An Excerpt from a Message from American Association President, Peter J. Kelly, MD, GCM:
I was introduced to the Order of Malta while volunteering at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in northern Haiti, which was started in 1985 by 2 Knights from the American Association’s Missouri Area, Ted Dubuque, MD, KM, and Carlos Reese, KM.
This hospital played an important role in caring for victims of the earthquake in 2010 and started a prosthetic lab for the many victims of that earthquake who required amputations because of their injuries. The lab is one of few in Haiti that continues to care for the amputees from that earthquake who were children and require replacement of artificial limbs as they grow. Click here to read about how they can help the amputee victims of this earthquake.
Thank you for your continued generosity to all of these Order of Malta ministries which are focused on helping the people of Haiti. Please continue to keep the people of Haiti in your prayers.
A Message from American Association Hospitaller, Kenneth R. Craig, KM:
The Hospitallers of the American, Federal, and Western Associations have been working to identify ways for our members to support relief efforts in Haiti. The American Association is pleased to provide details on three organizations that are very involved in the areas hardest hit by the earthquake and whom we trust to utilize donated funds to deliver tangible and meaningful relief to the affected population. In support of this vital relief, the American Association has donated $5,000 to each of these organizations. Any support you provide will be very much appreciated. Please continue to keep the people of Haiti in your prayers!
Malteser International America
Malteser International Americas is the worldwide relief organization of the Order of Malta and has been active in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. MI Americas is working with partner organizations in relief efforts that involve housing, hygiene, sanitation, agriculture, care for livestock, and the provision of safe drinking water. Click here to donate– choose “Haiti Earthquake” as the Project Region.
Haitian Health Foundation
The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities living in the greater Jérémie region through healthcare, education and community development. Marilyn and Jerry Lowney, the Executive Director and President, are members of the American Association’s Connecticut Area and the founders of HHF and their facilities are close to the epicenter of the earthquake. Their efforts have evolved over the last 30 years to what it is now a primary health care delivery outpatient clinic serving over 100,000 patients per year, an outstanding community health promotion and outreach program to mountain and remote villages, the construction of houses and latrines for many poor families and the elderly, goat distribution, feeding facilities, financing primary and secondary education, and many other programs. Click here to donate — choose “Earthquake Relief 2021” as the designation.
Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti’s mission is driven by the fundamental belief that there is always a pathway to a better life in Haiti despite the numerous challenges that exist. JoAnne Kuehner, a member of the American Association from the Naples Area and past member of the Board of Councillors, founded Hope for Haiti to help Haitian children access education. She expanded the organization’s focus to include healthcare with the help of a Naples-based gastroenterologist, Dr. Keith Hussey. To accomplish their mission, they have implemented an integrated model for development that has been proven to reduce poverty by working with community leaders in rural areas in five key program areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, access to clean water, and economic opportunity. Click here to donate. Click here to read the Hope for Haiti’s Emergency Appeal for Earthquake Relief in Haiti.