Serving Others in the Face of Danger

Since intense political unrest began in Haiti last month, just going to work has become an ordeal.
October 10, 2019 - Haiti

Father Rick leads the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and St. Luke Foundation teams with prayerful resilience.

This most recent turmoil began with a great revolt against the government in place, triggered by fuel shortages and corruption. You wouldn't realize it, as it's not reported in the news, but our employees risk their lives every day to come to work, in particular our medical staff and our ambulance drivers. They work 24/7 to ensure the necessary care of our patients. We often use all of our ambulances to transport our employees.

Each day our brave staff is hindered in their transport by roads barricaded with burning tires. Many protesters are after reasonable aims, but these chaotic circumstances make the situation downright violent. Our staff is sometimes verbally assaulted with slurs. Some protesters even throw stones at our ambulances.

In spite of all this, they put their lives at risk to come to work because they know people rely especially on our medical services. Together with the participation and collaboration of everyone, we still believe in a prosperous Haiti. Thank you always for your support.

Fr. Richard Frechette   
NPHI Ethical & Medical Adviser




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