March 2015 Haiti Mission Trip
The week of March 6, 2015, students and faculty of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (SON) took a trip to Haiti to serve children living in an orphanage. With your donations, they were able to take over 1,200 pounds of supplies and goods with them to help touch the lives and hearts of children in need in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The School of Nursing is accepting donations for the upcoming trips. To make a donation, please contact Deacon John R. Jezierski, MSN, RN at (765) 423-6408 or via email.
This mission trip is an immersion service learning option for nursing students interested in acquiring transcultural nursing skills. The purpose of the medical mission is for the students and faculty to recognize, understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences between the individuals we serve both in the United States and in Haiti.
The greatest need
Haiti is considered the poorest Caribbean country in the western hemisphere; the average Haitian makes less than $600 US dollars per year. An estimated sixty percent (60%) of the people live in destitute poverty. There are limited health care services. On average, a two to three day medical mission clinic will treat between 600–1000 individuals of the local community and surrounding region. About two-thirds of these individuals will be pregnant women, infants and children.
The medications that are taken for granted in the U.S. are the medications most desperately needed in Haiti. The group needs the following non-prescription items:
- Children's vitamins with iron (chewable)
- Prenatal vitamins
- Adult vitamins, preferably with iron
- Tylenol (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen any strength (generic is fine)
- Liquid Tylenol suspension Children's Tylenol (generic is fine)
- Adults cold and cough
- Children's cold and cough
- Tums, Rolaids or any Triple antibiotic creams - 1% hydrocortisone creams
- calcium antacids Eye drops/lubricants (Visine)
- Small hand/body lotion
- Small bars of antibacterial soap (Dial)
- Small toothpaste
The goal of the supply drive is to have enough medication to give each person at least 90 days (3 months' worth). For example, to meet the goal for children's vitamins, the group would need 300 bottles of 90 tablets. Cash donations are also accepted; checks should be made payable to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing – Student Haiti Mission and sent to the school at 1508 Tippecanoe St., Lafayette, IN 47904.
A student or staff member can arrange for donation pick-up, or donations may be dropped off at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing main office or the Aquinas Nursing Office on the St. Joseph's College campus in Rensselaer.
For more information or to arrange a donation pick up, please contact John Jezierski at (765) 423-6408.