FHM News

We Have Moved Back to Chapel Hill

We are excited to be back in Chapel Hill!
Our new mailing address is PO Box 16783, Chapel Hill NC 27516-6783
Our phone number has stayed the same, 919-382-5500

We are needing volunteers in November for our end of the year mailing. If you are interested in helping, give us a call.

Also our first Gala Planning Team meeting is Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm. There will be light snacks and drinks provided.

Would love to see you at our new office!

FHM’s Summer Student is Accepted to Medical School

Congratulations to Lily Zerihun, one of our past Duke SRT students, who beat the odds and was accepted to eleven US medical schools for fall enrollment and continues her work in Global Health. Read more about her at this link to the Greensboro paper.

Haiti sans (without) Cervical Cancer

Haiti sans Cervical Cancer (HsCC) hosted its first annual meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince on Monday, April 24th. Family Health Ministries US and Haitian staff were in attendance. Sixty-six people representing Haitian organizations, Haitian and US healthcare providers, the Haitian Ministry of Health, and US based NGOs discussed a variety of topics which included, developing a screening registry, treatment protocols, and a potential HPV vaccine program.  It is HsCC’s hope that with shared resources and partnership, the country can begin minimizing the cervical cancer burden in Haitian women.

FHM Featured Focus

To another 25 Years!

Our 2018 Gala and Silent Auction was a huge success!  Thank you for spending your evening with us as we celebrated the last 25 years of Family Health Ministries and looked towards the future for women and children in Haiti.  We had a record number of supporters this year, with over 300 of you participating either in person, online, or by sponsoring the event and giving auction items.  Together, we raised over $62,000 to support the Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Health Center in Tom Gato, enough to fully fund clinic operations for one year.

We are thankful for all of our many donors and supporters. It is only through our collective work that we can bring change to Haiti. We are especially grateful to American Party Rentals, Westgate Wine, Diane Cobb, Susan Barker, and Carrie Tillman for their generous in-kind donations of goods and services. Their gifts have allowed the Annual Gala to grow into a signature event over the last 10 years.  We are also grateful to have had three of our special friends from Haiti- Annaus Frankel, Leon Dorleans and Harry Beauvais- present at the event to highlight our 25 years of work together.

In 25 years much has been accomplished including the building and functioning of two clinics, a cervical cancer screening program, a new Fondwa school after the earthquake, and a new office and guesthouse in Leogane. Many churches, organizations, and individuals have made FHM what it is today.

Hundreds of students, youth, and adults have sacrificed vacation hours and work schedules to come to Haiti and be part of what FHM refers to as “the ministry of presences.” Family Health Ministries has been built on the foundation of relationships and we have learned much from our Haitian friends over the years. They have welcomed us into their homes and they have made us part of their lives.

Family Health Ministries’ programs are funded, in large part, by small gifts from local businesses, faith organizations, and individuals like yourselves.  These grassroots donations mean that you a part of something bigger than one person, one church, or one community.  Together, we are supporting our Haitian partners in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families.

To the next 25 years! May we continue to work towards a better tomorrow for women and children in Haiti.

 

Blog

  By: Sarah Beaverson When I first arrived in Haiti, I was overwhelmed by the foreign language I heard around me. I struggled to understand individuals and the Haitian Creole words being yelled across the streets. After mastering the basic “Bonjou” and “Bonswa” (good morning and good afternoon – twoRead More
  Our time here in Haiti has been an incredibly immersive experience into global health fieldwork. As we look back at the past 6 weeks, we can’t believe how quickly our time here has gone by. Our first few days were marked by confusion and excessive sweating; Creole made noRead More
Meet Soinie. To say Soinie is an inspiration is an understatement! This determined lady is breaking the mold in order to build a better life for her family and the community of Fondwa. Soinie (pronounced swah-nee) has joined our construction crew to build FHM’s Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Health Center.
Haiti has many needs. Better infrastructure. A unified government. Education for all. Food security for impoverished families. More and better jobs. The list goes on. These needs are evident in the statistics we read about Haiti: