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Haiti: Seven Years of Hope and Healing

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Dr. Craig Hobar in Haiti after the earthquake

It has been 7 years since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Its epicenter was a mere 16 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, and those who survived lost nearly everything else.

On Day 4 after the quake, accompanied by Drs. Ale and Ian Mitchell, LEAP Founder Dr. Craig Hobar worked around the clock, amputating gangrenous limbs and repairing facial injuries of victims pulled from the rubble in Port-au-Prince.

LEAP then sent rotating surgical teams for 6 months, during which time we developed a close partnership with locally based Hopital Espoir and saw the extreme need for continued surgical care beyond our disaster relief efforts.

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Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (5/5)

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img_7345Our construction team traveled home on Saturday, September 24. This team put their hearts and souls into this project, all to honor the work that Robin and Dr. Craig Hobar began in 1991. Janet and Pat Ortega led our construction team on this expanded project and the Pediatric Ward project in 2014.

These legacy projects enable our host hospital to provide optimal medical and surgical care that will bless the lives of countless children, their families, and neighbors living in the Port-au-Prince area. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the Ortegas and all who were involved — what an amazing humanitarian construction team!

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (3/5)

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hproject-9-18-16-2On Sunday, September 18, the construction team worked a few hours to stay on schedule and had a pizza party for lunch, something that is a true splurge in Haiti. Afterward, the team rested the remainder of the day, the first time since they began the project, only to start again early the next morning.

This team was such a hard working group of devoted men and one extraordinary woman who continued to work alongside local Haitians and taught them new techniques along the way. Many of the locals were also part of the construction team that worked on the Pediatric Ward in 2014.

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (2/5)

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Our construction team in Haiti arrived at the hospital to quickly begin work on the vacant shell that was soon to be the new Outpatient Clinic. In addition to our team, local Haitians also worked to begin framing the walls, sheet rocking, and framing out the doors by Day Three. The team completely embraced the heart of this project that was quickly unfolding to include a very fun work site.

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (1/5)

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img_7351We wanted to share a special series this week about the extraordinary accomplishment of our volunteer construction team, led by long-time supporters Janet and Pat Ortega. After several months of planning, they very quietly traveled to Haiti on September 11 to build an Emergency Room with an Operating Room and Recovery Room, along with a new Outpatient Clinic, in only 14 days at our host hospital, Hopital Espoir. This was all completed to honor Robin and Dr. Craig Hobar for their 25 years of humanitarian service, an honorary award and gift given to them by Ellen and Clayton Kershaw.  
 
img_7350Our seasoned construction team that traveled with the Ortegas included Jim Andrews, Harry Steed, and Dustin Warren. 
 
In order for the project to start smoothly, the hospital staff had to clear out a significant area of the hospital located under the Pediatric Ward, which was built largely by the same team in 2014. This was a major undertaking by the hospital with pre-planning by Janet and Pat, but all was ready whenever our team arrived.  

25th Anniversary Gala: A Legacy of Love, A Future of Hope (3/6)

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L to R: Ann Higginbottom, Dr. Craig Hobar, Robin Hobar, Landmark recipient Li Ying, and her mother, Mrs. Jin

L to R: Ann Higginbottom, Dr. Craig Hobar, Robin Hobar, Landmark recipient Li Ying, and her mother, Mrs. Jin

Ann Higginbottom, Executive Director of Kershaw’s Challenge, shared with the 400 Gala attendees that the humanitarian award given to Robin and Craig Hobar was a gift by her family members, Ellen and Clayton Kershaw. The Kershaws wanted to honor the Hobars and their outstanding commitment to helping children receive free surgical care in the most remote regions of the world by funding an Emergency Room at our host hospital in Haiti, which also included a new Operating Room, Recovery Room, and 2,500 square foot new Outpatient Clinic.

Originally, all had anticipated this award as a future project; however, after several months of planning, our very hard-working construction team, led by longtime LEAP supporters Janet and Pat Ortega, flew to Haiti in September and worked tirelessly to complete the construction portion of the project just in time for the Gala. By the time the team travels in early November, the project will be fully completed!