Saturday, April 18, 2015

2015 GIANT Non Profit Haiti update

Haiti First Lady Sophia Martelly and Dr. Alawode Oladele

GIANT GLOBAL Haiti 2014 / 2015 Events

Haiti Sister Hospital Project

GIANT Non Profit Inc.  is developing  partnerships between Isaie Jeanty & Leon Audain Maternity Hospital, Chancerelles, Port-au-Prince, Haiti & US based hospitals.

OFATMA Hospital in Port-au-Prince has also been identified as a site for our Haiti Sister Hospital Project.

Through GIANT Non Profit Inc., sister hospitals will collaborate and pool resources to meet immediate medical needs, create sustainable health care outreach and preventative programs and secure a healthier future for the people of Haiti.
GIANT Non Profit Inc. will assist with obtaining information for the U.S. hospital on the needs of the sister hospital in Haiti.

1. Next Shipments – Ambulance / Resources / Equipment (Sister Hospital shipments planned for summer & winter of 2015)

2. Next trips – Summer 2015, November- December 2015, Summer 2016

3. Partnerships – (areas of focus)

• Water, Sanitation, Environment
• Education
• Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
• Health Care (medical/public health/dental/mental/rehabilitation)
• Shelter, Housing, Infrastructure
• Documentary / Photojournalism

8. Microenterprise Projects
  • Rural
  • Urban

Under the leadership of Mrs. Mona Adams, Linda Chukwura, Dr Elsie Joseph, and Dr Yves-Marie Georges, G.I.A.N.T. Non Profit organization is working with local Haitian organizations to address some of the health needs of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. We made a pledge to ship over one million dollars worth of medical supplies and equipment in 2015 and 2016.

G.I.A.N.T. Non Profit team members visited several hospitals in Haiti as part of our summer 2011, and summer 2013 health needs assessment trips. We met with the medical directors of each hospital and we discussed the needs of each hospital with both First Lady Sophia Martelly, and the Minister of Health.

As of now over $1,500,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment have arrived in Haiti.

One of our first shipments was made possible by Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Joe Beasley and Nell Diallo of Medshare were very instrumental in facilitating the partnership with Northside Hospital.

MedShare International was responsible for the loading of a recent shipment to Haiti on Thursday December 1st 2011.

Many thanks to our partners:

Northside Hospital
Mr Joe Beasley
A.D. King Foundation
MedShare International
The Haitian Consulate in Atlanta
The Haitian Alliance
Food for the Poor
VGS Golfers
Vickie Elisa and Mother's Voices (Georgia)

GIANT GLOBAL Haiti team with First Lady Sophia Martelly

Support Award winning photographer Bryan Meltz
Support Haiti !

GIANT Global Haiti Division is currently focusing on three major projects in the country dealing with water and sanitation, nutrition, the provision of medical supplies and equipment, and community development in rural communities of Haiti.

• The first project is a collaboration with the non-profit organization, Boreholes International. This initiative will ensure clean, safe, and accessible water for rural communities.

• The second project is a collaborative effort with the non-profit organization MedShare International, to improve healthcare delivery by distributing necessary medical supplies and equipment to qualified healthcare facilities.

• The final project focuses on developing local capacity through initiatives that foster community development in the areas of education, agriculture, food and nutrition, healthcare, housing and infrastructure.
By supporting our efforts in Haiti, you lend to the development of a safe and sustainable Haiti.

Take Action For Haiti!!!

Take action now by purchasing one of the many products, making a tax deductible donation, or by becoming a sponsor of the Nou Kapab campaign. Our goal is to raise 3 million dollars. Of that goal, we already have a commitment of 1 million dollars in medical supplies from MedShare International. Your support is greatly needed and will directly aid our community development efforts in Haiti.

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Supplies on the way to the Cholera Treatment Center

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Next Trips

You can volunteer or donate funds !!

We have several trips planned in 2013 / 2014



Sister Hospital Project: (2012 to 2014)

Feeding Program: (2011 to 2014)
Location: Bouneau, Haiti
Dr. Yves Marie will be heading this effort during the June 2011 trip. GIANT will pick and sponsor one or two families. The members of this team will assist in documenting and photographing the chosen families.
Members of this team will also upload pictures and family biographies on GIANT's website. Supporters from all over the world will then be able to sponsor families in our feeding program

Cholera Outreach (June 2011)
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
From June 17th to the 19th, G.I.A.N.T.'s team lead by Ms. Mona Adam will conduct the following at some cholera treatment centers around Port-au-Prince:
• Distribute Protective gear (gowns, shields, shoe covers, and gloves)
• Distribute Aqua Tabs if needed
• Educate staff
• Complete needs assessments in preparation for interventions in July / August
• Educate the community about cholera prevention and care

GIANT GLOBAL Haiti team members (Yves-Marie and Linda) at the Cholera treatment Center in Part-au-Prince June 2011.

