Hope for Haiti

“Men anpil chey palou” is a Haitian saying that means, “Many hands lighten the load.”

For more than 20 years Dr. Fred McGlynn and the Salva Vida organization he founded have partnered with ministries in Haiti to save lives, heal bodies and give hope to people living in one of the poorest regions in the Western Hemisphere.

McGlynn uses his own funds to travel to Haiti three and four times a year to screen and operate on patients.  Your donations to the Salva Vida Fund help pay for travel expenses for others on his teams such as nurses, physical therapists and administrative support personnel who give their time and  gifts during week-long missions.

Salva Vida also covers the cost of using the operating facilities in country and for any additional equipment needed. Bon Secours Virginia Health System donates many of the medicines and other supplies needed for the trips.

Your donations to these mission trips literally change lives. A child with a disability in Haiti has very little hope. Through Salva Vida and because of generous donors, children are able to walk for the first time, use once broken arms and live fuller lives.  Please consider how you can support this ministry by giving to this fund. 

earthquake response

Following the massive January 2010 earthquake, the Salva Vida CARE Fund provided emergency relief and assisted in sending medical teams in February and again in May 2010. Donor generosity exceeded Salva Vida’s goal to match $25,000 provided by Bon Secours Health System Inc.

“There’s been such an outpouring of goodwill from all sorts of sources,” McGlynn, an orthopedic surgeon, said.

Before heading out for the February trip, Dr. McGlynn shared, “This isn’t a hit-and-run situation. There’s such devastation and such a need. Our goal going this time is to take care of injuries and to help those who are there, but also to really work with the staff who are there to set up support systems….they essentially have no supplies, equipment or medications.”

see a video of our February 2010 trip


since the earthquake

Since 2010, Salva Vida has intensified its efforts and continues to visit at least three or four times a year. Despite the great need in Haiti, with each trip, McGlynn has seen continued progress. Recently, the hospital in Jacmel, where they return for each visit added a second operating room.

Because of the ongoing relationship between Salva Vida and the programs in Jacmel, medical teams are able to follow up on patients and screen new patients for future visits.

“I want to stress that there’s still a vast need. It’s an ongoing process. It’s not like it [the earthquake] happened and it’s over,” McGlynn said. “We invite you to be a part of the healing of bodies and the prospering of lives in a nation that still faces great challenges. Please consider today how you might partner with the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation to make a great impact in Haiti.

”This continued medical assistance is vital in healing injuries in a country where those with physical disabilities face immense obstacles. To help a person walk again or to ensure a child’s bones mend correctly, provides great hope.

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