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Tribute to Louis Dumont,  a dedicated volunteer of the Gambade Medical Clinic Project Team

Louis Dumont - pictureThe entire Gambade Project Team is saddened by the sudden loss of Louis Dumont on August 17, 2016 in Burlington, Ontario.  Louis was deeply involved in the Gambade Medical Clinic Project since 2011. He was serving the Project as one of the key Finance volunteers committed to fundraising and accounting for all the resources given for the achievement of the construction of the Clinic.

At the time of his death, Louis had planned to travel to Gambade Haiti in the Fall of 2016 to help in the next Phase of the Construction Project.

Louis will be deeply missed by the Team and the Gambade Medical Project family.

Join us for our FIFTH Road2Hope Marathon Fundraiser

Hamilton Marathon Nov 4 & 5 2017

Hamilton Marathon

Run or Walk for good cause, RUN/WALK for EMAS Canada – Gambade Medical Clinic Project.

Run to make a difference in the lives of 20,000 people in Haiti.

This is our fifth time participating in the Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon on November 4th and 5th, 2017. We are running/walking under the umbrella of EMAS Canada. By taking part, you are raising funds and awareness for the Gambade Medical Clinic Project in Haiti. Your contributions will provide necessary health care for the Gambade community and surrounding areas.  Funds raised will be used entirely for the Project. Health is so precious. Together we can make a difference!

WHY WE RUN/WALK?
We run/walk to impact the lives of children, pregnant women, elderly and the general population of Gambade and surrounding areas in Haiti.

Options 1: You can Walk or Run 1K, 5K or 10K
Options 2: You can choose 1/2 Marathon or full Marathon.

Please remember to select EMAS Canada – Gambade Haiti under the Charity/Donation section of the online registration form.

Join us and register now!

If you are unable to participate in the ROAD2HOPE, please consider supporting this important cause with your monetary DONATION.

Construction on the site has started – (Phase 1)

At the end of February and the beginning of March 2016, construction has started on the site of the future Clinic. The perimeter wall has been completed and the ‘entrance gate’ has been hung. Three (3) members of our committee were on site during these first Phase of Construction activities.

The Gambade community is very excited to see the beginning of the construction after 3 years of preparation and planning. Much remains to be done in the subsequent Phases; the building of the facility, the purchase of equipment and staffing before the first patient can be seen at the Clinic.

Your financial help is greatly needed.

Here are some before and after photos!

Land Before Construction:

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Site Under Construction:

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New Wall Surrounding Property:

Gambade Wall

 

 

November 2015 Trip

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Members of the local construction committee speak to the community during land dedication ceremony

The Project Support Team was able to hold the necessary meetings with the proper authorities in Haiti and field partners, including the Grande-Rivière-du-Nord regional Hospital. The Building Permit has been issued, clearing the way to start construction.

With key representatives from EllisDon and Empower Global, the Team was able to go on site to commit the property to the Lord in prayers, assess the community readiness, measure the property, and evaluate the whole site in order to determine the appropriate location of the main building.

Phase 1 of Construction has been planned and is scheduled for January-February 2016.

Thanks to all Road2Hope Marathon Participants


IMG_2091The 2015 Road2Hope Marathon on October 31 and November 1 was a big help for our fundraising efforts. 11 race participants raised over $10,000 towards the Gambade Medical Clinic as awareness of the project increased. Some new sponsors also agreed to contribute to next year’s race and to the construction of the medical clinic.

Thank you to our new walkers/runners and especially our sponsors!

Hamilton Marathon 2015

Hamilton Marathon

Run or Walk for good cause, RUN/WALK for Empower Global Gambade Medical Clinic Project.

Run to make a difference in the lives of 20,000 people in Haiti.

This is our third time participating in the Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon on October 31st and November 1st. We are running/walking under Empower Global. By taking part, you are raising awareness and funds for a worthwhile cause and also you are helping a dynamic community in Haiti make changes for the better in the health status of their citizens. Funds raised will be used entirely for the Project. Health is so precious. Together we can help them!

WHY WE RUN/WALK?
We run/walk to impact the lives of children, pregnant women, elderly and the general population of Gambade and surrounding areas in Haiti.

Options 1: You can Walk or Run 1K, 5K or 10K
Options 2: You can choose 1/2 Marathon or full Marathon.

Please remember to select Empower Global under the Charity/Donation section of the online registration form.

WOULD YOU JOIN US? Register Now!

The Story of Gambade a Village in Haiti

Please watch this video to better understand the need for a medical clinic in Gambade and some of the challenges the community is facing.

 

1,500 seeking medical aid lined up for mobile clinic

August 1, 2014 – “It’s stifling hot. Again.

And it’s Mobile Medical Clinic day, a rare event here in Gambade, a remote northern Haiti village where hundreds of people have lined up hoping to see a doctor or nurse for medical help. They’ve been here since 6 a.m. and it’s three more long hours until the clinic opens, and many more hours before they get to the front of the line.

It’s been a long journey on foot for most who have come down from the mountains and crossed rivers and uneven paths in the dark to get to this place of hope. Some arrived on the back of donkeys heavily laden with multiple passengers and personal belongings. A few managed to find scooter fare and came bouncing over rugged dirt roads. They share the one seat with several others including small children who hang precariously on the sides just over the back wheel.

