HIGHLIGHTS: July 2011-June 2012

June 2012 (end of Fiscal Year)

The MTI-Advantage Program closed out this Fiscal Year (July 2011-June 2012) with the accomplishment of a major goal…. Having our own soccer team for persons with limb loss! Thanks to contributions from the Jordan Thomas Foundation and McCallie School-Chattanooga, we now have uniforms, balls, shin guards, socks and some cleats. (See pics below). Other exciting activities include:

  • A high volume of patients seen in our new clinic in downtown Les Cayes (#4 Rue de Quai)… Again…. look us up on Google Earth or a similar program
  • Seeing a 6 year old with severe clubfoot walk for the first time with an AFO and walker provided by the program. This young boy was abandoned by his parents but taken in by a loving caregivers.
  • Helping a young boy who lost both legs in the 2010 earthquake find hope through the potential of playing football (soccer).
More highlights to come… For now… enjoy the pics below…

Integrated Adaptive Sports Day

A day of play for persons with and without disability… We played soccer, volleyball and basketball. All persons followed the rules for persons with limb loss… What a challenge!

Thanks to Jordan Thomas Foundation for the uniforms!

Thanks to Jordan Thomas Foundation for the uniforms!

Cherlie (upper extremity limb loss) serves as goalie

Cherlie (upper extremity limb loss) serves as goalie

Persons with and without limb loss play by same rules...  a real challenge!

Persons with and without limb loss play by same rules… a real challenge!

adaptive volleyball (lower net; play sitting down)

adaptive volleyball (lower net; play sitting down)

Young man who lost both legs is excited to play soccer

Young man who lost both legs is excited to play soccer

Young man with severe clubfoot is fitted with ankle-foot brace so that he can walk

Young man with severe clubfoot is fitted with ankle-foot brace so that he can walk

Happy 6 year old walking for the first time after receiving ankle-foot brace and walker

Happy 6 year old walking for the first time after receiving ankle-foot brace and walker

May 2012

This month marks the 2nd year of a full-time presence in Haiti. We are grateful to the volunteers who have graciously given their time, talents and resources to be part of transformational experience in the lives of the resource poor. We seek to empower those with whom we share community; to assist those with physical disability to speak for themselves; to learn along with our community what it means in practical terms to be “image-bearers of God.” The MTI-Advantage Program is not a project, but a movement……a process of investing in relationship such that transformation begins with me! I have much to learn…

During the month of May, the MTI-Advantage Program:

  • moved to our new clinic site in downtown Les Cayes (look us up on Google Earth or a similar program….address is #4 Rue de Quai)
  • moved all of our supplies and equipment into our new space
  • received 2 teams of 4 rehab professionals from Brooks Rehabilitation (Jacksonville, FL), working at MTI-Advantage clinic and Hopital Lumiere, a large surgical facility in the mountains about 1 hour drive from Les Cayes
  • tried to organize our equipment and supplies into the clinical space (which has limited storage) and my apartment above (which now houses our crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and other pieces of equipment)
  • conducted 4 advocacy meetings in which we encourage envisioning what might be, could be and should be and explore innovation of change
Here are a few pictures illustrating a few of the activities:
Brooks Rehab team works with 8 year old, teaching him to walk with crutches after his surgery

Brooks Rehab team works with 8 year old, teaching him to walk with crutches after his surgery

June & Sarah (Brooks Rehab) work together with a patient

June & Sarah (Brooks Rehab) work together with a patient

June prays with Nolienne, a friend for many years. Although she has polio and can barely walk, she cooks the daily meal for her family.

June prays with Nolienne, a friend for many years. Although she has polio and can barely walk, she cooks the daily meal for her family.

June's apartment used as storage of mattresses, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other equipment

June’s apartment used as storage of mattresses, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other equipment

Waterfall near Hopital Lumiere.... Definitely worth the 30 minute hike/stumble straight downhill!

Waterfall near Hopital Lumiere…. Definitely worth the 30 minute hike/stumble straight downhill!

