Archives for Haiti

Talk of the Towns 5/14/10

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic:  Maine Connections to Haiti
What has been your experience in Haiti?  How do you tell your friends and colleagues so they will understand better the situation there… history, culture, current condition?  What did you see on your most recent trip?  How are people of Haiti coping with the aftermath of the earthquake?

Guests:  Linda Robinson, Nurse Midwife, Women’s Health Center, Bar Harbor;  Carol Kuhn, Physician, Seaport Family Practice, Belfast; Liz Durham, Physical Therapist, Belfast

Going & Doing Special 4/12/10

Producer/Host: John Greenman

Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Topic: Update on Haiti Earthquake aftermath
How many children are being helped at Vilaj Espwa, and how helpful are the local and regional and national administrations?  What did the US do to Haiti, through the years, that has made it so hard for Haiti’s people to become self-sufficient and, how does a portable water purification system work and how many have been distributed by Water Projects international?
-Drs. Danielle and Lawrence Mutty, Castine
-Father Marc Boisvert, Founder and Director of Pwoje Espwa – -Bob Brown , co-director of Pan African Roots and the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library
– Justin Walker- founder  of Water Projects International –
Call in show

Going and Doing Special 2/08/10

Producer/Host: John Greenman

Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Subject: Haiti Relief Efforts

Drs Lawrence and Danielle Mutty are retired physicians living in Castine, ME. They first met in Montreal where Dr Danielle was born.
They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next summer.
Prior to retirement, they practiced in Augusta for many years following their move to Maine in 1977. For the past 5 years they have been going to Haiti once a year to help at a “orphanage” in Les Cayes called PWOJET ESPWA, which provides housing, food and  education to over 650 youngsters and  medical care to the  surrounding community. They are planning another trip in March.
They chose Haiti to volunteer their services because Dr. Danielle speaks fluent French, which is the second dominant language in Haiti after Creole. Their interest in Haiti was also in large part due to a priest who served their parish in Castine and was chaplain at Maine Maritime Academy, in the late 80s, Father Marc Boisvert a French speaking native of Lewiston.
Father Marc left Castine to become a Navy Chaplain. The Navy assigned him to the base at Guantanamo  Bay to help the Haitian  refugees called “boat people”, because he also spoke fluent French., He went to Haiti himself in 1998 to see if he could help and has remained there ever since. It is to his orphanage and model village where the Muttys and other Maine physicians from St. Marys Hospital in Lewiston go every year bringing medical supplies and providing  immunizations and basic medical care.
Gerry Brache
A volunteer member with Mount Desert Island Search & Rescue (MDISAR.ORG). We are a dedicated team of folks from around the local area. Since we are based on MDI we work closely with the Park Service and value the relationship we have fostered over the years. Although we provide all aspects of search and rescue capabilities, we specialize in high angle rope rescues. Being under the jurisdiction of the Maine Warden Service we are on call to service the entire state of Maine includingBaxter State Park if needed. On behalf of SOLO and myself, I want to send a sincere thanks to my fellow MDISAR team members for offering their generous donation to help fund my potential participation in the ongoing Haiti relief efforts.
Joining the discussion by telephone:
Dr. Cynthia DeSoi from Les Cayes, Haiti
Medical Director of Klinik Espwa at Vilaj Espwa in Haiti, Dr. DeSoi lives in Lewiston, ME and works at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Nephrology Department.
Justin Walker from near Port au Prince, Haiti
Justin is Founder and CEO of Water Projects International which is distributing water purifying systems to families in Haiti and other countries.
Dr. Robert Chagrasulis, Calais, ME
Dr. Chagrasulis recently returned from an emergency trip to Haiti where he joined a team of surgeons for several days of intensive treatment of traumatic injuries. Dr. Chagrasulis is President of the Calais Rotary Club which is  sponsoring the “shelter box” program.
Resources FMI:
Vilaj Espwa, Haitian Orphanage
Partners in Health
Shelter Box USA
Justin Walker
Dr. Jill Seaman, Old Fangak, South Sudan
Volunteering Opportunities