Central Church members and friends, through individual support and the support of the Mission Team, have given over $130,000 to this project! You truly are living out the mission and vision of Central Church to “Reach Beyond Our Doors”. Thank you for your generous and ongoing support!
Soaring Unlimited Haiti is pleased and proud to announce the opening event and launch of its long-awaited “WOMEN’S HEALTH” & Birth Center ~ “SANTE FANM.” The new facility was dedicated during an Opening Event on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 on Soaring’s “Dorothy Frederickson Community Health & Education Campus” in Pistere Village, Limonade Region, NorthEast Haiti.
The following day, Sante Fanm opened to women in the local village community and surrounding area. Patients who come will be able to give birth with expert care and support from our highly trained midwifery staff, as well as receive a comprehensive array of women’s and children’s health services. Our “continuum of care” includes programming from feminine hygiene support that helps keep teenage girls in school, to prenatal pregnancy care, to postpartum follow-up, to infant and child health and developmental assessments, to family planning services. Soaring has also been providing classes for local traditional birth attendants to enhance their skills, and will continue to work with them culturally in the community through our new facility and its programming.
“We are gratified and humbled to finally see this dream and vision come to fruition, after many years of planning, fundraising, and building ~ it is truly a miracle to have completed the project during a global pandemic and the ongoing civil and political unrest in Haiti,” said Rev. Dr. Laura Alexander Elliott, Missionary in Haiti and Executive Director of Soaring Unlimited. “It’s our hope and prayer that the presence of this new facility in the community will improve the health and lives of women and their families in the region we serve in Haiti, as well as significantly contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates in Haiti where they are the highest in our hemisphere.”
Kathryn Gray says
Thank you Central Church for your long commitment to Soaring Unlimited, Haiti.
Those of us on the board are humbled and grateful for your generosity and caring for our Neighbors in Haiti.
Sante Famn will contribute to the health and well being of Women, Infants and Family in the community!
Julie Falconer says
And thank you Kathy for all your work to make this birthing center a reality!!
Pastor Laura Elliott says
A million thanks to Central UMC and so many of your congregation who have unflaggingly supported Soaring for many years. In addition to all of the amazing health and birth services for women, the facility includes a 50-seat Education and Training Room that is being up-fitted to offer both online classes and in-person community gatherings. We have named this room in memory of your late former Pastor Dave Crawford. This facility would not have come to fruition without the dedication to our global neighbors in Haiti of so many staunch members and all the pastors of Central Church! Again, much gratitude & deep appreciation, Pastor Laura Elliott