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At Klinik Fonfred, we believe that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right, and we work tirelessly to provide medical care to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fonfred, a rural community in the Les Cayes region of Haiti, access to healthcare is limited, and many people struggle to afford the cost of medical treatment.


Since we opened our doors in 2015, Klinik Fonfred has become a beacon of hope for the people of Fonfred and surrounding areas. Our team of dedicated medical professionals has completed over 12,000 patient encounters each year, and we have provided medical care to over 31,515 unique patients. Many of our patients would not have been able to afford the high cost of medical bills at other facilities, and without Klinik Fonfred, their health needs would have gone unmet.


Despite the political instability and security concerns in Haiti, we have continued to provide continuity of care to our patients, who rely on us for essential medical services, including general consultations, pediatrics, dentistry, vaccinations, maternal and child health, laboratory services, and medication management.


Woudlande, a 10-year-old patient, came to Klinik Fonfred with a severe case of pneumonia. She had been sick for weeks and was struggling to breathe. Her parents were worried they would not be able to afford the medical treatment she needed to recover, but at Klinik Fonfred, she was able to receive the care she needed. Our medical team provided her with nebulization therapy to help stabilize her. We referred her as an urgent case to the General Hospital (HIC), gave her parents 5,000 Gdes to help cover hospitalization fees, and filled her prescription from the hospital, free of charge. Without that intervention, Woudlande would have unnecessarily lost her life. Patients like Woudlande are the reason Klinik Fonfred exits, and with your contributions to GCF, you are saving lives every day!


Our work at Klinik Fonfred is only possible because of generous donors like you. Your donations help us to continue to provide vital medical services to the people of Fonfred and surrounding areas and to ensure that access to healthcare remains a fundamental human right. Thank you for your support.


How can you help?



This Giving Tuesday we are trying to raise $30,000 for a new vehicle so our team at Klinik Fonfred can have reliable transport for patients with emergency needs, and to and from work. Every contribution is greatly appreciated. Donate at the link here: https://www.gaskov.org/giving-tuesday.

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Pilot Home in Grand Duc-Cavaillon, Haiti


Home site of Mr. Jocelyn Letang and his family, in Grand Duc-Cavaillon, Haiti


In partnership with Haiti Renewal Alliance/OneDiaspora, GCF plans to provide homes for eight rural families whose lives were crushed, buried, or ripped apart by the catastrophic earthquake.


With much gratitude and a long delay due to the security situation in the Haitian capital, we were able to begin our housing recovery project for families left homeless by the natural disaster. The first pilot home began on March 27, 2023. Construction was completed the first week of June. In total, due to the high inflation rate in Haiti, we have had to reduce it to 8 beneficiary families in the countryside. Each house will have two bedrooms and one bathroom, they will also have a common area, a kitchen to cook in, and a front porch to enjoy.



The picture below is the pilot home that was built in the rural community of Grand Duc, Cavaillon. Initially estimated at $10,000 in 2022, the actual cost of the house is closer to $15,000, not including in-kind contributions provided by the beneficiary, friends, and relatives as sweat equity, transportation, and other services donated by local businesses - WeYa, Nira Varietés, in addition to Project Coordination by GCF.


Estimated cost per additional home in Flamand, Cavaillon and Geffrard, Maniche in July 2023: $18K-$20k (not including in-kind contribution from beneficiaries and community)



Mr. Letang’s 10-year-old daughter selected the colors for the home. Her Dad requested that she picked the colors, and she proudly said she wanted “vert pois france and rose pâle" (green and pink).


These houses are just one step towards repairing the communes of Haiti, the efforts are far from done. With continued support and donations from people like you, more families can receive housing, and together we can begin to repair the lives of those affected.


Next Steps


As Phase 2 of our recovery effort continues into 2023, we will focus our efforts on building 5-7 more homes in Cavaillon, Maniche, and Les Cayes. The number of homes built will depend on the cost of construction materials and available funding.


Challenges

  • Insecurity persists in PAP - transporting goods to Les Cayes remains a challenge. Though delayed, GCF has received all supplies that were shipped by a private shipping company. That has caused significant delays in our ability to work in Haiti.

  • Traveling by road to the South is still considered challenging due to fuel shortages and potential insecurity flare-ups.

  • The cost of material construction has significantly increased, making it financially challenging to rebuild homes.

Money Update - Thank you to all of our supporters!

To date, we have raised $371K. So far, we spent about $280K on phase I and Phase II, a water distribution system in Anse du Nord, and the pilot home in Grand Duc-Cavaillon, Haiti. We are planning to build 7 more homes estimated at $130K.


Please continue to support GCF and the communities we serve at: https://www.gaskov.org/join-donate


For a list of all our donors, please visit the GCF Earthquake Relief Fund


How can you help?

We originally anticipated $10,000 per home. With the unstable environment in Haiti, we anticipate each house will cost between $18K - $20K. We have $80,000 left for our recovery phase and need to spend $140,000 for the 7 other homes we have selected. If you can organize your friends, colleagues, and family to sponsor a recovery home for $18,000 - $20,000 that would be ideal. Otherwise, please contribute to GCF's activities (Klinik Fonfred, relief recovery, and scholarships) and invite your friends to join the journey and contribute to our work at: https://www.gaskov.org/join-donate . If you are in Florida, please come and celebrate our culture and drive change with our fellow GCFers at our upcoming Fête Créole Fundraising event on October 7, 2023.


