FHM News

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. Read More

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 Read More

Haiti sans (without) Cervical Cancer

Haiti sans Cervical Cancer (HsCC) hosted its second annual meeting at the Montana in Port-au-Prince on Monday, June 28, 2018. Family Health Ministries US and Haitian staff were in attendance. 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.  Didi Bertand shared her expertise, personal cervical cancer story and vision for cervical cancer prevention in Haiti. 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

Hope for the Future of Haiti

An update from Michael Anello, FHM In-Country Director

 

Last week we sheltered in place at the FHM Guesthouse in Leogane. We were unable to exit the front gate due to blockades of rocks, tree branches, and burning tires lining the road to and from Leogane. Most of our staff both in and out of Port-au-Prince were unable to travel to our facilities so the Blanchard and Tom Gato clinics remained mostly closed. One important exception has been our local security guards in Leogane who have diligently protected our property.

 

We were surprised at how many people found our guesthouse a safe place to take shelter from the turmoil and confusion of this country if only for a few hours.  Friends stopped in, called, and in general made sure we were safe. It was comforting to know that people cared and truly looked out for our safety.

 

Everyday brought new challenges. For us the lack of diesel remains our most pressing problem. But people are pulling together and sharing resources and information. We helped coordinate the evacuation of 10 volunteers from a partner organization Zami Fondwa and a friend of mine by helicopter on Friday. All have returned to the States safely.

 

The last few days have brought a reprieve from the violence and protests. The Prime Minster Jean-Henry Ceant made an address to the country on Saturday outlining an economic plan to help resolve the current crisis. Haitian’s remain anxious over the future of Haiti and many can not look past finding drinking water and food for the coming days.

 

Many uncertainties remain for this country. The future is very unpredictable, and life continues to remain very hard for the people we serve. We continue to pray for reconciliation within the government fractions, for economic stability of the country, but most importantly for a better future for our Haitian friends.

 

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
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.
Many Haitian dishes are not complete without “pikliz”. I’m a Southern gal and cole slaw is a common side dish where I’m from. Well, pikliz looks similar to cole slaw but less creamy and a lot more spicy! Haitians use it as a relish to spice up their dish, takingRead More
If you’ve ever been to Haiti you’ve certainly noticed the colorful booths on the side of the road. These stalls are called borlettes and