Friday, July 30, 2010

Project HOPE staff visit programs and strengthen partnerships in Haiti

Port au Prince, Haiti
A special delegation of Project HOPE staff and industry leaders hit the ground today in Port-au-Prince for a five-day mission to assess programs and strengthen partnerships.

The group, led by Project HOPE President Dr. John P. Howe III, visited two hospitals within Port-au-Prince on Wednesday and has an agenda that will involve a cross-country traverse to take in Project HOPE programs throughout the central and northern reaches of Haiti.

Project HOPE staff Dr. Howe, Fred Gerber, Operations Officer, and Patricia Bacuros, GIK Director, traveled with Lori Warrens, Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) Executive Director, Hiliary Critchley, Senior Policy Advisor for Dr. S. Ward Casscells.

Warrens, whose organization, PQMD, partners non-profit organizations with companies seeking to donate medical products, is excited to learn more about Project HOPE—a member of PQMD—and plan for future work in Haiti. Chritchley, who has made two previous trips to Haiti on similar missions, will be seeking partnering opportunities as well.

The traveling delegation joined up with Colin Credle, Project HOPE Regional Humanitarian Assistance GIK, and the newly minted Project HOPE Haiti staff: Charles Prosper, Project HOPE Country Director for Haiti, Dr. Mephisto Mathurin, Project HOPE Humanitarian Aid Manager in Haiti, Ritza Marcelin, Project HOPE secretary in Haiti, and Nathalie Charleus, Project HOPE volunteer coordinator in Haiti.

Prosper summed up the group’s challenge for the trip with this goal: to tell a story of Haiti that has never been told before. With a surprise behind-the-scenes tour organized by Prosper of the earthquake-ravaged national palace ending the long day (which began at 4am for most of the crew), one can’t help but believe that with leadership like his, this daunting goal might actually be attainable.

Story and photos by photojournalist and HOPE volunteer, Allison Shelley.

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