UPDATE: Operation Rainbow is still in Haiti as of March 2010. Additional teams are in Pour Au Prince providing continued medical help.
Just one week after the earthquake in Haiti, Operation Rainbow sent a team to provide disaster relief. While Operation Rainbow generally does not respond to disaster situations because of funding limitations, the tragic earthquake was incomprehensibly tragic. As a result, the decision was made to send a team to the Haitian border town of Jimani, in the Domincan Republic.
We began fundraising immediately. And you all responded.
Operation Rainbow was able to send not one team for a week, but three separate, consecutive teams for three weeks. Our orthopedic surgery teams are self-sufficient - involving surgeons, anesthesiologists, post-anesthesia nurses, surgical technicians, translators and coordinators - but the disaster in Haiti meant cooperation with internation teams on all levels of patient care.
The result was a collaborative and successful effort to treat hundreds of life-threatening orthopedic and trama related injuries.
We could not do this without the support of donors.
When Haiti needed the world, the world responded. And your donations helped us to help Haitians. The effort in Haiti is far from over, however. The immediate disaster warrants life-saving surgeries and treatment, but definitive care to improve the quality of life in the quake's aftermath is what will ensure affected Haitian citizens can resume a life of function. For this, we will need continued funding and supply donations.
Below are images from Operation Rainbow's work in Haiti and Jimani, Dominican Republic.
Story from an Operation Rainbow surgeon in Haiti:
It would take me a year to unfold the stories of last week. Here's just one:
This little girl is Malissa. She is 9 yrs old and lost both parents in the Haiti earthquake. Her older sister is now her caretaker.
The photo at left with Malissa in bandages was taken by an Operation Rainbow photographer on the first of four consecutive missions to help the Haitian earthquake victims.
Each team got to know Malissa quite well; we shared with her our stories and our hearts. She, in turn, touched us with her spirit and her infectious smile.
These latter photos demonstrate both her physical and emotional healing and define the resiliency of the Haitian people, and of children everywhere Operation Rainbow is still working in Haiti.
A new team is now in Port Au Prince and will be followed by a replacement team in a week. We believe that though Haiti may fall from the worlds eye, there will still be immeasurable work be done, and Operation Rainbow will be there helping to accomplish it.
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We are grateful for past and continued support.