Thank you for your faithful support of Grace Children’s Hospital. The situation in Haiti continues to be dire with food and fuel shortages. Last month, the USA Board of Grace Children’s Hospital sent an emergency infusion of $15,000 to provide food for the patients and staff of GCH, however donations are needed for continued support.
No stranger to disasters, the resiliency of the Haitian people is truly inspiring. Yet again they are facing a huge challenge to their very survival. Having weathered so many natural disasters over the last decades, Haiti now faces an unprecedented economic inflation crisis which is impacting all citizens as the cost of basic items such as food and fuel spiral out of control.
In March, approximately 115 women safely gathered in the meeting facility at Grace Children’s Hospital to recognize International Women’s Day 2019. The event included a cultural program as well as a training session, “Violence based on gender and the importance of women in the community.”
As we enter Spring, the Race for Grace cycling team again begins its training for the Hotter’N Hell 100 in Wichita Falls, TX, an endurance fundraising event that the team will participate in to raise money for Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti.
Advent is here and with Christmas just around the corner, this is a spiritual time of gratitude, generosity and love.
As pastor of First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, I know how quickly the holidays can fill our calendars and our thoughts. That is why I am asking you now to please plan a special gift to Grace Children’s Hospital this blessed season.
Sally Lefevre, a 32-year-old Haitian factory worker and mother, sought care at Grace Children’s Hospital (GCH) in Haiti as a last resort after enduring unexplained back pain for several years. Suffering progressive weakness in her legs, she needed a walker just to get around. Despite seeking care at another hospital and even resorting to alternative treatments by a witch doctor, her condition only continued to worsen.
A leading public health expert, Dr. Josette Bijou has spent 50+ years selflessly serving the people of Haiti. Internationally recognized for her work in the public health sector, she has been a driving force behind significant strides to improve the health and quality of life in this fragile but resilient country.
Polene and her children, ages 10 and 5, live in a tent community in Port-au-Prince. Meant for temporary housing after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, tent cities are still common throughout the city. Polene’s family and neighbors live in harsh conditions without clean water or toilets, and the scrap metal structures are what they call home.
A thirty-minute drive from the nearest city, across a rough terrain, and through a river (four times), lies the rural and isolated community of Jolitrou. Before International Child Care, locals had to walk 4 hours each way to the nearest hospital and once there, many times were told to come back another day or denied health care completely. Once ICC partnered with the community to create a clinic, the infant mortality rate dropped significantly and many lives were saved.
When Gregory Adrien came to Grace Children’s Hospital in 1998, severely malnourished and crippled by Tuberculosis, it’s no wonder he quickly learned to regard the staff and other children at Grace as his family. Now, almost 20 years later, he has a family of his own.
When Grace Children’s Hospital first started in 1967, it was as a small Tuberculosis clinic in Haiti with a goal of treating and healing 100 children. Now in its 50th year, the hospital is celebrating the accomplishments of treating not 100 children, but well more than 100,000 children, while also educating the public about how the battle against Tuberculosis is not over.
When Rev. June Franck of First United Methodist Church of McKinney, TX heard about Grace Children’s Hospital’s 50th anniversary, she felt called to help the children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Read more to discover her 50for50 idea.
He is risen.Three words carry the entire weight of our Christian faith. If Christ did not rise again, then He was not Lord, and He did not overcome the world and sin.
By creatively using the number 50, we can each raise support to give hope and health to the children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Looking for ideas? Here's some to get you started.
Two years ago, Yadiel Collado’s life consisted of this: he spent most of his days lying on a table or in his bed. Occasionally he would look at something as he moved it with his hand, but his eyesight was scattered. He never spoke. Read on to see how he is doing now.
When Helen Waterson passed away at the end of 2016, she made sure that her and her late husband’s love and devotion for ICC and Grace Children’s Hospital would be carried on. Alongside their children, she left part of her will to ICC, showing the priority ICC has had in their lives since the ‘60s. And all of her children agreed: this is how it should be.
When we look back to the beginnings of Grace Children’s Hospital, there are so many who helped make James and Virginia’s vision possible. Hilda and Napoleon Etienne were definitely two of them. Caring, loving, and devoted to their community, they played a significant role in the beginnings of the hospital in the 1960s.
We invite you to be humbled this year, perhaps step out of your comfort zones, and experience the cultures of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on a Mission Education Encounter Team. Taking a “mission trip” with International Child Care will seem very different from trips you may have gone on in the past.
Christmas time at Grace Children's Hospital brought presents, smiles, laughter, music, and lots of fun.
“The catastrophe slowed our progress,” said Dr. Ronnie Derius, medical director at the hospital. “Instead of growing the hospital to move forward, we are obliged to think about rebuilding and repairing instead.”