In the past few weeks the news has been full of reports of super injunctions. It is ironic that while so called celebrities try to keep their ‘stories’ out of the press truly important stories such as Haiti have been long forgotten.
Yet Haiti needs our support now as much as ever. With the rainy season upon us and funding for cholera clinics running out, the cases of cholera in this fragile country are starting to rise and our cholera treatment units are struggling to cope with the new outbreak.
Today, I visited a clinic in Leogane, 40 km outside Port-au-Prince, that was designed to treat 20 patients, but we have squeezed in another 8 beds to try and respond to the recent rise in cases. During my visit, the men’s ward is full which means if more patients arrive we will need to turn them away.
This morning I also visited the school Christ-Roi de Grande Savanne in Leogane where we are constructing new school buildings with the generous support of Freemasons Grand charity.
Bigger school, active parents
The construction is well under way and soon the children will be able to move into their new spacious surroundings from the current cramped classrooms.
During my visit I have the opportunity to meet some of the parents who are members of the new school management committee, which has been formed to encourage parents to become more actively involved in their children’s education.
I can’t help being impressed by their enthusiasm. Enrolment rates in Haiti’s school are worryingly low with less than 50% of children in school prior to the earthquake, but through our education programmes we are working to encourage higher rates.
It’s great to see the progress being made in Haiti but there are many years of work ahead. It is vital that we continue to support that work and don’t allow the world to forget.