Dear Friends of Sové Lavi (Saving Lives),
Welcome to the Sové Lavi (Saving Lives) blog. On this blog, you will find thoughts and comments from our staff, Board members, and volunteers about our work in Haiti in medical care, clean water, and education, as well as stories of their personal experiences with the beautiful Haitian people.
I hope our words will educate you about Haiti, and perhaps, even inspire you to join us in our work in helping lift the poorest of the poor from poverty and give them hope for a better future.
At this moment, as we celebrate the 11th anniversary of our inception and the 10th anniversary of the opening of our medical clinic, I’d like to focus on gratitude for all who helped us along our journey.
I am greatful (I know this is misspelled, but I prefer this spelling – great-ful – think about it!) for:
- The vision and compassion of my husband, Dumas Siméus, who has always dreamed of giving back to his country of birth. I recall dining in a restaurant in 1993 sketching out the plans for a non-profit on a napkin. A great lesson to never give up on your dreams and to use the resources available to you to sketch them out!
- The fortitude and hard work of our first Executive Director, Vanessa Brown, who tirelessly worked to ensure the clinic was built and staffed properly and operated with effectiveness and efficiency. Vanessa continues to serve on Sové Lavi’s Board of Directors.
- Our many volunteers who have conducted medical missions to help us reach even more patients in need of care: NOAH (National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians), Loma Linda University, University of Texas, Southwestern; Reverend Edsel Duréus, Dr. Steve Wexler, Dr. Frantz Large, Dr. Paul Duréus, Dr. Juanita Day, Janet Whitney, Julia and Joanna.
- The wonderful staff of Sové Lavi’s medical clinic in Haiti who has treated over 100,000 patients of the poorest of the poor, fought cholera, worked side-by-side with the medical missions, and bring comfort and healing to all with whom they come into contact.
- Roy Sheldrick, Ryans Wells, the Rotary, Hopital Albert Schweitzer, Texas Baptist Men, and Friendship West Baptist Church who have helped drill 34 wells in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti.
- Claude Alexandre, a member of our Advisory Council, who worked with the Rotary to bring over 300 wheelchairs to Haiti.
- Liz Headon and Foundation Digicel who built a beautiful new elementary school at Ecole Sacrè Coeur in Pont-Sondé.
- Our many, many donors who have made our work possible.
- The Sové Lavi Board of Directors and Advisory Council who have skillfully guided us along this journey.
Every morning, I pray that God blesses our work, that He opens our eyes to the possibilities of what can become for the poor in Haiti, and that He opens the door for resources and results. That door has been opened many times. As many have said, it takes a village, and we are humbled and greatful for all of your prayers and support.
And this is just the beginning…
On behalf of the staff and the beneficiaries of Sové Lavi, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
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