COVENANT HOSPITAL, MOMBIN CROCHU, HAITI
This ministry began in 1995 to address the unmet medical needs of 30,000 people in Haiti's Central Plateau. Numerous Presbyterian churches banded together with Presbyterian Church U.S.A., The Medical Benevolence Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, to renovate and operate an abandoned twenty-two bed hospital.
Our goal was to have it Haitian-run in ten years. This was achieved, and the Haitian Ministry of Health currently runs the hospital. The prior partnership was dissolved. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and the Haitian Ministry of Health does not have sufficient money for all operating costs so we formed Covenant Hospital Network (20+ Presbyterian Churches) and continue to help by buying medicine, funding a patient feeding program, making repairs and upgrades on facilities, trucks, water and electric systems, as well as providing work teams, which include surgical teams.
Currently, we supply the salaries for two doctors and an accountant. In addition to participation in CHN, Orchard Park directly provides birthing kits to the local midwives and sends donated medicine and medical supplies. We never expected the hospital to be fully self-sufficient because it serves a subsistent farming community, which is very poor.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Al Atz by consulting your OPPC directory or by calling the OPPC office at 317-844-1107.