Exactly what are we doing down there?
Professors Beyond Borders, Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) and the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (MC-EDC) are teaming up with Renewal 4 Haiti to bring training in the vital area of Construction Engineering. They will use train-the-trainer approaches to teach best practices for sustainable development in Haiti as well as proper and state-of-the-art construction techniques using locally available materials. Professor Bernard Amadei of the MC-EDC and founder of EWB-USA will lead construction engineering for the campus.
With its power grid reaching only 12% of the population, Haiti has to start taking full advantage of the abundance of sunshine available to create clean energy. Leave a Little Room Foundation and Greet The Dawn are teaming up with Renewal 4 Haiti to train local master electricians and anyone interested in solar panel installation, solar panel maintenance and load-sizing. Haitians trained at CAMEJO's campus will be at the heart of Haiti's Green revolution.
Global Health Connections, the University of Colorado Denver, Midwives for Haiti and other U.S. and Canada Midwives Associations will add to educational efforts in the area by developing mid-level training for midwives through CAMEJO Hospital. Trained Haitian midwives will help reduce the sky-rocketing maternal mortality rate in Léogâne and in Haiti at large. Program graduates will deliver much needed prenatal care in the community and perform deliveries in birthing centers.
There's a gaping need for HIV/AIDS clinical lab technicians in Haiti, especially in Léogâne. Global Health Connections and Project C.U.R.E team up with the Port-au-Prince based GHESKIO Lab Centers to fill that gap. Increased HIV/AIDS testing will lead to more widespread prevention education and help curb the HIV/AIDS mortality rate in Haiti. Project C.U.R.E. will provide all the equipment necessary for lab training on CAMEJO's campus.
Meet the Haitians who run the Camejo Project Click for more info
Marie-Carmel Charles | Pediatrician
Marie-Carmel D. Charles (or "Doctor Cam" as the locals affectionately call her) lost a lot of her kids in the earthquake. Many of those who survived are orphans that she's taken in. January 12th broke her heart but she hasn't taken a break since. She's had many opportunities to practice abroad, but she refuses to leave Haiti and has been Léogâne's favorite pediatrician for the last 27 years. She's on a quest to reduce and totally eliminate the infant and child mortality rates in the region and she needs YOUR help to do that.
Dr Joseph Charles | Chief Surgeon
Ask anyone in Léogâne for "Doctor Jo" and they'll know who you're talking about. And if they didn't, they definitely do now. Whether it was performing wound dressing changes, emergency amputations, administering antibiotics/pain medication, or comforting a grieving mother, he was everywhere help was needed. A Léogâne native, his dream has always been to build a hospital in Haiti where lives aren't lost for lack of money, of equipment and personnel. That dream was 6 weeks away from becoming a reality when the earthquake hit.
Nika-Nola Toussaint | HIV Director
Nika-Nola Lamothe Toussaint is a neonatologist, a pediatrician and one of the top HIV/AIDS experts in Haiti. As the director of HIV/AIDS for the Haiti Ministry of Health and the HUEH, she has implemented programs nationwide that have led to increases in testing for HIV/AIDS and education. In Léogâne and at CAMEJO, she's known for her smile and her no-bandaid style of medicine. She will continue to bring her expertise as we expand CAMEJO to include HIV/AIDS testing labs and education programs.
Hilda Alcindor | FSIL Dean
Hilda Alcindor, RN, is the Dean of FSIL, Haiti's first baccalaureate nursing school. She lost her home in the earthquake and has been living in the school's guesthouse since. She led and galvanized her students to be the first responders in the Léogâne area for the 10 days immediately following the quake. She is the newest addition to CAMEJO's leaders and will chair the nursing department for the campus and oversee the training of nurses and nursing students at the hospital.
Miss Blanc | Head Nurse
Trained right after graduating nursing school by Doctor Cam and Doctor Jo, miss Blanc has been a nurse at CAMEJO for the past 15 years. Her quickness of thought and compassion saved countless lives on January 12th and continue to do so today. She had just gotten married and bought a house when the earthquake hit and leveled most of her new home. Still, Her commitment to Haiti is unwavering: "It's our chance to build Haiti better". She's worked every day since the quake and says she'll be stopping only when the hurt stops.
Miss Myriamme | Pediatric Nurse
The story behind the baby in the picture on the left is AMAZING. As the ground was still shaking from the violent ensuing aftershocks the day of the earthquake, the mother went into labor while she was running. Miss Myriamme, who happened to be also running away from the brick and mortar buildings, delivered her baby right there on the street and cut the umbilical cord with a cooking knife. The baby is now healthy, free of tetanus or other diseases and comes to CAMEJO for all her care.
Nadine & Bianca | Pharmacists
Nadine has been at CAMEJO for 9 years and Bianca 6 years. Since the quake, they've been the busiest people in Léogâne. Due to the shortage of medication in the country, they've had to mix what they had on hand to come up with creative elixirs to alleviate pain and stop the spread of infections. They sort the thousands of pounds of medical supplies and equipment that we send and those that are donated by Direct Relief to ensure the CAMEJO doctors and nurses have what they need at the ready to save lives.
Nason and André | Ground Keepers
André and Nason keep the 3.5 acres secure. Here's another amazing story: These two were inside the almost finished hospital, painting and laying tiles with 30 other workers when the earthquake hit. Disoriented and confused, they all ran as the second floor collapsed and walls fell around them. Once outside, André and Nason realized that Michel hadn't gotten out. As the ground was still shaking, they went back inside and lifted the wall that had fallen on him. None died and Michel is alive today thanks to their heroic act.
Bernard | The Site Manager
Bernard is the civil engineer and architect who oversees the entire CAMEJO construction project. He was also inside the nearly finished structure when the earthquake struck and was the first to recognize it was an earthquake. He now wishes they had more money to be able to purchase better building materials. Bernard is committed to working with structural engineers to ensure that facilities on the property are 8.0+ earthquake resistant. And we're committed to helping him ensure the hospital doesn't collapse again.
Rose-Marie | Campus Chef
Need we say more? Rose-Marie is the tireless and faithful cook for CAMEJO and has been for 5 years. She not only keeps the staff and the patients well fed, she also feeds people from the community and all of the construction workers and their families. And she feeds all of us, the teams of volunteers, when we go down! There's a kitchen on the campus for Rose-Marie now but she really needs a cafeteria to accommodate the surge in patients and lack of food since the earthquake. Help us build this cafeteria by donating today.