Dry Composting Toilet/Boreholes: (June, July & August 2011)
Location: Bouneau, Haiti
Dr. Yves Marie is leading this ongoing project. The soil composition of Bouneau does not allow for the construction of a standard latrine. The high groundwater represents a community hazard because of water contamination. We propose the implementation of 10 composting toilets and 10 boreholes for the Bouneau Community. This dry composting toilet has many advantages: it makes waste water management easier, it works regardless of weather conditions and it does not pollute groundwater reservoirs. The composting toilet system also has the benefit of providing dry organic fertilizer for agriculture.
Members of this team will organize and facilitate community education on the dry composting toilet. The team will also assist in the implementation and inauguration of the first dry composting toilet in the community.

June 2011: Dry Composting Toilet going up in Bouneau

Canaan Clinic/Orphanage: (June, July & August 2011)
Location: Saint Marc, Haiti
Chizoba Chukwura will be leading a team of interviewers in July/August to assess attitudes and beliefs of Haitian mothers on the use of Medika Mamba. Medika Mamba is a Haitian derivative of the known ready-to-use therapeutic food, plumpy'nut. Medika Mamba is prescribed at nutrition clinics to patients diagnosed with malnutrition.

Members of this team will be trained in interviewing and note taking for this project. Each interviewer or note taker will work alongside an interpreter.

Collaborating with Global Health Action (July / August 2011)
Location: Leogane district, HaitiGlobal Health Action (GHA) was founded in 1972, in Atlanta, GA. Their mission is to improve the health of people and communities around the globe through education, training, and practical programs in leadership, management, and health promotion.

Global Health Action's Goat Program trains farmers in goat husbandry and care. Each graduating farmer receives a pregnant doe that has been crossed with one of the program’s purebred goats. The program provides a local source for nutrition and income. Since its inception in 1985, more than 4,000 framers have been trained.

Some of our team members will be gathering narratives from GHA's goat farmer beneficiaries. This involves sitting down and talking with some beneficiaries (in the Leogane district), and doing some in-depth interviews with a select number of them. Point of contact for this initiative is Girija Sankar with GHA.

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Thanks !

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Haiti Recovery and Redevelopment


The Haiti Health Collaborative

A GIANT & H4HD Partnership

A fierce 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon on January 12, 2010, bringing even more suffering to a nation that was already the hemisphere’s poorest and most disaster-prone. Centered 10 miles from Port Au Prince the capital of Haiti, it was the worst earthquake to hit the region in over 200 years and the devastation has been enormous.
The most desperate and immediate needs of the more than 3 million Haitians who have been impacted by the disaster are food, water, shelter and medical care / medical supplies.

The phases leading to recovery

• Search and rescue including the use of heavy equipment to remove rubble in the effort to save lives.
• Immediate relief: the provision of immediate needs to survivors such as medical assistance, food, cleans water and shelter.

• Short-term recovery: comes during the weeks and months after the immediate relief effort. It includes providing temporary housing, temporary schools, the initial rebuilding of infrastructure and services for displaced families

• Long-term recovery: This phase is measured in years, and includes livelihood restoration and permanent rebuilding of homes, schools and infrastructure.

Our commitment

It is evident that the needs of the Haitian people will continue long after the immediate relief phase of the recovery period. We will be setting up temporary clinics in different parts of Haiti over the next few weeks to months. We will also continue to ship items like food, clothes, medical supplies, and medications to our local partners.

G.I.A.N.T. and other partners will be involved in providing assistance in all areas, building local capacity and also providing funds to support medical assistance, and the provision of food, clean water and shelter.

In our commitment to support long-term recovery efforts we will help rebuild safer, healthier and more sustainable communities.

We have now supported and coordinated logistics for several medical teams that have gone or are in the process of going to Haiti. We continue to act as a clearing house for doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other relief professionals who want to assist Haiti.

During the year following the earthquake the teams we worked focused on needs assessments, food provision, counseling, medical care and support. The main sites of the efforts were Léogâne, Carrefour, St-Marc (hospital), and the General Hospital. Our outreach continued in Jacmel, parts of Port au Prince, Gros – Morne and Léogâne. We also collaborated with local partners in Les Cayes, Cap-Haitien, and Gonaives.

Focus on Grand–Goâve, Haiti

This past year we partnered with Humanity 4 Haitian Development (H4HD) and other organizations in an attempt to help rebuild Grand–Goâve, Haiti. We assisted with the development of local capacity by providing technical assistance, and also by providing cash assistance to local groups for the purchasing of relief supplies locally in order to support the local economy, and contribute to the recovery process.


Grand–Goâve, Haiti

Grand-Goâve (Haitian Creole: Grangwav) is a city in the Ouest Department of southwestern Haiti.
The town is one of the oldest cities of the country, and was named Goâve by the Amerindians. The Spanish called it Aguava at the end of the 16th century. After French colonization through the releasing of the Spanish, the French divided the city into two halves, Grand-Goâve and Petit-Goâve.
Ninety percent of Grand-Goâve was destroyed by the earthquake that happened on January 12, 2010. All public buildings were destroyed, including the schools, city hall, and police station.
Key points

We conducted a thorough needs assessment of Grand-Goâve with emphasis on the following areas: public health, water & sanitation, health care, agro-sustainability, and education.

