These before and after pictures are just the beginning of the story. Hôpital Adventiste is undergoing a major transformation. With an effort to make the hospital look on par with the quality of services we offer some minor and major renovations were necessary. We want patients to have a small taste of the kingdom of God when they enter the gates of HAH. We want them to feel peace and have an environment conducive to healing. This is a stark contrast to the chaos, and destruction of nature that exists outside the gates of our hospital. For many years various projects have been done at Hôpital Adventiste and have improved it in a number of ways. But this past year we were able to organize a coordinated effort to systematically clean up, fix up and overhaul the institution.
In April of 2019 Jonathan Euler who works with a nearby sister organization helped us on a small project. His resourcefulness was so incredibly helpful that I asked him if he could help us on a full time basis. Work was going slow with his other organization due to political issues and so he was able to make himself available to supervise our work crew. He has been a huge blessing to HAH. His organizational skills and ability to get stuff done is unparalleled. I also owe a lot of gratitude to my dad Peter and his friend JT Haas who have made multiple trips down here this past year and lent their expertise and work ethic to the effort. My dad still likes to put in 10+ hour days and use his skills as a retired dentist to drill holes and fix just about anything. JT recently retired from Pacific Gas and Electric where he was in charge of power distribution for the central coast of California. We have had experts give advice and others come to do electrical work but never before has expertise and the ability to get a job done been so effectively combined.
In a country where people struggle to feed their family, where political turmoil has devastated the economy, and where people are suffering from illness and injury without resources to access care, we had to ask ourselves if painting the walls, landscaping and putting up light fixtures at Hôpital Adventiste made sense. The experiment began with a few small jobs here and there. Workers were begging for more work. We provided it. The hospital needed painting and volunteers said it was too dangerous to come to Haiti so we hired local workers. Workers learned new skills, they got paid, and they fed their families. The workers and hospital employees started developing a zeal for the work and a sense of pride for well-done projects. Everyone was encouraged. Now I see our employees, patients and other visitors taking selfies in front of the hospital. Donor funds are not getting used just once, they are getting used over and over. Money is used to pay workers, the hospital gets fixed up, workers are trained in new skills and their families are getting fed. This allows us to operate our hospital more efficiently than ever and create more accessibility for patients in need. The pictures that follow portray some of the more cosmetic aspects of the hospital makeover. It is a work in progress. Thank you all for your support, it is making a difference, a big difference. We have many more goals for 2020!!
Thank you to Jonathan, JT and Peter for all their hard work!