When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Rose found herself covered in the darkness of what had been her home, a house that was shaken to its foundation.
She felt the excruciating pain from her leg that had been punctured by a rebar from the concrete ceiling. But she was helpless to move and laid in agony until someone finally found her in the debris. In the days that followed, Rose was pulled from the rubble and carried in the back of a truck to a field hospital 60 miles away.
At the makeshift hospital, Rose was met by an extraordinary team of Harvard University trauma surgeons and caring doctors who had taken up temporary residence thanks to the Christian ministry known as Love-A-Child.
Rose received the best care possible from medical teams in the Love-A-Child triage tents. And these teams were working with the highest quality medicines and medical supplies available, thanks to MAP.
The founders of Love-A-Child, Bobby and Sherry Burnette, opened their campus for Harvard’s medical teams to serve victims of the devastating earthquake.
A few short hours after the tent stakes were put in the ground, they received a call from Kipp Branch at MAP International offering medicine and medical supplies to serve those injured in the earthquake.
At that moment, Rose’s story became the story of how MAP International and Love-A-Child found each other and began a new life in service, working as partners for more than nine years. Rose easily recalls the day she met Sherry Burnett and the team at Love-A-Child.
When the doctors told her they had to remove her leg, Rose says it was the Love-A-Child team that gave her hope. They prayed with her and gave her medicine from MAP International. “I did not want to live, but because of Love-A-Child, I am here today. And because of the medicine, I’m alive,” Rose said.
Bobby Burnett reflects about the role MAP medicines play in the service of their mission. “We could not do what we do without MAP,” Bobby says. “All of the doctors we work with say MAP medicines are better than gold.”
Today, Rose lives in the Miracle Village initiated by Love-A-Child. Many of the 2010 earthquake victims reside there now. When she or her neighbors need medical attention, they visit the health clinic on the campus. And, if they need medicine, it is provided by the supporters of MAP International.
In 1985 the Burnette’s founded Love-A-Child. They did so with the premise of sharing Christ’s love to reduce poverty for children and help families in Haiti become self-sufficient. As Sherry Burnette often says, “Love is something you do."