Dominican Mission Hospital Receives Injured from Haiti
La Hoya, Dominican Republic, January 18, 2010--Missionary Connie DiLeo reports that injured survivors of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti were arriving by the next day at the hospital operated by Community Partners (COPA), a medical and educational ministry, on the north shore of the Dominican Republic.
The hospital, which serves the La Hoya and Bombita areas, is a considerable distance from the border shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.
One of the first patients was a young woman whose house collapsed on her. Others had internal bleeding or needed trauma care.
"The medical team is great and has jumped right in," she wrote. "We are glad they can help."
The missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries also reported that former students from the COPA school in Bombita were helping out as translators since the patients speak Creole and the medical team members mostly speak Spanish. The town of Bombita has many refugees from earlier disasters in Haiti and many have attended the COPA school there.
DiLeo said that the earthquake was felt in La Hoya, where she lives. "We certainly felt the tremor and all ran out of our houses about 6:15 p.m. but all is fine here."
Community Partners is a shared ministry of churches primarily in Florida and Great Britain. It has long-standing ties to the General Board of Global Ministries.
Gifts to support UMCOR's Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Checks can be made to UMCOR with "Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency" in the memo line. Checks can be put in the church's offering plate or mailed to: UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.
One hundred percent of gifts made to this Advance project will go to help the people of Haiti.
Date posted: Jan 18, 2010