Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.
Russell Maroni shares his experience as a healthcare missionary One year ago, Haiti was struck by a catastrophic, 7.0-magnitude earthquake. In the days that followed, reports of the devastation flooded in. More than 1,700 miles away, Russell Maroni was working as an X-ray technologist at Akron Children’s Hospital. Married with a baby on the way […]
Saturday We spent a few hours away from Saint Damien’s Hospital. Went out to a rural village, Fondwa, which is a 2-hour drive up in the mountains. This is the village Sister Judy was living/working in when the earthquake hit. The village was destroyed. Amazing how roads are still piled with rocks and rubble; buildings still […]
Friday We’ve been so busy, little time to get onto the one computer here that is on the Internet. Thought we’d have “smart phone” access and texting, but it’s Haiti! We’ve been VERY busy. We sleep after sundown and get up well before mass at 7am, while patients are already assembling. The mass is an amazing […]
Things are never easy in Haiti. Here 3 days and finally getting an internet and phone connection. Very, very intensely hot….Haiti in the summer. Our accommodations are really not bad at all. Military style large tent, on very comfortable padded cots. Cold water, refreshing showers. Still lots of international presence here since the quake, but hospital back […]
After studying abroad in England for a semester this spring and traveling to various European countries, I feel more comfortable with being on my own and familiarizing myself with other cultures. I know how to pack my belongings under airline weight restrictions, and I can survive five weeks with one suitcase. But none of the […]