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Haitian Winter, Part 2: From C to Shining C, Handy Around the Clinic (Photo Essay)

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There are trucks galore everywhere as well:




It is a wonder that everything keeps running, with so many shortages in Haiti. Well, almost everything:




Now we are getting closer to our destination:





Really close:




Finally, our destination:



This is the refurbished annex compound of nearby, earthquake-damaged Grace Children's Hospital, whose inpatient clinic was condemned because of the Great Quake and later demolished, although, fortunately, the same fate did not befall the entire hospital, which lay caddy-corner across the street behind me as I was taking this picture. Grace Children's was founded in 1967 as the flagship ministry of ICC or International Child Care, and, as the name implies, the hospital specializes in the care of children, particularly the treatment of  tuberculosis (TB), and, because it is so important to children's health in Port-au-Prince, efforts are already well underway to rebuild and even expand it.

Moreover, ICC medical personnel, dauntless of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that rocked the entire city and most of the country, continued to work out of tents on the campus to provide what services they could in any way they could during and after the disaster. And fortunately the hospital's satellites have also continued to function in various ways. What we are looking at above is actually an outpatient clinic, although it too suffered damage. However, generous donations to Grace Children's have helped restore and expand it as well:



Yes, you are reading the words "Hockey for Haiti", and this does not refer to field hockey, but ice hockey. This plaque actually acknowledges an ongoing program set up by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and World Vision Canada to help rebuild Grace Children's Hospital. From the World Vision Canada website:

Devastated in the January 12 earthquake, Grace Children's Hospital is one of Haiti's leading pediatric hospitals for the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB) and other respiratory diseases.

Hockey for Haiti was started by Haitian-Canadian NHL veteran Georges Laraque. Proceeds will help rebuild the hospital, restoring hope, dignity and good health to the children and families of Haiti.

To encourage fan participation, the NHLPA launched an online auction of 140 Olympic hockey jerseys worn by NHLPA members from 12 countries in the 2010 Olympics, including jerseys from Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews and Nick Lidstrom. For more information, visit  http://www.nhlpa.com/Giving-Back/Hockey-For-Haiti/

But we were not here today to look at the outpatient clinic primarily. Georgianne had really come to interview this man, Handy Tilbert, about a new women's clinic half-hidden behind the outpatient clinic:

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Thanks.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 7:36:32 PM
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