“It was my day off and I was at home when I began to feel the earth shaking,” says Rose, as she recalls the events that changed her life in 2010. “Debris began to fall and the next thing I knew, my entire house had collapsed on me.” Like many others, Rose was a victim of the massive earthquake that nearly destroyed parts of Haiti.
Rose isn’t sure how long she lay in the debris, badly hurt and bleeding. Eventually, someone found her and loaded her into the back of a pickup truck. All the hospitals in Port-Au-Prince were overwhelmed. The only place that would take her was more than 30 miles away, over poorly-paved, crowded roads. Because of the conditions, the ride to the field hospital took several hours. She had multiple injuries, including a metal rod that had been driven into her leg and was now causing a life-threatening infection. To save her life, the doctors amputated her leg.
“Medicine is very expensive here in Haiti,” she says. “I couldn’t afford the medicine to treat my leg and the pain was more than I could stand many days. I began to lose hope.”
But that’s when God answered her prayers. She received the medicine she so desperately needed through MAP. “MAP medicines healed me and helped with my pain. I had hope again!
“My story is proof that God exists. He heard my prayers and brought me help through MAP. “I want to thank everyone who supports MAP from the bottom of my heart,” says Rose.
By Kipp Branch
Even before a disaster hits, MAP becomes a disaster response center. When we know a hurricane is forming, or receive news of an earthquake, or see refugees fleeing conflict, MAP springs into action.
Our first question is always, “How can we best help those most affected?”
To respond effectively requires good communication with trusted partners on the ground and nearest to the disaster. Fortunately, MAP has dozens of such partners around the world. If we have advanced warning, we ask what supplies will be needed and what distribution is available.
In the early days of most disasters there is an immediate need to deal with wound care and injuries. MAP supplies surgical gloves, antibiotics, sutures, and bandages. As days turn to weeks, the need for clean water becomes more urgent, so MAP often supplies water filters as well as oral rehydration solutions to combat dehydration and to treat such diseases as cholera, which often breaks out in disaster zones.
Disaster Health Kits (DHK) contain basic hygiene supplies and have become one of the ways MAP responds to large numbers of people who are dealing with displacement and loss of shelter in time of disaster.
As soon as we know that many people will be affected in an area, we send a supply of Disaster Health Kits (DHK). These kits contain basic hygiene supplies and have become one of the ways MAP responds to large numbers of people who are dealing with displacement and loss of shelter in time of disaster.
DHK contents help people who have fled with nothing receive both tangible help and emotional support. The basic hygiene supplies help prevent disease and allow displaced people to care for themselves and their families. They also let them know that someone cares.
We try to keep a supply of assembled DHKs on hand for just such a situation. Volunteers pack these kits either in our warehouse or at packing events at churches, schools or businesses (see photo of Merck employees below). Because of their help, we’re able to very quickly respond.
If your church, company, school, or civic organization would like to host a DHK packing event, please contact Krupa Shinde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kipp Branch is Senior Partnership Development Officer at MAP. He has worked for MAP for 24 years and helped respond to dozens of disasters.
MAP International was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than eight million visitors per year rely on GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.
To receive the 2018 Gold Seal, MAP shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
For most people who own stocks, 2018 has been a very good year. Stock prices have risen steadily, giving most people an increase in wealth. And that increase offers a great way to reap tax benefits while doing good for an organization like MAP.
Here’s how it works: If you have owned a stock for a year or more, you can donate the stock itself without cashing it in. That saves both the capital gains tax you would incur on the sale and gives you the charitable giving benefit.
The value of your donation is the stock price on the date of your donation and the amount you can claim on your taxes as a contribution. MAP International makes it easy for you. Just give the information at right to your stock broker and transfer the stock before December 31 to receive a charitable donation credit this year. If you have any questions, call MAP at 1-800-225-8550.
It’s a win for everyone—especially those who will reap the health rewards provided by your donation.