Veterinary Mission to Haiti

$1,700 of $2,000 goal

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Richard Lerner  FRAMINGHAM, MA
This Liberal Jewish veterinarian will be joining his Christian colleagues on their mission to help veterinary agents in Haiti in taking care of goats and sheep.

Though it has long disappeared from the news here stateside, Haiti is still suffering from the effects of the 2010 earthquake. 50,000 persons are still displaced and living in camps. 

What will we do? We will teach the veterinary agents to perform c-sections and rumenotomies(abdominal surgery) on small ruminants. These are important operations that help preserve flocks and herds, thereby increasing food security. 

How will your money be used? 
$720 goes to the mission 
$650 will go to transportation costs. 
$300 will go the general fund of  the nonprofit I work for, PAZ, for our next project in Peru, also involving sheep and goats. 
$200 will cover costs for my own children and animals while I am in Haiti.  (Yep, I need your help.)
$170 will be charged by gofundme. com



I'm leaving soon, but you can donate through March 1. 

PAZ (Pan American Zoonotic Research and Prevention) is looking to expand its operations outside of Peru. Although we tend to think of Latin America as Spanish-speaking, Creole-speaking Haiti is part of it as well. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and will need our help and attention for a long time. The earthquake is receding into the past, but the suffering continues.
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Update 17
Posted by Richard Lerner
23 months ago
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Thank you Thank you Thank you!
Our campaign has ended. We made 85% of our goal. The trip to Haiti was a success, and it was all made possible because of you. Check back. We will still update you on the conditions and circumstances!
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Update 16
Posted by Richard Lerner
23 months ago
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The Finish Line is in site. Today is our last day. We've got just over 80% of our goal. An enormous thank you to all of you who donated. Your generosity is inspiring. Teaching surgery in Haiti was a great honor, and I hope to do it again sometime soon.
Anderson Pooper in the Wienerdog Races
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Update 15
Posted by Richard Lerner
23 months ago
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THERE ARE ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!
We did pretty well, raising $1500 of the $2000 goal . However, I'd like to do this again, and I'd also like to go over the goal and bank some towards the next trip. In an ideal world, I wouldn't need to ask for help to volunteer. I realize that there are many good causes competing for your money. I realize that most people I know don't have much money to spend outside of their families. But if you have something, anything, no donation is too small. Thank you all for your help up to this point. May good things come to you and yours!
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Update 14
Posted by Richard Lerner
23 months ago
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Everything is connected. What I saw in Haiti was both heartening and discouraging. I met lots of wonderful people, working hard to take care of their families, to make a better Haiti. I met volunteers who are devoting their lives to making sure that the bottom doesn't fall out (any more than it already has).
But there are systemic problems as well. Senators are immune from prosecution, which means that corruption is legalized. That discourages investment, something Haiti is in desperate need of.
The environment is in crisis. Plastic bags litter the landscape and are consumed by livestock, blocking their GI tracts. Over most of the island, the topsoil has been eroded. It's gone. It takes millennia to build that up, so there will be no quick fix to the challenges confronting agriculture.
If someone chooses to come to the US, the least we can do is help that person. Yes, we need an immigration policy, but a wall is not a policy. Currently, there are hundreds of Haitians stuck at the border with Mexico. https://timesofsandiego.com/life/2017/02/17/san-diegans-tackle-quiet-crisis-haitian-refugees-in-tijuana-limbo/
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$1,700 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 24 months
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Anonymous
23 months ago
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Marlene/Dick Waller
23 months ago

Cut away!

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Suzi Glassman
23 months ago
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$15
Elizabeth Koltun
23 months ago

good luck!!!!!! My doggie is still nipping I think she is correcting " Max Love.....

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Jen Littlewolf
23 months ago
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Susan Tasaki
23 months ago
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Another great idea, Richard! Bon voyage!

JF
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Jeffrey Fleishman
23 months ago

Ricardo .. continue your good work

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23 months ago
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