SAVE THE DATE

By popular demand, we are bringing Fête Créole back. This year, our theme will be: "Celebrating Culture, Driving Change". This much-anticipated fundraising event will take place on October 7th, at 7:00 pm, at Hilton Palm Beach Airport, in Palm Beach, Florida.


Fête Créole is an extraordinary celebration of Haitian culture and a remarkable endeavor to make a lasting impact on the lives of underserved communities and deserving students in Haiti.


At GCF, our mission is to provide essential healthcare services to those in need via our community health center and foster educational opportunities for promising students in Haiti. With the funds raised through this event, we will continue to deliver life-saving medical care, medications, and health programs to underserved areas. Additionally, we will support scholarships that enable deserving students to pursue their education and empower them to become future leaders in their communities.




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Updated: Jul 26, 2022




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AKPA Projects

This post is dedicated to the donations Animatè Kiltirel Pou Ayiti (AKPA) made to GCF on April 7, 2022. The donation consists of 3 components:

  1. $21,000 were transferred to GCF's US bank account

  2. Donation of collected supplies located in Hollywood, Florida - (dry food, clothes, diapers)

  3. Supplies purchased by AKPA in 2021. Those supplies were already shipped to Port-au-Prince and needed to be moved to the South of Haiti.


What is GCF doing with the $21K donation from AKPA?

Potable Water Project ($20K)

During our relief mission to Anse-du-Nord on Grande Cayemite island (Grande-Anse) earlier this year, the fishing village population shared that they have no access to potable water. They currently fetch brackish water from a hole dug in the ground. There are currently an estimated 600 people living in the coastline village of Anse-du-Nord. The village came together to rebuild their local school after the earthquake and wanted to know if through the relief efforts, GCF can help provide them with access to clean water. When AKPA offered to donate $21K to GCF, we immediately identified that water project as the best recipient for that donation. This water project is a win-win situation: 1) Over 2,000 people in neighboring villages will benefit from the potable water system; 2) AKPA and its fans get to make a tangible difference in an entire community for years to come.


With the $21K received from AKPA, GCF and its local partners will first pump, store and distribute the existing water, then it will send the water for testing and acquire the right filtration system to render it potable (We did this because the first logical step was to secure the water source from further human contamination). The solar-powered potable water system is expected to service over 2,000 people, and a local committee of elders is already formed to ensure its longevity and security. The project is expected to cost approximately $20,000 in materials and labor. GCF purchased all the materials including but not limited to: a solar-powered pump, 4 Solar panels 500W, 1 inverter 5K, 8 batteries, a 5k backup diesel generator, , 4 1000-gal water tanks, pipes and fittings. The filtration unit is being evaluated and will be purchased soon. On July 13th a team of volunteers from GCF and local community leaders from Grande-Anse traveled 4 hours by car and 1 hour by boat to Anse-du-Nord with all the materials to kick-off the project. The potable water system is being supervised and installed by a local engineer from Grande-Anse and by GCF's Board Members on the ground. Updates on project completion will follow.



What Happened to collected supplies from Hollywood, FL?


August Distribution in Camp-Perrin ($1K for transportation)

The supplies collected in Florida were shipped to Haiti in April 2022. They arrived to Camp-Perrin on June 30th, 2022. In general, GCF does not get directly involved in distributing clothes, diapers, and personal items. We decided to partner with Little Angels of Haiti (LAOH) for an orderly distribution in August 2022 in Camp-Perrin, one of the towns most impacted by the 2021 earthquake. Klinik Fonfred staff will return to Camp-Perrin for a medical mission with LAOH in August. We are planning to distribute those supplies in collaboration with LAOH during that medical mission.


More to come on both the medical mission and supply distribution in Camp-Perrin



Where are the Supplies purchased by AKPA in 2021?


Future Emergency & Backpack Distribution in September ($250 spent for transportation)

The supplies AKPA purchased and shipped to Port-au-Prince were picked up by GCF and transported to Les Cayes in July 2022. GCF received the following items and will redeploy them as follows:

  • Saved for future emergency

    • 68 tents - for future emergency

    • 104 cots - for future emergency

  • Backpack distribution in September 2022

    • 1 box of pencils

    • 15 small boxes of backpacks

    • 3 large boxes of backpacks

More to come on school supply distribution.


Money Update - Thank you to all of our supporters!

To date, GCF raised $371K. So far, we spent about $200K for phase I and Phase II.. Current and future projects are projected to cost an additional $200K: an additional $30K to finish all repairs at Klinik Fonfred; $20K for a potable water system at Grande Cayemite, Grande-Anse; $50K for repairing 2 dispensaries; $100K to build 5-6 homes. At a minimum, we need to raise an additional $30K, anything over that will be applied to phase3. Hence we have set a new goal to $400K.


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https://www.gaskov.org/join-donate


THANK YOU!




For a list of all our donors, please visit the GCF Earthquake Relief Fund


How can you help?

Please help us raise funds to help execute phase 3 of this relief effort and Klinik Fonfred. To help solicit donations on behalf of GCF, please share this link with all your friends and family https://www.gaskov.org/join-donate



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