Posts written by Adam Sarbin

The Push is On…Now We NEED You!!

Our inaugural event was a success!  We enjoyed an evening of fellowship with friends and former colleagues of Dr Peter Whitehead.  We shared our long range vision and made our plea for assistance.  We shared a bit of our history and that of our new Partners, Grace Ministries of Ile a Vache as well as The Western New York Impact Foundation.  One of the most moving portions of the evening was the showing of a very poignant video produced by our friends at The WNY Impact Foundation. (Take a moment to view it for yourself right here…advanced warning, tissues may be necessary.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27DoaG39R8E&app=desktop)

What is even more remarkable is what I am now at liberty to share with our followers…and I hope our donors.  To date, The WNY Impact Foundation has raised a total of $130,000 towards the completion of this Project…and they never even  knew Dr Whitehead!  They heard our story, bought into our dream and agreed to honor his memory in this way, because they too have dreamed of a permanent clinic in this deserving community.  This is remarkable and with the $10,000+ we had in our Building Fund, previously raised towards this goal, we have nearly $150,000 ready to go!  That is more than enough to begin the building process but unfortunately not even half of what will be needed to complete the Project.  The Push is On!  We hope our message resonated with our friends and colleagues in attendance, and now with those reading this post.  We NEED you ALL!!  Please help us keep up the momentum as we push towards our finish line.

We are committed and the people of Ile a Vache are deserving.  We will not rest until our goal is achieved.  Please dig deep and help us make this a reality!

With much Love and Appreciation,

Adam

Our Goal In Sight

We have the Land:
We have the Plans:
We have the Approval from Community Leaders:

All that is left are the funds to complete the Project, and we and our partners from the Western NY Impact Foundation are making progress on that front. However, the need is great and we require the help of all of our followers to make this Clinic a reality.  We have over 500 friends on Facebook – I encourage you all to visit the Donate Section of our site and dig as deep as you can. As always, any donation is greatly appreciated, and we can never thank you enough for your generosity, but just imagine if everyone could muster a one-time $500 donation. I know it’s a big ASK, but it amounts to less than $1.50 per day…less than a daily cup of coffee at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or even the corner market.  It would be enough to finish the clinic, and then the deserving people of this island will finally have a clinic they can rely upon to provide sustainable medical services…medications, basic illness management, prenatal care, safe births, minor surgeries, dental care, eye care and more. This has been our Goal from the start and now it is indeed in sight. Please help us make it a reality.  Please help us honor the memory of a good man and a selfless servant as we will dedicate this clinic in the name of  Dr. Peter Y. Whitehead.

Much love and gratitude to you all,

Adam

We Are At It Again!

That’s right, we are already planning our return to Ile a Vache and have assembled a team of 9 dedicated individuals to help deliver needed healthcare services – once again a core group of team members will be traveling: Kitty, Carey, Chelsea, Melila, Jil & Rusty along with another 2 new members.  I am excited to report I will not be the only pediatrician for this trip – welcome aboard Dr Kelly Henchel!! I will be happy to share some of my senior citizen patients with you. We also welcome a great friend of mine from my days in the Navy – Beaufort South Carolina’s City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, Mike McFee.  Mike has experience on previous mission trips but this will be his first to Haiti and with a medical team…I feel a new pharmacist in the making!!

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Epilogue 2017 (1st Edition)

Disclaimer: This post is for Sunday, March 12. Sorry for the delay but the rigors of international travel from a 3rd world country as well as our late arrival home, made it impossible to post last night

So, last night was indeed beautiful and refreshing from the roof at St Joseph’s and some of us lingered late, not wishing to turn the lights out on our experience. However, heavy lids prevailed! It was a great night for sleep, and I even slept under the sheets for the first time on this trip.

As expected though, 5AM came way too quickly! For some, quicker than others, as the whole Daylight Savings Time issue wreaked havoc on personal electronic devices. Anyway, all were up and ready for breakfast by 5:30 – scrambled egg casserole, toast, coffee and fresh fruit…a great send-off!! Read More

The Toughest Day of All

(Disclaimer-this post is from Saturday March 11…late due to a poor connection in Port au Prince. My apologies!)

Last night was actually the coolest and sleep seemed easier than before. Unfortunately we had to awake to the least favorite ritual – bringing down bed nets and final packing for the return journey. Our time on this island paradise had come to an end and we had to bid farewell until next time.

As we waited for the truck to make a return it was very hot and Kiki created a very unique way to avoid the burning sun. I was not surprised to see my dance buddy from the beach, Chadly, waiting for me at the bottom of the steps. He really is a charmer…so I left a bit of Smith Mountain Lake, VA on Ile a Vache this time! Read More