Child Friendly Guide about Choronavirus
translated into Haitian Creole
We all know the importance of explaining the current situation to children; however, this approach is not suited for all children. Since children in Haiti are thought to be unable to “understand”, adults usually don’t invest time to explain what is happening in an accessible way to children. Thus, the children ‘feel the fear’ but they don’t understand the reasons for the fear.
Without knowing the reason, the children are forced to stay home, and are unable to attend school and its environment which they love, since it is often only here, where the children find their schoolmates and their teachers, who are both willing and able to communicate effectively with them.
The children often share with the teachers, their fear of dying and of seeing other friends die.
Several Italian cultural associations have developed the booklet ‘MUBA’ that explains COVID 19 to children and to adults, who don’t have access to accurate information.
Volunteers of PONTE association together with CEAL Headmaster translated the booklet in Haitian Creolo and share it through Smartphones.
Take a look at the guides in different languages
Electricity for the hospital in Santo PROVIDED
In Leogane, there are only private hospitals.
All visits and all medicines must be paid for, but most people live below the poverty line. Earning less than a dollar a day, one doesn’t have enough money for basic meals; so if a person gets sick, she/he just postpones a hospital visit.
But in a suburban neighborhood, there is the Emergency Medical Center, where treatment is always granted, and, when available, medicines are provided.
Dr. Toni Bistine, who studied in Cuba, and leads the Center, has adopted the principle that access to healthcare is a right of everyone. “We never say No.”
People know his approach, and, when necessary, they go to the Center.
They call the clinic "Kay Doktè Toni" (Doctor Toni's House), because he and his staff are always available, and indeed his cell phone number is written at the Center’s entrance.
At all times, he is available.
BUT THERE WAS A PROBLEM: there was no electricity, and at night flashlights are unwieldly to use.
Therefore, WE INSTALLED SOLAR PANEL!
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Published on 5.03.2019
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Initially our projects were realised as a response to the emergency, and later they evolved into initiatives that promote long-term local
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