Supporting health, and education initiatives.
Center for Special Needs Children
We were first among the responders into Haiti just days after the devastating earthquake there in January 2010. While traveling through Port Au Prince, we were stopped and told that there was a center for children with disabilities nearby, sleeping in tattered tents on wooden panels propped up on cinder blocks. Upon seeing their smiles amidst all the chaos and deprivation, we knew these children would be the primary focus of our Haitian outreach for years to come. To read more...
In 2010, we began supporting the elementary school at the center that was also open to the children of the community. Our goal is to offer a social and holistic education to the children with special needs by helping them interact with other the kids in their neighborhood. The classes start with preschool and go up to the sixth grade. The children receive books, and a uniform, as well as a warm meal each day. The school is supported by the Child Sponsorship Program. To read more...
The poor have very few options when it comes to receiving quality medical care. They are unable to pay the exorbitant costs for surgical care. Island Impact has been providing free surgical procedures in the Dominican Republic since 2005. Surgery such as cataract and crossed-eye conditions, OB/GYN surgery, breast cancer surgery and beginning next year, orthopedic surgery. We can provide the surgeries for free because doctors and their support staff volunteer their time and efforts to this cause. Our role is to organize the patients and prepare them for their operations.
We currently operate two established primary care clinics, one in Haiti and the in the Dominican Republic. These clinics have medicines that are purchased in the U.S. at reduced rates and brought to the country by visiting teams. Many people suffer needlessly due to the fact that medicine and a doctor's consultation is costly, so they often are neglected until the condition becomes acute or chronic. We also have a dental clinic in the Dominican Republic.
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This year was a little rocky - starting with the Hurricane in the spring followed by financial stress on the mission due to various factors. Our 2017 Annual Report will be released at the end of the year so stay tuned!