Posts Tagged ‘God’s practical love’

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Daniel is dead.  Jerry is now quaking for his son.  Daniel was 16.  Jerry is a drug dealer and in prison.

Dan Spargo-Mabbs lived in Croydon. The family are regular members of their church, Emmanuel South Croydon. Dan used to run free errands for the elderly people to whom he delivered papers. He also helped out church members with gardening and odd jobs.  You’d be happy to have the family round for dinner.  Fathers – you’d be happy for your 16 year old daughters to date him.

On Friday 17th January 2014, Dan persuaded his mum to let him go to a local party with friends. As Dan was usually responsible, mum agreed. But they went to an illegal rave instead. It was the first time he’d been to a rave. At the rave Dan (more…)

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Into The Disaster Zone

Posted: 7 October 2016 in Haiti
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3ac59468-2557-4de0-84e8-a2784b651707The situation in Haiti continues to reveal the harrowing impact of Hurricane Michael – gone but not forgotten.  The death toll in Haiti goes up and up as they pull bodies out of the rubble and the sea. Watch the BBC footage. First responders into SW Haiti have found…’80% of homes damaged and crops destroyed.’  Tragically, there are still many locations still out of communication and still with no access.  Including NW Haiti, not too far from our hospital.

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We Welcome Emergencies

Posted: 17 September 2016 in Haiti
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Why welcome emergencies?  Car accident victims, burst appendices, food poisoning, premature births, etc?  Blood and guts with accompanied terrors, pain fear?  Because that is where much hospital care starts and we exist for this. (And more besides.)

Back in Haiti.  L’Hopital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti Emergency Department building was finished during my last visit, but a medical service is far far more than just a building.  It needs adequate equipment and trained staff.  And now this gear has arrived by container from HHA in UK, the Hospital have opened for business.  In the first month: road accidents, emergency surgeries, drowning, other traumas, animal bites, domestic accidents, burns etc.  People getting swift, effective treatment – rather than going further afield, or to expensive private clinic.  Or resorting to DIY.

Of course, before we had the Emergency Department, we did this work anyway.  But now HCBH staff manage to do the triage faster and take better care of our patients.   When Radiology Department is open and fully function, then the service will be in top gear. (more…)

ATBAll that tax we pay – where does it go?  Just a tiny tiny tiny bit comes to us, Haiti Hospital Appeal.

I work for Haiti Hospital Appeal, and HHA gets a grant from you. Via the taxman, through the Government’s foreign aid budget, to us.  Then from us, to Haiti to traditional birthing attendants.  We work with 90 (more…)

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Use your Excel macros skills to help a hospital in Haiti.  L’Hôpital Convention Baptiste d’Haïti (HCBH) works for the poor in northern Haiti, in Cap-Haitien.  I am analysing data from the still new cashiers procedures.  I am getting 12-14,000 records per month on Excel.  The problem I want help on, is that no distinction is made between primary service and secondary services.  (more…)

Commercial version of BSC

Commercial version of BSC

Hey, we work for charities. Good causes! Why be “balanced” at all. Let’s get on with The Cause. Really? Rather naive. We persuade people to part with their money in good causes – and immediately you have all four parts to balance. The donor. The money itself. The service given. Getting it from one to the other.

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Disability campaign. Handbike Relay to Switzerland starts in Bromley

Handbike Relay to Switzerland starts in Bromley

Two teams in low low slung bikes, hand propelled, take off onto the busy A roads of England Hand-powered against the lorries, busses and trucks. Madness!

This morning I joined the crowd to wave off two small teams taking on an ambitious 1,000km Handbike relay from London to Switzerland, to raise funds for disability work in Haiti.  Coping with disability is hard enough in the developed world, but in Haiti, people with disabilities are often seen as ‘worthless’ with little access to health care and no place in society. 98% of people with disabilities in the developing world don’t have access to rehabilitation.

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