Help Us Celebrate Fr. Rick's Birthday!
Your gift helps supports the life-saving work of Fr. Rick and the NPH Haiti teams.
August 8, 2018 - Haiti
On August 14, 2018, Fr. Rick Frechette will turn 65 years old. Please join us in celebrating his 30+ years of hard work in Haiti, with a proven track record in training Haitian leaders to set up and manage the many vibrant childcare and healthcare programs of NPH, including the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and the St. Luke for Haiti Foundation. Fr. Rick is also 39 years a priest, 35 years as a foreign missionary (having worked also in NPH Mexico and co-founded the NPH home in Honduras)
"I think that in this day and age, 65 is still rather young, and I certainly hope I have another 20 working years ahead of me. I also hope to spend them in Haiti, supporting the leaders of NPH and St. Luke programs as much as I can, and continuing my own work in the margins of society, as a priest and a doctor.
As you know, the social and political stresses in Haiti have recently led to riots and burning barricades for two full days, all over Port-au-Prince and beyond. While everyone else I know followed the instruction to 'shelter in place', we were obliged, as usual, to make our way through the blazing barricades, to rescue sick or injured people, to bring our doctors and nurses to and from work at change of shift, and ask small stores to open just for us so we could get large supplies of food (since we need to feed all our patients, families and workers stranded by the violence).
Over the years, I have lived through so many events like this, that I know without a doubt what the gates of hell look like.
But I also know what the gates of heaven look like, and you and I are proudly and fanatically on that team!
I remember when my grandfather turned 65 in 1963. I was ten years old, and thought he was as old as Moses. I could never picture him doing what I was doing this past week, at his 65, with his suspenders and checkered shirt.
Let's all of us make the best of the fact that what was old years ago is still young today.
Let's age not by numbers, but by our natural body time, and stay vigorously involved in life for as long as we can!
We have had more challenges recently as well, for example, the closing of an important international organization that used to received trauma, gunshot and accident victims in Haiti, as well as high risk pregnancy. Many of these victims now come to us, unscheduled and unfortunate.
This situation has given us a funding and training challenge, and we have to act with a very fast learning curve. Helping to fund this new dimension of our work would enable us to offer immediate relief to these people, who so urgently need important care (most are life saving surgeries). Funding would also help us to train our staff and equip our hospitals, to be able to regularly attend to victims of trauma into the future."
We are incredibly lucky and grateful for Father Rick's leadership and dedication to the children and families we serve. In recognition of his 65th birthday, please consider making a gift to help continue our life-saving work:
$65 for Medication
$650 for Malnutrition Support
$6,500 for a High-risk delivery and neonatology care
If you are located in the United States, you can give a gift through the St. Damien Pediatric Fund securely online
Fr. Rick Frechette, CP, DO
President, NPH Haiti