In January, 2010 Cynthia had the unique opportunity to serve as an occupational therapist at a hospital in Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake. With over 400,000 orthopedic injuries sustained in the earthquake in addition to the numerous medical conditions prevalent in Haiti that would benefit from rehabilitation intervention, a need was immediately identified for Haitian rehabilitation specialists. Relief workers came and went, but there were no sustainable resources to help the injured and traumatized return to their communities with valued abilities.
In such a survivalist culture we found that many of the men, women, and children who could not walk or function well were abandoned by their families because if they could not work, their families were not able to take care of them. THEA is dedicated to advocating for this marginalized group of people and filling in this gap.
With over 400,000 orthopedic injuries sustained in the earthquake in addition to the numerous medical conditions prevalent in Haiti that would benefit from rehabilitation intervention, a need was immediately identified for Haitian rehabilitation specialists.
THEA’s College Fund is supporting two students to medical school and three students to a Rehabilitation Technician Training Program (RTTP) near Port au Prince over the next 2 years. We would like to do more.
In an attempt to have rehab equipment in the locations where the RTTP graduates work, we have gathered many donated pieces of equipment to establish two rehabilitation departments in Haiti, but we need your help. Shipping equipment to Haiti is expensive. Would you consider partnering with us in promoting rehabilitation in Haiti and helping to get the rehabilitation equipment to Haiti?
Please consider donating unused (or gently used) rehab equipment or money for the shipment to Haiti to help re-build lives in Haiti.
For equipment donations, please contact us.
Thank you so very much for your participation and interest in providing sustainable solutions in Haiti and helping others to help themselves!
Please consider making a donation towards THEA’s rehabilitation fund.