At the beginning of December, the St. Luke Foundation had the pleasure of receiving a visit from our long time friends and partners, Mariavittoria Rava, Dr. Enrico Casano, and Donatella Dipaolo, from the Rava Foundation in Italy. Dr. Casano has been an integral part of our breast cancer screening program that we began with the Rava Foundation’s help at the beginning of 2017. Since the start of the program, we have been able to screen over 2,000 women!Read More
At St. Luke Foundation, we try to combat food insecurity in any way we can—even small ways. We have started to do this by raising tilapia, producing bread and pasta, and raising chickens for meat and eggs. We also grow bananas, mangoes, coffee, cacao, and moringa, a tree with many nutritional benefits used in Haiti to combat malnutrition and deforestation.Read More
On October 31, 2018, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Luke Hospital, in partnership with the Francesca Rava Foundation, held an event providing free breast cancer screenings for over 40 women.Read More
“He is my father,” Pierre, a middle-aged patient says as he points to Wilflo Fontus, his visibly younger social worker at St. Luke Hospital, “he is my brother; my friend.” Pierre was left at the hospital, abandoned by his family. There was no relative willing to bring him food, clothing, or medicine until the social services team, consisting of Wilflo, Rachelle Petiote, and Yolette Senat, stepped in. These three become like family to their most vulnerable patients.Read More
This summer, with aid from Obicà Mozzarella Bar through the Francesca Rava Foundation, an Italian based sponsor, St. Luke staff distributed 4000 bags of pasta to people living in some of the poorest parts of Haiti.Read More
On 18 October 2018 the St. Luke Foundation celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. Luke the Evangelist. The day started with a celebratory mass lead by Fr Rick and Fr Hugo. Red and white balloons, flowers, and large decorative hats, decked the chapel at the St. Luke Hospital and the joyful singing of a dozen men accompanied by a keyboard and conga drum filled the church. During the mass, Fr Rick shared about St. Luke the Evangelist—how he was a physician, historian, painter of icons, whose Gospel is centered on God’s mercy, care for the poor, the importance of a joyful spirit and deep prayerfulness--a gospel where salvation is meant for all people.Read More
Sr. Judy Dohner, Sister of the Humility of Mary, arrived at NPFS Haiti in 2002.
Poor Judy. None of us knew we were about to face the worst political and social violence we would ever know in our 30 years of work here.
Since the earthquake in 2010, various international organizations throughout Port au Prince have provided trauma expertise for burns, accidents, high-risk maternity and various other emergencies. Some of these trauma centers were located just a few miles from St. Damien and St. Luke hospitals. Unfortunately, at the end of July of this year, one organization announced the closing of two of their hospitals, cutting back funding to maternity and trauma services, with trauma being closed altogether after June of 2019.Read More
At Mass that morning, aside from offering gratitude to God for 65 years (and a short prayer for more), I reflectively enjoyed memories of my mother, and recalled how she attributed my good health, which I still enjoy, to Jesus' mother, Mary.Read More