The Haitian people are very prone to diabetes. As you know, diabetes in America is very expensive and it is not different here in Haiti. The average cost to provide a diabetic patient with insulin is $150 per month. When we provide patients with insulin, we also provide them with the education they need to manage their illness. We teach them how to care for and manage their health with the diagnosis of diabetes. The patients in our program are required to have tried all oral medication to control their diabetes before we can provide them with insulin.
In Haiti, people are working so hard just to eat every day and take care of the basics. When an emergency hits a family, it is completely devastating. Families often have to watch their family members die because they don’t have the funds to get them the care they need. We have been able to step in and help several families financially during medical emergencies. When we provide funds during an emergency, we not only provide for the medical care, but we also help with other needs during the crisis. For example: when dad is injured and away getting medical help, the person at the hospital caring for him will also need help with food and such. The family at home will probably also need help with some basics, because their provider is not working. The cost of each emergency varies tremendously, but we are happy that we can stand in the gap in times of need.
We have also been able to facilitate transfers to higher care facilities when a person is in critical condition. We are able to help with these transfers by working with HERO (Haiti Emergency Responders Organization). The people in the countryside would otherwise have no access to life saving treatment.
Widow Feeding Program
Redeem United has partnered with Dealing Hope Inc, to empower the people of the local communities to provide for the widows in their reach. Women from the community are helping us to shop for and distribute food to the widows in the program. Not only do we get to deliver food to the widows, but we get to love on them by praying and worshiping with them.
Our formula program is specifically for babies who have lost their mothers in childbirth. The caregiver of each baby must provide morgue paperwork to prove the mother is not living. We are huge breastfeeding supporters and would never provide formula for an infant who could be breastfed. There are occasions we provide formula for infants whose mothers have a disease or are on a medication that isn’t compatible with breastfeeding. The cost to provide one infant with formula is $50 per month. We provide formula until the infant is 12 months of age. The caregivers of the babies in our program come every week to receive their formula. They’re also required to participate in a weekly class. The classes we provide cover topics such as; ages and stages of development, first aid, in home safety, first foods, and much more.
Often times, children are taken to an orphanage because their parents are poor and feel they would have more opportunities by being in an orphanage. We believe that no child should be in an orphanage because their parents are poor. One opportunity that children miss out on when living in poverty is education. Through our tuition assistance program, we are able to provide assistance to families who qualify. By assisting in this manner, children are able to remain in their homes with the parents that God gave them.