Through our travels on behalf of Health eVillages and our incredible partners around the world, we continue to come in contact with amazing organizations that are truly working to move the needle on human rights. On this trip we were fortunate enough to find ourselves at one of these organizations – Zanmi Beni. When Loune Viaud isn’t busy working as the Co-Executive Director of Zanmi Lasante (Partners In Health in Haiti), she spends her time raising the sixty-four children she has brought into her life, living at the home for orphaned and abandoned children she founded called Zanmi Beni. Not only do half of the children have some sort of developmental challenge, many of them lived through devastation during the Haitian hurricanes and the earthquake of 2010. One child, a young boy named Joseph, was buried in the rubble for four days, now he speaks three languages and is an incredible soccer player!
Health eVillages, through our work with Partners in Health and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, have provided the nurses at Zanmi Beni with their own Health eVillages iPad! The iPad is loaded with an array of French and Creole content that they can use for medical education for the nurses and the kids! Health eVillages is so grateful for the opportunity to work with these amazing individuals, and we look forward to a strong and expanding partnership in the future!
Tomorrow we travel to University Notre Dame d’Haiti, to meet with our eight Health eVillages nurse educators who teach there! This will be our first trip to visit them at the University, and we are honored to have our Health eVillages Advisory Board member, Kerry Kennedy, joining us with her delegation!