Happy Father’s Day from Project Medishare
Father & daughter at Hospital Bernard Mevs, Photo: Daniel Cima
As Father’s Day quickly approaches in the US this weekend, we would like to take a moment to recognize the resilient fathers in Haiti as well as those on our staff who spend many nights away from their families while at the hospital and in our community health programs caring for patients. Everyday we see father’s in our hospital, holding vigil for their sick children and bringing their families from miles away to our community health clinics. This Father’s Day, please consider making a donation in honor of the fathers in your life.
“The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” –John Green. Hospital Bernard Mevs translator, Oberto Charles, took on the important role of being a father without even realizing it. He accepted the job of translator as an opportunity to practice his English and make a living. Much of his time is spent in the pediatric department at the hospital. Jean Francois, an orphan, was brought into the hospital in 2012 to be treated for Hydrocephalus, a common condition in Haiti which is caused by abnormal accumulation of fluid in parts of the brain. Oberto worked closely with the doctors treating Jean Francois and grew very close to the little boy. Oberto says: “I had been taking care of Jean at the hospital for a year and a half. He was always smiling at me and crying for me when I left… Before my wife and I were to be married, I spoke to her about Jean. After we were married she came to the hospital to see and hold him and together we decided to take him home.” Now, 3 year-old Jean Francois is living and thriving outside of the hospital with his new family thanks to his father, Oberto.
Because of Project Medishare’s generous donors, we are able to provide health care to Haitian fathers and their families. As you spend time with your loved ones this Sunday, please help make it possible for Project Medishare to continue to provide for the father’s in Haiti as well as the ones on our staff.
Happy Father’s Day from Oberto Charles, his wife and Jean Francois
Project Medishare for Haiti