Petit Harpon is a small community in the mountains of the southern peninsula of Haiti. It is about half-way between the towns of Leogane on the bay side and Jacmel on the Caribbean side. There is a paved road connecting Leogane and Jacmel, but Petit Harpon is about 2-3 miles west of that road. We have been hiking there with hired burros to carry supplies and materials. We have participated with other parishes in East Tennessee to build a school there
» The school is literally on top of a mountain.
The New Calling
Actually, a medical clinic was planned and a building (also designed by Ann Aiken of Good Shepherd) constructed for that purpose. But it has only been used for occasional medical missions from the U.S. There hasn’t been one in several years. The people of Petit Harpon are still waiting, and not just for a week-long mission, but for an operating clinic.
The situation is exacerbated by the lack of available medical care anywhere in the area. The nearest road is more than an hour away by foot and the nearest medical help an additional 1 to 1˝ hours away in Leogane or Jacmel.
St Stephens continues to hear that call as well as the new need to help restore normal family and community life. We continue to work through barriers to provide a staffed clinic using the existing building and Haitian medical professionals Madame Alcindor, Director of the nursing school in Leogane, has committed to provide student nurses to augment the services we can offer and assist us with getting off the ground. The earthquake damage delays our ability to take the next steps on the ground, but the need for medical care does not change.
Our goals now are:
Hear the Call, Get Involved: If you want to be a part of any phase of the effort, Call Cameron Ellis or the church office at 483-8497. In the meantime, contributions at this time are a tremendous help. Checks can be written to St Stephens noted for “Haiti Clinic.”