• The focus of our efforts were to RESEARCH, ANALYZE and ASSESS the living situations in Grand-Goâve, in order to determine the short and long term needs of the people.

• Food, temporary shelter, medical supplies and medicines were part of our temporary / short term relief efforts. However, the heart of the issue is to detail exactly what will sustain Grand-Goâve for years to come. Our experts continue to work towards establishing comprehensive and sustainable initiatives.

• We cannot assume the needs of the Haitian population, or begin project/capacity building without FIRST laying the bricks for a strong foundation.

Areas where needs sssessments were completed during the June / July 2010 trips:

• Water, Sanitation, Environment
• Education
• Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
• Health Care (medical/public health/dental/mental/rehabilitation)
• Shelter, Housing, Infrastructure
• Documentary / Photojournalism

Grand-Goâve, Haiti community appraisal / community needs assessment timeline:

• Define aims of appraisal (completed)
• Identify community for assessment - Grand Goave, Haiti
• Identify study team (GIANT & H4HD)
• Train in qualitative techniques - (completed)
• Examine available information - (completed)
• Define key questions and issues - (completed)
• Pilot questions in interviews or questionnaires -(completed)
• Identify key informants -(completed)(June 2010 Trip)
• Choose and use appropriate methods - completed)(June 2010 Trip)
• Analyze information after each interview -(completed)
• Write report and develop action plan-(completed)(July to August 2010)
. Education Trip - completed)(October, 2010)
. Implementation of projects - In progress 2010 / 2011

Bryan Meltz went to rural Haiti and wants to share some of her work with you.

Bryan Meltz has an exhibit at Emory University on Haiti called After: Images from Haiti. Visit

Contact us:
Phone: 770.491.8667
Fax: 770.491.8655

See some of our pictures taken by builder and photographer Clarke Titus (Click on the Links)
AFTER: Images from Haiti from Bryan Meltz on Vimeo.
Bouneau Health and Development Project
"Nou Kapab"

Dr.Yves Marie Dominique GEORGES, MD, MPH
Bouneau is located in Artibonite which is one of the ten departments of Haiti. With an area of 4,984 km², Artibonite is Haiti's largest department. Artibonite had a population of 1,168,800 in 2002. The region is the country's main rice-growing area. The main cities are Gonaïves, Saint-Marc, Dessalines, Gros Morne and Marmelade. The department has experienced a state of social and economic despair for years, and the current catastrophes have only made the situation worse.
Dr. Yves Marie Dominique GEORGES, is a Haitian physician and Fulbright Fellow with public health training. She travels back and forth between the United States and Haiti. She is our lead Haiti project manager and is coordinating our efforts to address the following issues in Bouneau:
• Education
• Children labor / Servitude “restavek”
• Nutrition
• Sexual abuse
• Infectious diseases
Phase 1 Needs Assessment completed January 2011
Phase 2 Project implementation planned April 2011 to December 2014

Some of our Haiti team members

Johanne Desormeaux, MD, MPHc is our senior technical advisor for Haiti. She is responsible for the coordination of some of our health related projects in Haiti including our Haiti Sister Hospital Initiative. She is currently completing her Masters of Public Health degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in French, English, and Creole.

Pilot Project Background info:

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Haiti and the office of the First Lady of Haiti, GIANT Non Profit Inc. will develop the partnership between Isaie Jeanty & Leon Audain Maternity Hospital, Chancerelles, Port-au-Prince, Haiti & and hospitals in the United States.

Through GIANT Non Profit Inc., sister hospitals will collaborate and pool resources to meet immediate medical needs, create sustainable health care outreach and preventative programs and secure a healthier future for the people of Haiti.
We are currently developing our Sister Hospital & Public Health Partnership Project.

The partnership will relieve the overwhelming need for health related capacity and resources by creating a direct flow of human resources and medical supplies between hospitals in the United States and their counterparts in developing nations.



To build health bridges between hospitals in developing nations and hospitals in the United States.
Our focus will be on capacity building and sustainability.

Capacity building will involve two main areas:

  • Infrastructure and equipment capacity building:
  • Health related supplies and biomedical equipment
  • Long term efficient health structures
  • Ambulances, emergency response vehicles
  • Mobile Health Units

  • Human Resource Development, training and education with emphasis on:
  • Medical, Public Health and Biomedical Professionals
  • Residents and Interns
  • Medical Students
  • Public Health Students
  • Nursing Students
  • Biomedical Engineering Students
  • Physical Therapy Students
  • Community Health Workers

Dr. Alawode Oladele and Haitian Minister for Public Health Dr. Florence D. Guillaume