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Helping Haiti one Suitcase at a Time
Published on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 (4:41 p.m.)Caring for Haiti, One Suitcase at a Time
Henderson, Nevada—On a late night flight February 25, 2013 seventy-two-year-old Joseph Provost will head to the airport with twelve pieces of luggage to deliver to the needy people in Haiti. These twelve add to a total of 45 pieces of luggage Mr. Provost has delivered in the past three months. The suitcases are packed with clothing, rice, blow-up air mattress, and medical supplies.
Three years ago Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake. Mother Nature attacked an already impoverished country, and the people still need help today. But sometimes aide through large organizations doesn’t reach its final destination. Mr. Provost has seen donated rice sold in the black market, so he gets personal with his donations and employ the hands-on approach delivering donations one suitcase at a time. Furthermore when Mr. Provost discovered that the doctor to patient ratio in Haiti is 10,000 to one, he created The Friends of Haiti Inc. (a 501 c(3) charity) to provide scholarships to Haitian medical students. These scholarship students pledge to remain in their country for a minimum of five years upon graduation to help their fellow citizens. The last hospital Mr. Provost visited had only four doctors working round the clock, caring for the sick and delivering 30-40 babies daily.
One hundred percent of all donations coming in to The Friends of Haiti Inc. are spent on the students. Mr. Provost journeys to Haiti on his own dime. Traveling with him are Reverend Sue Provost, and Haitian born Makly Prophete. Hopefully the airline will be generous with the luggage rules! To learn more about The Friends of Haiti Inc. or to donate, please visit www.thefriendsofhaitiinc.org.