Helping Haiti Through Friends of Fort Liberte

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Helping with Pill Packing

For the last 10 years or so, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas has worked with “Friends of Fort Liberté” (FFL) to provide medical care to people in Haiti. As you all know, we buy the medicine in bulk and re-package for transport and distribution. It takes about 250 hours to count, package, and label the pills we buy and take to Fort Liberté. And we are about half way done. But we still have work to do. The next pill packing session is this Saturday (October 19)—and the last session will be October 26. All sessions are and will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall on the 4th floor of the church. If you are part of the Haiti 2020 Team (and you are not out of town), please plan to participate in these sessions. Recruit family, friends, etc. to help.  Many hands make light work! All are welcome.

 

Eat breakfast, drink coffee, socialize, and play pinball (and there really is an “Indiana Jones” pinball machine 50 feet away).

Background on Friends of Fort Liberte

FFL’s mission is “To honor God through our partnership with the Jerusalem Baptist Church of Ft. Liberte by helping feed, heal, house, and educate His children in Haiti.” Its vision is “a poverty-free Fort Liberté, Haiti, with access to food, healthcare, education and meaningful work for all.”

 

We work with FFL by staffing the Eben-Ezer Medical Clinic in Fort Liberté and providing medicines for treatment there.

 

From its rough beginning of a few volunteers and a trunk load of meds set up once a year in a dilapidated building, the EBEN-EZER CLINIC has developed into a functioning community resource with its own building and full-time Haitian medical team.  For more than 20 years, Friends of Fort Liberté teams and supporters have worked to provide  medical care for people with none.  In many ways, the clinic is a great success.  Long time visitors note an improvement in the general health of the whole Fort Liberté area and the clinic has been recognized by the Haitian Government for providing the most consistent care in the northern region for chronic disease patients.

-James Welch