In remembrance of the 1 year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake
in Haiti, the Barr Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our
Haiti Relief Fund Grants. The grants were established to provide prosthetic
rehabilitation to the unfortunate victims of the earthquake.
Through generous donations from the Baltimore City College Choir fund
raiser, David Falk of Falk Prosthetics; Pennies for Prosthetics fund raiser,
matching funds from the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem and the
Barr Foundation, four grants of $4,000US were established.
The Barr Foundation International Review Committee has selected the
following organizations that met the Grant criteria.
Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc.
The organization is operating an Amputee Rehabilitation Program at Bernard
Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince with a mission to treat every child amputee
with the most skilled and compassionate care, along with the most
appropriate and sustainable, yet advanced prosthetic system. From June to
November 2010 a total of 120 amputees were served.
Phoenix Rising for Haiti
This organization is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team that provides
complete care to both adults and children. The main focus is to restore
functional mobility by providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of
orthopedic conditions, including prosthetics, orthotics, physical therapy,
casting and wound care at the Prosthetic and Rehabilitation Center of St.
Louis-du-Nord which was formed in response to the January 12 earthquake.
Advantage Program/Open Hands
This program currently provides prosthetic/orthotic services to children and
adolescents. The rehabilitation clinic is located within the Centre de
Sante Lumiere Hospital and offers on-site fabrication using sustainable
technology since 2001.
This organization was established in 2005 to provide appropriate and
sustainable assistance to disabled people in developing countries. In
response to the earthquake in Haiti an entire self-contained fully equipped
prosthetic/orthotic workshop was created and shipped from California to
Haiti with the intention that the workshop would be self sufficient and run
entirely by Haitians. The workshop is located on the premises of Hospital
Adventiste. The goals for 2011 are to continue clinical and training
operations, staffing and to resupply the workshop with materials and
supplies, and components for 500 prostheses and orthoses.
Eva J Hughes
The Barr Foundation
136 NE Olive Way
Boca Raton, FL 33432