While gang activity and unrest have been part of operating in Port au Prince for all of our time in Haiti, it’s elevated to crippling levels following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last summer.
During the last week of April, the violence came to our neighborhood. Hunkered down in the Maternity Center with bullets literally flying overhead, we were faced with one of our hardest decisions ever. Should we close the Maternity Center? How can we live our mission if we cannot operate? The closest comparison we can relate would be the transformation of the Maternity Center during the 2010 earthquake. As it was then, we are in a position where a major shift is required to execute our mission. True to our beliefs, we are in it for the long haul and we are pressing forward with our mission.
After safely evacuating our team during lulls in gunfire, we began the perilous process of recovering as much as we could with the goal of finding a temporary location in which we could provide our clients with the healthcare they deserve. We are thankful for the bravery and passion of Heartline Team members who literally risked their lives to recover critical supplies from our once peaceful oasis, now, a war zone.
The lack of access to care is the exact reason we began a prenatal program in 2007, later adding delivery/postpartum services in 2009 and 2010.
We believe it is and we believe it’s worth every effort to provide access to quality maternal healthcare. We know you do too!
This temporary move will not be easy and it will require we divert funds to unexpected rent, new equipment that wasn’t recovered, and additional labor in support of the operation. It is all worth it. Thank you for believing with us.
Many have reached out and asked for the names of team members so you can pray. Thank you! We’ve provided a list below of each member of the team at the MC. Additionally, pray for the security team members and our operations leaders who are assisting in the logistics and planning.
We would ask that you continue to pray for the people of Haiti. In this case, the families impacted the communities of Clercine, Tabarre, and other local villages. We know of at least 22 deaths as a result of this past week’s violence. Some, our neighbors for well over a decade.
Heartline Security Team
Heartline Operations Leaders
Thank you for your well wishes, your prayers, and your financial support. Together, we’re investing in families every day and you are making an impact.