Sionfonds Blog

Why we do what we do….

Yesterday morning after hiking through some rolling hills we arrived at our Kenscoff school. Already many were waiting for us. One woman in particular stood out. She barley seemed to be able to sit up let alone stand. She was pale and very ill. She was seen...

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The Challenge

Tomorrow 15 dedicated Americans and Canadians will arrive to travel the country with Sionfonds for Haiti staff, and provide medical and dental care to the schools and communities Sionfonds serves. Since our last medical trip six month ago all of us have been working...

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We Continue on; A True Partnership

I will be heading back to Haiti in a couple weeks. It has been 3 months since my last visit, the time in between has passed quickly; first recovery, getting my bearings back home where so much of what we think is a necessity is really a convenience, then back to work...

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Mesi Anpil (Thank you very much)

As the famous, at least to those of us who participate in Sionfonds for Haiti medical trips, Scott Bullock said last November “We work hard when we come to Haiti, but I always get more than I give.” I agree a thousand times over--as I leave Haiti today I feel...

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Pulling Teeth

This was not my first medical trip in Haiti, but it was the first time I went with Sionfonds.  One of the things that impressed me the most was that Sionfonds is providing not only medical, but also dental care.  While there are many groups sending medical teams to...

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Pieces

Robenson, who is the director of Kenscoff school  said to me yesterday, that the reason he believes in education so deeply is because, as he tapped his head "this is all  I have, and with it I can change my life and help others. If I can educate  200 children  and...

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Haiti gets into your heart

Haiti gets into the hearts of  people who come here in a way that is, I believe, unique. I know it did for me, and many of my friends and even after many years of leading groups here I am still inspired and in love with this place. It is rewarding for me  to see a...

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Kenscoff school clinic day

Kenscoff is above Port au Prince past Petionville and yesterday was cold and rainy. This has been a trip full of unexpected events and it being cold and rainy fit right in.  The school was toward the top of a mountain which was shrouded in rain fog when I arrived. On...

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Day Three Clinic in Auban

The hurricane and the rain had subsided this morning as we left Marigot the sun sun was shining. There are many people we will remember in Marigot. One beautiful young woman had 5 teeth pulled and kept asking the dentist about whether it was okay that she had not...

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Successful Clinic despite Hurricane Weather

We held a very successful clinic in a small village on the southern coast of haiti yesterday. It was a "hurricaine day" so school was called off and we were not able to bring in entire classes of kids for dental sealants and fluoride. However lots of parents brought...

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We Have Arrived

Port au Prince looks better than on our last trip in April. There is less rubble, fewer tents in the streets, more cleared lots.  But the tents are looking worn and no match for even a small hurricaine.  We have spent the afternoon at the foyer de sion orphanage and...

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Medical trip preparation

Annie Blackstone:  We have 19 volunteers preparing to leave for Haiti on Nov 2nd.  We will be providing basic medical care and dental care in four rural communities.  These are very rural and impoverished communities where many residents receive their only medical...

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