An Evening of Moving Mountains with Haiti
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
2001 Millennium Place
Johnson City, TN 37604
Jackson Williams, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University
An Evening of Moving Mountains with Haiti:
Why give to children in another country when there is so much need here? Why yet another fund-raiser for Haiti? My answer to these questions is both simple and complex. Many of us believe in the inter-connectedness of all humans, no matter one’s country of birth. We all have a right to life, freedom, and basic healthcare services – this is especially true for children.
Beyond philosophical or spiritual reasons, though, Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. With a growing population, the country continues to struggle with training an adequate number of professionals such as physicians. The 2010 Earthquake only made an already challenging situation worse. However, in the aftermath of the Earthquake several physicians from across the U.S. banded together in a commitment to help improve the healthcare situation in Haiti. From the rubble emerged the St. Damien Collaborative, which supports the work of Haiti’s only dedicated children’s hospital.
Haitians are mountain folk, much like we are here in East Tennessee. In fact the name “Haiti” originates from the original Aboriginal Indians who inhabited the island and translates to “high ground.” Mountain folks are tough. They are resilient. But there are particular challenges for those living in difficult to reach mountainous areas. There is a saying in Haiti “Dèyè mòn, gen mòn” — “Beyond mountains, there are more mountains.” In other words after you have crossed one mountain (or challenge) there is always another one to climb. It can feel defeating especially for a country that has endured so many difficulties. With the St Damien Collaborative we hope to take a fresh approach to the problem. If we only help when a disaster strikes, indeed we will just keep climbing the same mountains over and over again. Therefore how can we work together with Haiti to move mountains? Our collaborative has a long-term commitment to assist in the training of the country’s future Pediatricians. In 2016 St. Damien graduated its first class of Pediatric Residents, and now with continued support from US partners St Damien is offering further sub-specialty training for Pediatricians.
Let’s stop climbing the same mountains over and over again, and instead join with our Haitian colleagues to move mountains together. Thank you so much for your time and generosity in supporting the St. Damien Collaborative!
About the Collaborative
The St. Damien Collaborative for the Improvement of Pediatrics in Haiti is a unique partnership of pediatric residency programs from Haiti and the United States. East Tennessee State University has partnered with St. Damien Children’s Hospital as well as other collaborative members from Akron Children’s Hospital, Brown University, The University of Minnesota, The University of Nebraska, and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, as well as others as part of the St. Damien Collaborative. Click here to learn more.
NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) which was founded in 1954 in Mexico by Father William Wasson. Since that time it has grown to help care for disadvantaged children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
For more information, contact Jennifer Rayno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 386-7499 x401.