"My first week at Haiti Village Health" by our new Country Director, Hannah Steadman

My name is Hannah Steadman and as of this week, I have been appointed Country Director for Haiti Village Health.  I have spent this week with our Director, Tiffany Keenan, in Bord Mer Limbe, and am excited about taking on the ground management of the many projects we have here.

My name is Hannah Steadman and as of this week, I have been appointed Country Director for Haiti Village Health.  I have spent this week with our Director, Tiffany Keenan, in Bord Mer Limbe, and am excited about taking on the ground management of the many projects we have here.

 

I have previously been working in Haiti for over a year and have much experience in healthcare and water and sanitisation projects in the region. I am also a physiotherapist and have a particular interest in engaging people with disabilities, who in Haiti are so often isolated and have little involvement with their community.

In Bord Mer Limbe we have been busy meeting with all the key people involved in the projects that Haiti Village Health has set up: the wonderful staff, committee members and other community representatives. Amidst our busy schedule we have also been fortunate enough to enjoy some festivities: 18th May is one of Haiti's biggest celebrations. 'Fèt Drapo' or 'Flag Day' is a celebration of the day that Dessaline tore up the French flag and created Haiti's own flag, soon after it became an Independent nation. The children of Bord Mer Limbe put on a spectacular parade, walking the long walk from the school next to the clinic, all the way to the neighbouring village of Sinetre and back. It was so lovely to see the mothers joining the parade to support their children.

This month we are working on replacing the roof of the current clinic, replacing the gate to the guesthouse compound and most importantly we hope to break ground with building the new clinic too. So watch this space for a progress report... 

Hannah Steadman
Haiti Village Health
Country Director

(509) 31153596
(+44) 7729209723
www.haitivillagehealth.ca


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