Mobile Medical Disaster Relief's plans in Haiti to
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Purchase the land, construct the security wall, hospital, missionary & team housing and Chapel.
Construct primary & secondary school, vocational school, and demonstration farm.
Construct boys' & girls' dormitories of the orphanage and handicapped housing.
Total LiveBEYOND Haiti base: $1,450,000
Key (click to see a closeup of each building):
Land and Hospital
The 23 acres of undeveloped land within 2 hours of Port-au-Prince lies in a largely neglected region of Haiti. The area of Thomazeau hosts nearly 80,000 people (many have immigrated from Port-au-Prince since the earthquake) who largely fall below the $2/day poverty line. Situated at the base of a mountain and the shore line of a large lake, this land has access to a vast community of subsistence farmers and fishermen whose meager income only serves to perpetuate the population's growing malnutrition, disease and poverty.
The hospital MMDR has planned for this property will serve the entire district as the only fully functional surgical hospital and the only clinic operating at an affordable price (prices will vary per patient by need whereas most are a set price and unaffordable for the local population). The hospital will employ doctors and nurses from the U.S. as well as Haitians who will benefit from extra training given during the medical missionaries' stint in Haiti.
Missionary & Team Housing
The housing for the missionaries and teams will be built to house 60 team members at a time plus the resident missionaries who will be in charge of over seeing the base and all of its projects. Situated in the far corner of the property, it will be tucked out of sight of the base's major operations and safely positioned to ensure security. The house will overlook Lake Azuei and catch the ocean breeze flowing through the valley. A natural spring winds through the property providing enough water for all of the base's operations after being filtered and purified. The resident missionaries will serve the area through community development outreach programs and lead the regular teams who volunteer to serve in the hospital, school, or other centers across the base.
The Live Beyond Worship Center will be 100% interdenominational, welcoming all who worship Jesus in to worship and praise His Name. MMDR believes that worshipping GOD should be the focus of our work and therefore the chapel rests as the center point of the compound with an open view of many of the base's programs. Designed to be an open-air building it should provide a comfortable cover for focusing upon Christ before deploying into the community as His emissaries.
MMDR recognizes that regardless of how extensive our evangelism is it will never be as effective as that of a local who shares his/her testimony. To better share the love of GOD, MMDR plans to use the chapel as a pastoral training center throughout the week offering classes in Biblical text and evangelism for the benefit of the students and the community.
The chapel will also host workshops on community development for adult students. Water purification, fuel-efficient cookstoves and methods of food preservation are among some of the training that will be offered.
Primary & Secondary School
Partnering with the Children of Hope Orphanage and Hospice Primary School, MMDR will continue the schooling of CHOH's children and further their education through MMDR's secondary school and potentially the vocational school. Additionally, MMDR will provide primary schooling to children in the surrounding community whose families cannot afford for them to attent the expensive private schools available in nearby villages. After Phase 3 when the LiveBEYOND orphanage is complete, these children will also receive an education through this school. A warm meal will be provided daily for each student that attends as part of their education because brains cannot correctly develop without proper nutrition.
An essential element to developing a community is the potential for growth and employment. Desiring to see the Thomazeau region flourish, MMDR will provide vocational training in a number of subjects: diesel mechanics, tailoring, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, carpentry, masonry, and construction. From our school the students will be able to learn their craft from professional teachers on professional tools. Upon graduation they will be accepted into the MMDR cooperative where they can continue to work with the tools they trained on and sell their product in a regulated setting. Here the students will be granted access to furthering their education and purchasing affordable tools.
Technically a part of the vocational school, the demonstration farm will be used to train the local farmers in more sustainable and feasible methods of agriculture and fisheries. Displaying the latest resources from organizations like Texas A&M's Borlaug Institute of International Agricultural Development and ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), Thomazeau's farmers will be able to learn from the greatest minds in ag development. The benefits to the farmers will include greater income, less dependency on outside influences and greater nutrition. MMDR's International Projects Manager has certification in international agricultural development and sustainable fisheries and many contacts to help this program.
Boys' and Girls' Dormitories
Each designed to house 100 children, the dormitories are situated in a pod-style housing format where 3 rooms for children and 1 room for a caretaker will each surround a living area. This structure should best simulate a close-knit familial unit allowing interaction but also privacy. Each child will be shown the love every kid deserves and raised to know the love of GOD. Tucked away in the back corner of the compound, the children will be protected from the many outside visitors to the hospital and vocational school while given plenty of space to play and thrive and access to the primary and secondary school. Upon graduation from the secondary school the children will be provided the best chances available to enhance their future from the vocational school to potential scholarships for college and university studies. The kids will be encouraged to meet their full potential and recognized as Haiti's future leaders.
An unfortunate truth about many countries throughout the world is the neglect of people with special needs. This is sadly true in Haiti where children with mental or physical handicaps are frequently unwanted and tossed out. MMDR has treated many handicapped children for the trauma they have received surviving on the streets at the mercy of others. Wishing to shelter these oppressed children, Mobile Medical Disaster Relief plans to construct a dormitory specifically for the handicapped. Named "Johnny's House" after MMDR's CFO and wife of founder Dr. David Vanderpool, Laurie Vanderpool's brother Johnny Stallings who had Down Syndrome. Johnny's love blessed so many people and so in his memory many more people will be blessed. Blanketed in love and security, these special needs children will be cared for well beyond their graduation from the program. Recognizing Jesus' call to care for the oppressed and defenseless, MMDR sees this as an integral part of their mission.
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Did you know:
- 330,000 people were killed as a result of the earthquake in January of 2010
- 30,000 Children were orphaned but there are only 100 licensed orphanages
- 1,000,000 people still live under tarps
- The Cholera epidemic in Haiti has killed 15,000 people
MMDR has had a presence in Haiti since the day after the earthquake. At first the need was surgical, but since the critical first responder days, we have been providing free medical care, orphanage support, clean water and feeding initiatives, and advocating for widows and orphans and the vulnerable. We believe it is now time to step up our involvement in Haiti by building a Live Beyond Base as a permanent presence. If you would like more information on the Live Beyond Base, please contact us or read more about MMDR's LiveBEYOND base below.
Phase 1 Progress
Updated May 18, 2012