WE ADVANCE-NAP VANSE PROGRAM UPDATE
CLINIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH
WE ADVANCE has seen almost 1,000 patients in the clinic. Treatments include everything from worms, dehydration to hypertension, pregnancy, STDs and water borne illnesses.
WE ADVANCE is training Haitian nurses.
WE ADVANCE provides worm and vitamins to the community via our trained nurse. They often visit people’s homes and treat the children. They also provide prenatal care wherever WE ADVANCE is able via our mobile medical clinic.
WE ADVANCE recently began safe breast feeding, nutrition and massage therapy classes.
BATH DAY: WE ADVANCE’s biggest hit is with community children. We fill a pool of FRESH, CLEAN water and parents bring their children to bathe and receive hygiene kits.
DENTAL HYGIENE: WE ADVANCE volunteers teach children about dental hygiene and distribute tooth brushes and paste.
FEMININE HYGIENE: One of WE ADVANCE’s foreign volunteers is trained in hygiene education through her former job with the British Army. So far we have held these only for women but wish to expand.
CONDOM DISTRIBUTION: WE ADVANCE distributes condoms to women in the community and provide information on sexually transmitted diseases. We now have men showing up at the clinic to receive free condoms.
MENTAL HEALTH: Post Traumatic Stress Disease (PTSD) is prevalent in most communities throughout Haiti. WE ADVANCE’s volunteer mental health specialist, Dr. Nancy, is educating over 50 men and women on PTSD. She provides her own materials for this three part training program. The first training took a week to complete. She will be back in June for round two and July for round three. Once they have completed the course in full, they will be qualified to identify PTSD and give basic treatment.
WE ADVANCE hopes to supplies the trainees with their own materials so they too can hold classes and continue the training in their communities.
CHOLERA: WE ADVANCE have been very active in monitoring Cholera and have donated flash lights, 500,000 Purr tabs, tents, water filters, adult diapers, oral rehydration. WE ADVANCE has held several training in various camps on Cholera education and Hygiene.
EDUCATION: WE ADVANCE teaches over 100 people and have a long “waiting” list for future classes. We divided the men from the women (so the women would feel more comfortable). Classes are three times a day, three times a week.
WE ADVANCE holds weekly (almost daily) Art Classes and other activities for the children.
WE ADVANCE is helping ProDev (a partner of PARTNERS IN EDUCATION) in providing educational tools to its students.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND OUTREACH:
MAPPING AND RESEARCH
WE ADVANCE have 20 women WALK the streets of Cité Soleil to garner information about what services are available and survey random women. Our volunteer sociologist will review the data, add to the survey and hold her own focus groups. We are developing a research project together for a formal written report we will be submitting to various Reviews and Journals (hopefully) for publication. There has been NO raw data or reports written about Cité Soleil, which is the largest slum in the western hemisphere. WE ADVANCE’s goal is to be the first group to accomplish this task.
WE ADVANCE supports KOFVIV and FAVILEK, two local women’s groups, which help give women a means to speak out about their lives by creating shows that are performed in the tent camps throughout Port-au-Prince. KOFVIV and FAVILEK also bring uplifting performances to the children and families living in tent camps, using theatre to bring some much needed laughter, and as a means to help the community recover its joy and hope.
WE ADVANCE has provided these organizations with 1,000 solar flash lights, rape whistles, and 25 telephones for camp agents and currently we are distributing 65 shelter box tents to their agents in camps.
WE ADVANCE has supported Jayne Fleming and her safe house project by donations of diapers, medications, clothing and $2,500 towards rent.
One of our legal volunteers, on behalf of WE ADVANCE, have counseled 8 individual rape cases from various camps; and, have acted as a consultant for 3 private individuals working in IDP camps to create a referral network and set up mobile medical clinics. She has been consulted by various other NGOs in other parts of Haiti on our programs and given guidance as to how to set up their own programs.
WE ADVANCE has provided Cholera training, general advocacy and distributed Christmas gifts in several deaf camps throughout Haiti. We are currently in negotiations to place up to 300 at risk women with children in a permanent village. They will learn sign language, employable skills, receive a free home and a place to work in exchange for acting as the deaf advocates. Ground for the first permanent deaf village in Haiti since the earthquake has already been broken.
WE ADVANCE AS LIAISION BETWEEN NGOs
WE ADVANCE staff and volunteers are often contacted about items that need to be distributed, although WE ADVANCE cannot always take advantage of such items, WE ADVANCE makes certain to get it proper distributions outlets. One such case was with the Starky Foundation who donated hearing aids.
These time consuming tasks has assisted in building a good relationship with other NGOs and garnering an outstanding reputation in the international community.
WE ADVANCE have been hosting upwards of 5 volunteers per week.
Yoga/meditation classes will begin in August.
Once proper structures are built, additional educational programs including reading and writing in Creole and English will begin.