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Going to battle…

11 Jun

The above words were said by Dr. Yves and Dr. Valcin who lead the Mother Angela Clinic here in the Diocese of Jacmel. The Coronavirus is on the rise in Haiti. Like other poor countries, there is no protection from this widespread enemy. Here the hospitals are closed because doctors have no supplies or protective gear. The Mother Angela Clinic is the only mobile clinic, visiting villages located in the mountains. We, too, were struggling with no protective gear. We reached out to some organizations and were able to acquire 8 paper gowns and 16 masks. We knew we had to do something quickly, so we reached out to Helen Yee, Director of the Felician Sisters Care Center in Lodi, NJ. She immediately sent us, via FedEx, some much-needed face shields, an infrared thermometer and some masks. She had no disposable gowns to spare because, in the States, they are difficult to purchase at this time. We needed to act fast. That led us to Plan B. We found some sheets that could be made into gowns, and Sr. Izzy went to work. Within 24 hours, everyone had two gowns each and a bottle of Clorox to wash them. The clinic follows the regulations given from the Ministry of Health–no more than five people gathered in one space at a time. Keeping patients faithful to social distancing is a new job for Fritz, our driver, as well as telling everyone to wash their hands from a bucket with water, Clorox and soap for hand washing. Please pray for our Mother Angela Clinic team who are willing to face the battle and this war against the Coronavirus.

From left to right, Dr. Yves, Dr. Valcin and TCheri a medical student.
Nèlie our nurse (r) and Rosemanie our pharmacist (l).
Fritz our driver.
Nèlie taking vital signs and preparing the patient to see the doctor.
Dr. Valcin putting patient information into the iPad.
Dr. Yves waiting for his next patient.
Mother Angela Clinic team from left to right:
Dr. Yves, TCheri, Rosemani, Dr. Valcin, Nèlie,
and Fritz.

Love never fails

Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. 

Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbors near and far.

Love compels us to give and act as one. 

Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before. 

As we pray in our individual homes – and around the world – we are united as one family.

So, let us pause and find a moment of peace, as we lift up our hearts together in prayer. 🙏🏽

 
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