Allo zanmi'm! Hello friends!!
My name is Erin Slotnick and I am an undergraduate senior studying Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology at Oregon State. Alongside Empower Haiti Together(EHT), on December 9th-19th, I hope to be assisting in a community health worker (CHW) training in rural Haiti. With your help, I need to raise $2400 by December 1st to be able to join the team on this trip! The EHT mission is to create a truly sustainable aid progam by teaching a few community leaders basic healthcare practices, so that they may teach more students, which then go to teach more students AND SO ON! The results, as already seen on previous trips, are widespread and permanent!!
Students from Oregon State Universty will be hosting and participating in a community meeting where CHWs are voted for. Health concerns such as cholera, malaria, hurricane disease prevention, CPR, hypertension/diabetes, and clean water practices will be addressed. The next step is to prove initial training for these new leaders. We plan to have ongoing update trainings for these CHWs throughout the week. We will also be supporting local businesses in promotion of goods and services as well as getting to know the needs of the community and being a vessel to help define these goals, rather than assume what the goals should be. Below are pictures of Balon, one of the many rural villages we will be working in!
The total cost of this trip is $2,400 and includes all transportation costs, meals, activities, lodging, translators, supplies, and funding for EHT. $1500 goes to Empower Haiti Together and $900 for the plane ticket.
If you have seen brief coverage of Hurricane Matthew and have felt called to help in any way, please consider supporting me and Empower Haiti Together on this healthcare training trip. For months, the Lord has placed Haiti on my heart and I remained open, yet was consumed by school, work, and life. However after learning about the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Matthew, and meeting the leaders of Empower Haiti Together, I could no longer deny the urgency of this mission. Supplies like chlorine to treat water, oral rehydration salts for those suffering from cholera, tarps, toilet paper, food (all locally purchase in country to support Haiti’s economy), and inflatable solar lights are being sent to hurricane affected areas through EHT at this moment. We will be the hands and feet on the ground in the midst of disaster relief.
I know incredible things are about to take place!
“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
― Pope John Paul II
- Ron& Barbara Damstra
- Toni Johnson
- Sharon Martinez
- Luann Huynh
- John Chawner