On a recent trip to Haiti, I was having a discussion with one of our employees at Hôpital Sacré Coeur. In the course of the conversation he referred to Hôpital Sacré Coeur as “my hospital”. This choice of words was very important to me, as it indicates that the sense of ownership which we have been trying to bring to the people of the region is firmly taking hold. It is a validation of all that we have been trying to accomplish in Haiti.
The people now realize how important Hôpital Sacré Coeur is to the region. Not only does it provide aid and comfort to the sick and dying, but it does so much more. We provide public health services, clean water, food, sanitation and we have been doing it for so long that the community now takes it for granted that we will always be there for them. This is something that we hope and pray for.
The realities of life however make it evident that our longevity is dependent on continuing hard work and financial support. We are driven to care for more and more patients as our reputation for excellence grows and people flock to our clinics because of the word of mouth recommendations they receive. The demand for more medicine, more dressings, and more care increases daily.
In this Christmas season of hope, celebration, rejoicing and charity, please remember Hôpital Sacré Coeur. We can only accomplish as much as your support allows. You, our benefactors, have always been so generous and; with all humility, we ask you once again to remember Hôpital Sacré Coeur and the people it serves.
The current debate over healthcare coverage in the U.S. is certainly not germane to Haiti. No one in Haiti has any kind of healthcare coverage. Their “insurance” is the generosity and charity you provide. There is no “safety net” except for your contributions. If you provide the means, rest assured that Hôpital Sacré Coeur will deliver the care.You won’t be able to experience the appreciation in their faces, the warmth of a hug or the extra force in a handshake.
You will have to rely on our assurances that the people appreciate your generosity in a tangible way for keeping “their” hospital alive.
The “Christmas Spirit” you embody will keep Hôpital Sacré Coeur functioning and able to provide for the needs of the children and people of Haiti. It is as great a gift as you’ll find under any Christmas tree.
David G. Butler, M.D.
The CRUDEM Foundation, Inc.
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