Fellow Jack Cottrell, his wife Michelle and Fellow Donna Brode took part in a Speroway Mission to Haiti.
Report on Haiti – October 2016
When hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, our medical, dental and pharmacy teams were left stranded in the struggling nation.
When we arrived our main attention was on the resettlement areas and during this time the dental team provided much needed dental work for approximately 700 people.
When the hurricane struck, if forced the airport to close. Rather than “run for cover”, the team continued to perform more work on people.
More than 80% of residents in Haiti live in poverty and there is a shortage of dentists. Most Haitians earn less than $2 a day and a dental visit is out of the question.
The team worked from Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital where the effects of the hurricane were mostly gusting winds and rain and no hurricane damage but other parts of Haiti were destroyed as the Category 4 storm blew through in the early morning hours of October 4, killing nearly 900 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
Even though our work was performed in an area of extreme poverty, we were able to help so many people due to the portable dental units we have been able to purchase through our money granted from the ICD Foundation.
Dr. Jack Cottrell