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Story of Hope | December 28, 2021

Daphne is grateful for MAP medicines

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The town of Jacmel is a tourist town in southern Haiti known as the “papier-mâché capital” of Haiti. The port city suffered greatly after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Fortunately for the residents of Jacmel, the Hospital St. Michel was able to continue operating after the quake, despite suffering significant damage.

Food For The Poor, an organization that has been serving the poor in Haiti since 1986, supports the work done at Hospital St. Michel, and is aided by its partnership with MAP International.

Daphne, 44, is a street vendor in Jacmel and mother of two small children. Daphne has asthma and requires a nebulizing treatment every four hours. Unfortunately, due to the lack of resources and her inability to purchase asthma medication, she is unable to manage her asthma properly, and must seek emergency care at a hospital each time she suffers an asthma attack.

For those who are uninsured here in the U.S., this situation is familiar. Asthma inhalers are often expensive, and if one is faced with the choice of putting food on the table or purchasing asthma medication, the choice is often made to feed one’s family. For someone like Daphne, who lives in an underdeveloped country with even fewer resources and less access to health care than here in the U.S., the situation is even more challenging.

“I don’t know what I would do, if not for the care I receive at Hospital St. Michel and the free medicine they give me,” Daphne said. “Thank you, Food For The Poor and their donor, MAP International, for the supplies and medicine that you provide to the hospital to help our community.”

Thanks to the care and the medications she receives at Hospital St. Michel, Daphne can manage her asthma in a more sustainable way, and live her life without fear of asthma attacks constantly disrupting her work. Thank you for giving to MAP International, and for giving a bit of freedom back to people like Daphne.

 

 

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