • 75 people received dental care (cleansings, tooth and root extractions)
  • 4 patients that received heart surgery were cared for (Rooosvelt, Guito, Luicienne, Nadia)
  • 3 homes visited of families that recently received new homes
  • Container containing goods from Canada was unloaded and organized

Team Testimonials:

“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] having a 1 year old girl come into the clinic the first week with serious burns on her legs. Seeing the improvement of those burns over the two weeks was amazing.”
“[This trip has impacted me and] made me appreciate all that we have available to us in Canada for healthcare and otherwise.”
“[This trip has impacted me and] I am rethinking how I live in North America and to reevaluate my faith and how I perceive things.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] seeing a three year old girl with a brain aneurysm who cannot have surgery because there are no vascular surgeon in Haiti.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] I wanted to do more and have more medication to give. It was so hard to turn people away.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] focus more on finding my joy in Christ.”
“[The things I am going to change in the next six months are] to appreciate who is in my life and what I have, more than I did before. And to get out into the community even more so I can make a greater difference.”