Local resident Dr. Jim Morgan is the medical director at the Lamp for Haiti, a non-profit organization that provides medical services to the people in the city of Cité Soleil and its surrounding regions.
Cité Soleil is located on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and is the home to nearly 300,000 people, most of whom live in extreme poverty. These residents are deprived of basic health care needs and services. The average person lives on less than 50 cents per day. No doubt the neighborhood is one of the poorest slums in the world.
The Lamp for Haiti organization is doing its very best to change that. Their work includes engaging in water and sanitation projects, supporting local schools, and providing health education and humanitarian aid to the Haitian people. Primarily the organization’s focus is on healthcare. The Lamp’s Health Care Center is open five days a week, year round, and allows patients to see physicians, who can appropriately diagnose and treat their illnesses and diseases, at no cost to the patient.
Earlier this year, the Lamp for Haiti was accepted as a partner in an excellent new program established by the US non-profit AmeriCares. As part of the program a medical unit has been set up in a downtown Port-au-Prince hospital that will provide minor surgery and treatment to clients on a no-cost basis. The program also offers treatment to children that are suffering from complications of malaria and typhoid, and other respiratory diseases. This partnership has been a wonderful opportunity. To be able to provide a range of surgery and treatment like this is an unprecedented offering for the people of Cité Soleil.
This expanded offering requires the Lamp for Haiti staff to transport patients to and from the Port-au-Prince hospital unit for care. Currently the Lamp for Haiti Health Care Center works with one ambulance. This medical vehicle has many purposes but is mainly used to transport patients and and for procurement, as well as a wide range of managerial tasks. To safely and efficiently serve as many patients as possible, the Lamp for Haiti clinic must purchase a second ambulance so that one ambulance can be used for transporting patients to and from the hospital while the second ambulance is stationed at the clinic to respond to health emergencies and to be used as a protective mobile unit in case of a security threat.
Dr. Morgan and his Lamp for Haiti staff work tirelessly to provide basic human rights to some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere. Our goal is to raise enough money for the clinic to purchase a second amublance. This fundraising effort will help the Lamp for Haiti staff work more efficiently and safely, affecting and saving more lives in the process. We ask that you consider participating in spreading the word about this worthy cause however you can. The people of Cité Soleil will benefit greatly from your help and lives will be saved because of your generous support and donations.
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