The Cloud Foundation’s mission is to increase access to health care to people who live in Haiti's rural areas and to provide solar power to the Institution Mixte de Jeri School in Port au Prince.
Haiti has some of the world’s worst health indicators that significantly inhibits its development as a prosperous and stable nation. Its already weak health system that was catastrophically setback by the 2010 earthquake which demolished 50 health centers was further debilitated by the devastating Hurricane Matthew that struck the island nation in October, 2016.
While efforts are being made by the Haitian government and the international community to build long-term solutions to chronic health challenges affecting the nation, the immediate health needs of Haitians are not being met. Medical facilities located in rural towns are few and far between. To make matters worse, the majority of Haitian villagers living in the rural communities, particularly in the mountains, lack the means of transportation to access health care. With few automobiles available, the sick and injured have to make a dangerous foot or donkey ride journey to the nearest hospital - that's provided they are physically able to attempt it. Rather than make the trip, many seek assistance from Voodoo practitioners with less than favorable outcomes. As a result, the majority of people living in the Haitian countryside simply don’t receive proper medical treatment. Consequently, many suffer or die needlessly.
Mobile Medical Clinic
The Foundation in collaboration with its Haitian partner, Dr.Jean Ro Piard, the Medical Director of the Centre Medical Delmas, put a modified ambulance into operation that serves as a mobile medical clinic to bring much needed health care to villagers in under-served countryside communities who have difficulty or cannot travel to the few clinics in distant towns. In short, the mobile clinic will give the most vulnerable people in Haiti access to health care.
The Foundation’s mobile clinic not only travels to community hubs such as churches and schools to host clinics, but literally sets up shop on the side of the road wherever needed or visit homebound patients. It also functions as an ambulance in emergencies.
The mobile clinic is addressing Haiti's medical crisis due to cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, HIV, bacterial and protozoal dysenteries, and malaria, among other illnesses and urgent care needs. It is also helping to solve a considerable number of other major health problems such as the rate of infant mortality/maternal mortality and acute respiratory infections.
Essential Medicine Dispensor
The availability of essential medicines in Haiti has been a significant challenge in meeting the health care needs of its residents. Many of the existing health problems facing Haiti can be treated or prevented by essential medicines. The problem is that Haiti is among the lowest income countries in the world with a GDP of less than $726 per capita. About 54% of the population live on less than $1 a day, and 78% live on less than $2 a day. This makes access to essential medicines unaffordable, particularly for children. The story of Wancelo in the Testimonial Section of this website is a painful example of the deadly consequences of the unaffordability of life-saving HIV medication.
The Foundation will seek contributions of essential medicines here in the U.S., and coordinate with the Program for Essential Medicines and Supply (PROMESS), Haiti’s central agency for the provision, storage and distribution of these medicines. The Foundation acts as the medicine outlet/dispensary to rural Haitians from its mobile clinic.
Jeri School Solar Power Project
The Foundation has partnered with Lavarice Gaudin, founder of the newly constructed Institution Mixte de Jeri school in Port au Prince to secure solar energy power for the building. The school has an enrollment of 250 students in different grade levels. It also operates a feeding program that provides afternoon meals to 1,200 neighborhood children five-days a week.
The energy power sector in Haiti is among the most challenged in the region. Only about one-quarter of the population has access to electricity. Even for those with access to electricity, reliability is inconsistent. Users in Port-au-Prince, for example, have an average of 10 hours of service per day; mostly during the evening hours. This lack of reliability requires many businesses and households – including the Jeri School – to install costly, inefficient, and environmentally unfriendly gasoline and diesel generators. This lack of access to affordable and reliable power hinders investment, constrains the development of productive businesses, and degrades living standards for residential customers.
Our solar energy project will focus on providing electricity and energy services to the school. The goal is to build a 5kW solar system. This will eliminate the ongoing inconsistency with the school’s power supply that leaves students with little to no power at times.
Solar Energy World has generously donated a number of solar panels. Please join them in helping us make this energy project a success with a donation of solar panels, equipment and supplies or a monetary contribution today which will bring much-needed energy and electricity to the school.