Mission Statement

Stone By Stone- building a road following God's chosen path.  Together with our brothers and sisters of Haiti, we strive to serve the cooperative of HASWEP through Listening, Educating, Supporting, Praying, Working, Advancing.

LESPWA means HOPE in Creole. 
We are full of hope for Haiti.

 

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 FANMI LASANTE

CLINIC

Desab, Haiti

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Saturday
Aug192017

If You Build It...

If you build it, they will come. Everyone knows that if you build a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield, then the great players of baseball past will come and play again. But it is also true that if you build a medical clinic in a remote village in the mountains of Haiti, people will get there. They will get there by walking, mostly, over steep, rocky footpaths. They will walk for an hour, or two hours, sometimes, to get there. They will walk while carrying small children. They will walk while feeling sick with fevers. They will walk while in pain, leaning on a stick. They will fill up the long wooden benches in the waiting room. The doctor will see patient after patient, and will peek out the door, and see that the waiting room is still just as full of patients as it was before.

 

Because people want medical care. They need medical care. And if you offer it, they will come. I was privileged to go on the June 2017 Haiti trip, and all of us on the trip witnessed this with our own eyes.

 

When the founders of Stone By Stone began looking around for a way to help Haiti, they decided to start with health care, because they believed health care was the foundation underpinning everything else. Haiti needs better education, but you can’t study and learn if you are sick. Haiti needs jobs, but you can’t work if you are sick. At that time, there was no medical care in Desab, except for when a team of Americans came over. So Stone By Stone made sponsoring the clinic their #1 goal.

 

They fixed up the building. They furnished examining rooms. They put up a new roof. They put up solar panels so they could have electricity. They got a doctor, and a dentist, and a nurse, and a pharmacy technician, and other health workers. (And all of those are local people, so they have provided Haitians with jobs, as well.) They filled the pharmacy with medicine (although never with as much medicine as they would like). And they have plans for more. They want to install a laboratory. Most importantly, they want to get national accreditation. If the clinic gets on the list of officially approved clinics, they can get free vaccinations. And in case of a disaster, they can get relief supplies delivered there. As Paul Rumo said, national accreditation would be “Huge. Huge.”

 

And we all helped make that happen. We donated drugs for the pharmacy. We donated new shirts for the babies. Some of our nurses in out group took vital signs on patients before they saw the doctor. I sat with the doctor, and gave gifts of clothes and candy and small toys to the children. (I didn’t think that was very much help, but the doctor said it was, because if I had not been there, she would have had to stop and do it herself, losing her valuable time.) All of us participated in fixing up the clinic. We painted, and painted, and painted, inside and out. We were hot, and sticky, and splattered all over with white and green paint, but when we left, that clinic shone like a beacon on the hillside. It looked clean and professional.

 

Our time in Haiti was a wonderful experience, and here are some of the reasons why. It is a known fact in development circles that often, people will come from wealthier nations with plans that are well-meaning, but don’t actually help. Because they haven’t taken the time to get to know the place or the people, and what they actually need. But it was clear that Stone By Stone is doing something that the local people value, and desire.

 

It was also a pleasure that we were not just doing something for the Haitian people. We were doing something with the Haitian people. While we Americans were painting, the Haitian children picked up brushes and painted beside us. And while we were painting, local craftsmen were doing fine work building a set of cement steps to the front door. Another local craftsman painted the sign for the clinic, which looked really sharp.

 

Sometimes people want to contribute to a charity, but they worry about waste and overhead, and lining the pockets of administrators. You don’t have to worry about that with Stone By Stone. They pour everything into the work. When the members of Stone By Stone are interviewed, they all say, “God led me here. God led me to Haiti. God put a love for Haiti in my heart. God led me to support the clinic.” And if God is leading you to do something for Haiti, either by contributing money to Stone By Stone, or by going on a future mission trip, you can be sure that you will be helping. And to all of you who have already contributed, by supporting our fundraising efforts, or by making donations of supplies, you have helped to be part of something that is helping people, right now, right this very minute. A profound thank you.

 

~Cheryl Gatling

 


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