In the growing lineup of would-be-patients you hear their stories, poignant accounts of fights against community crises like the cholera epidemic or the more personal but just as problematic malnutrition and preventable infectious diseases in young children.  There are young moms in labour and others who lost their infants during a difficult delivery that they endured without assistance.  Elderly folks lean heavily on others just to advance in the line. How they got to the line in the first place must be a courageous and painful story.

GAMBADE PHOTO FOR WEBSITE

Everyone can give a personal lament for loved ones and close friends who passed away before being able to reach a health professional or a medical facility. And everyone can describe  their determination and their vision for ‘better health’ and ‘better life’ for their community. The nearest hospital, if one could get there at all, is hours away.

But today is clinic day. It doesn’t happen often so you’d better come early and get a place in line, a line which grows longer by the minute. And it’s stifling hot. More hot. The sun is higher in the sky and still the people come–more than a thousand by now.

In the village centre is a church, a makeshift clinic where five volunteer doctors and three nurses set up stations for quick assessments and medical checks. And to the side is a small green-painted building. It’s about the size of a double-car garage in a Canadian suburb home…but without the cars or the electricity or even a floor. A door at the front and one at the back swing open to let in the only light available. Rough wooden benches are lined up and for hours on clinic day will host countless anxious and suffering patients who are here to get prescriptions filled. After waiting for hours to see a doctor they wait again to get a few Tylenol pills, or an intestinal worm treatment, or some multi-vitamins to help the children grow stronger.

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Three Canadian volunteers are called upon to assist by reading prescriptions and counting pills in the waning light of the open doorway.  They carefully count out and dispense five or ten. That’s it. No more. That’s all we have.

And the people kept coming and there was no way they’ll all be seen by the doctors.  Can we turn them away? How? Why?

But suddenly the rain begins. It’s a torrential deluge and within minutes the line disappears as people run for cover. Their hopes are washed away and darkness comes as we close the temporary mobile clinic. Although 1,500 villagers and mountain-dwellers came to the line today, many hundred didn’t make it to the front of the line, and they know that pain and suffering will continue.

The people of Gambade and surrounding areas need a real clinic soon for day-to-day care including prenatal visits, labour delivery, child development and nutrition, vaccinations, pain management and pharmaceuticals, and preventative medicine. They need some practical help in an complex region blanketed by prevalent poverty, lack of infrastructure, and limited safe choices.

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Several months ago during a previous trip to Haiti two members of our Canadian group met with community members and learned more about their vision for a permanent clinic in Gambade. They openly shared their biggest challenge, the many deaths of pregnant women and their newborns and the absence of basic health care.

As these stories were relayed to our friends in the Halton and Hamilton areas some folks were equally moved by the challenges and determination of the Gambade villagers. The ‘Together with Haiti’ group was formed and eventually organized under Empower Global. We made several trips to the Gambade community in 2013 and the most recent one took place in July-August 2014.

We now have a better understanding of the complexities around their expressed need of a medical clinic and are committed to building relationships with community leaders as a way to help. A significant milestone was reached when two community members generously donated two adjacent pieces of property for the erection of the Medical Clinic following the architectural design drafted by a Haitian architect.

We are more than convinced that their needs are real, heart wrenching and can be solved, that there is a sense of urgency in working with them to bring about a solution with them and not for them. We are actively raising the necessary funds for the different phases of the project: Construction, Equipping and long-term Sustainability.

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We are committed to keep our promise to the community. We cannot do it alone.  We invite you to take a crucial step and join with us in changing the Gambade story from despair to hope and from challenges to accomplishments.

Is this a cause that you feel you could support with whatever means at your disposal? Your generosity will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the 20,000 people in that region of the country of Haiti.

By helping to build the Gambade Medical Clinic, you will:

  • Prevent needless child deaths by reducing the infant-under 5 mortality rte
  • Reduce the maternal mortality rate and save the lives of women
  • Protect children from preventable disease by creating a base for vaccinations programs
  • Prevent child malnourishment by establishing growth monitoring programs
  • Improve community health by creating a space for health and hygiene workshops
  • Provide the community with a pharmacy and laboratory

For more information or to make a gift to support this important initiative, please contact:

 

 

Hamilton Marathon

Hamilton marathon

Hamilton marathon

Run or Walk for good cause, RUN/WALK for Empower Global Gambade Medical Clinic Project.

Run to make a difference in the lives of 20,000 people in Haiti.

This is our second time participating in the Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon. We are running/walking under Empower Global. By taking part, you are raising awareness and funds for a worthwhile cause and also you are helping a dynamic community in Haiti make changes for the better in the health status of their citizens. Funds raised will be used entirely for the Project. Health is so precious. Together we can help them!
WHY WE RUN/WALK?
We run/walk to impact the lives of children, pregnant women, elderly and the general population of Gambade and surrounding areas in Haiti.

Options 1: You can walk or Run 1K, 5K or 10K
Options 2: You can choose 1/2 Marathon or full Marathon.

WOULD YOU JOIN US? Register Now!

Gambade Community Members Donate Land

Future site of the clinic

One of the land donors at the future site of the clinic

This is the News Story about donation of Land

The Medical Clinic project has been initiated at the request of the Gambade health agents and community leaders. The community has also pledged to contribute with whatever they have; giving them a sense of ownership as well as partnership in generosity.

In that context, two land-owners, members of the community have donated two adjacent pieces of property large enough to build the planned Clinic. The community and the other partners are excited and encouraged by this significant gesture by two of its members.

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