Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is home to many of Haiti’s most important programs as it is the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital in the entire country. One of the programs is the comprehensive spinal cord injury unit. Within the spinal cord injury unit, staff members have created a program to help rehabilitate the patients.
This sewing program is a 13-week course where an instructor, transportation for those who are no longer at the hospital, sewing machines and fabric are all provided thanks to a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation via SCI Haiti. Broken Earth has also been generous enough to pledge their support of this program through the year. The inaugural class consisted of four people. They recently graduated from a basic skills course and are continuing to an advanced course for another 13 weeks.
The participants have seen that the effort they put into the 3-day a week course is already starting to pay off. They do some work around the hospital such as hemming scrubs and making pillowcases. One of Project Stitch’s organizers, Scott Gillenwater, was recently contacting requesting an order 50 school uniforms for students.
This program is not only great for the patient’s rehabilitation but it is also helping to garner skills which will allow them to work and provide after leaving the hospital. If you are interested in donating to support this program, please click here.
Cator Hudson pictured with Project Medishare employees and volunteers.