This will tell the story of the first year of the new Rehabilitation Dept. of the Episcopal University in Haiti, from the viewpoint of Donnel and Janet O'Flynn.
The next-to-last post was sort of a cliff-hanger: when will FSRL get back to normal? The answer is that we are back in business, even though with some changes. I got back to my desk in Leogane on March 17 or 18, and we did have visiting faculty (including two Haitian faculty) to keep classes going until the end of March.
In the first week of April the students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year left campus to go on clinicals. The clinicals were supposed to be in summertime, but we have exchanged the seasons: classes will be in the summer instead.
I want to thank the wonderful supervisors who agreed to take our students back, some of them within a couple weeks of the end of the last clinical placement!
I also want to thank the fourth-year students for their work this month getting our NEW CLINIC at Hôpital Ste Croix open for the first time! They have cleaned it, bought paint and rollers, commissioned a welder to make parallel bars, scouted out mats and loaned their own mat tables, all necessary to have the basics ready to receive patients, probably in April!
The name will be Centre Tèt Ansanm: Heads Together, as in, Let’s put our heads together about that!” Actually the full name will be something like
CENTRE UNIVERSITAIRE TÈT ANSANM DE L’HÔPITAL STE CROIX
and on the sign it will give credit to FSRL and UNEPH. This is a wonderful, excellent ,exciting new development, thoroughly welcomed by the medical director and the nursing director of the hospital: Dr Alexy and Mme Germain.
Special congratulations to Emerson Barthelemy, Nicholson François, Amendocia Dorcé, Ramona Adrien, and Roosvelt Pierre Louis, fourth-years who have been scrubbing and walking and carrying heavy things this past week!