Berkley is such a "cool breeze"...enjoying an outing with a team

Berkley is such a “cool breeze”…enjoying an outing with a team

The densely populated "poorest country in the western hemisphere" boasts much beauty as well

The densely populated “poorest country in the western hemisphere” boasts much beauty as well

April 2012

April proves to be a super busy month with activities including:

  • Starting the internal construction to open our new rehabilitation/prosthetics/orthotics clinic in the town of Les Cayes
  • Working with rehabilitation teams at Hopital Lumiere
  • Enrolling Likowky (our trainee in prosthetics & orthotists) in the first class of University of Don Bosco training program in Haiti and seeing him through the first week of classes
  • Attending mandatory meetings in Port-au-Prince for organization involved in the rehabilitation sector
  • Taking “ti tan pou jwe” (taking a little time to play)
The construction team from First Centenary United Methodist Church, led by Jim Rogers (with team members Barry and Rick) worked almost non-stop for 3 straight days and nights to create the internal working space for making custom artificial limbs and braces. Barry, an excellent electrician who understands how to work “with” and “around” the Haitian system of electrical wiring, set the stage for wiring and lighting the shop. We are now ready to move the generator and install the inverter system. Marvin, Carmen (MTI-Advantage Program Certified Prosthetists/Orthotists) and Jim designed the work area. Within 3 days, the clinic morphed from one big room to a rehabilitation treatment area and 3 separate work spaces for the shop (complete with a small area for storage. Hopefully, the construction team can come back very soon to help us complete this task.
June Hanks, Advantage Program Director, in front of "in town" clinic (building on left)

June Hanks, Advantage Program Director, in front of “in town” clinic (building on left)

Clinic space before the work begins

Clinic space before the work begins

Framing of the new rehab clinic and shop space begins

Framing of the new rehab clinic and shop space begins

Jim hammers while Marvin puts up a wall

Jim hammers while Marvin puts up a wall

Clinic framing by Rick (on ladder) and Barry

Clinic framing by Rick (on ladder) and Barry

Electrical puzzle for Barry to solve

Electrical puzzle for Barry to solve

Barry, Likowky (MTI-Advantage CPO Trainee) and Rick on roof of clinic

Barry, Likowky (MTI-Advantage CPO Trainee) and Rick on roof of clinic

Brooks Rehabilitation System in Jacksonville, FL has some awesome therapists who have set up four 1 week rotations (with 4 therapists on each team) over a period of seven weeks to assist the MTI-Advantage Program. Spear-headed by Ashley Henegar, PT, DPT, the 1st group worked at Hopital Lumiere where more than 140 patient sessions were given. The days were long (7:30am-5:30pm) with a short break for lunch, but this energetic and soul-full team impacted the lives of many at the hospital. Thanks to Brooks Rehab, the therapists who come, and the support of workmates, family, and friends.

Brooks Rehab "Team Restore" in front on Hopital Lumiere

Brooks Rehab “Team Restore” in front on Hopital Lumiere

January-March 2012

Physical rehabilitation volunteers to the MTI-Advantage Program provide a great service to the people of Haiti through participation in the MTI-Advantage Program clinic and satellite service areas. Helping train rehabilitation workers is a huge objective. There is no physical or occupational training program at all in Haiti and volunteers help to fill the void in service provision and on the job training of nurses and hospital staff. Volunteers also have fun at the beach. Hard to beat the views!

Sunset at Port Salut...Come see it!

Sunset at Port Salut…Come see it!

Advantage Program therapy dog happy at beach

Advantage Program therapy dog happy at beach

Gait training for patient with amputation at MTI-Advantage Clinic

Gait training for patient with amputation at MTI-Advantage Clinic

manual therapy in MTI-Advantage Clinic

manual therapy in MTI-Advantage Clinic

June and Delcuis, 18 year old patient with spinal cord injury

June and Delcuis, 18 year old patient with spinal cord injury

Senat learns "hands on"

Senat learns “hands on”

Who most enjoys stickers?

Who most enjoys stickers?

MTI volunteer treats child with torticollis

MTI volunteer treats child with torticollis

MTI volunteers provide "hands on" training for Senat

MTI volunteers provide “hands on” training for Senat

Who is this guy named "Flat Stanley"?

Who is this guy named “Flat Stanley”?

Is there anywhere Flat Stanley will not go?

Is there anywhere Flat Stanley will not go?

MTI volunteer training Senat, an LPN interested in PT

MTI volunteer training Senat, an LPN interested in PT

Happy patients, trainees and therapists

Happy patients, trainees and therapists

The new year started with new programs, including adaptive sports. The Haitian people love football (soccer). The Advantage Program is starting a soccer team for persons with limb loss. Persons with other types of disability participate in volleyball, frisbee, basketball and other sports.

Young people with and without limb loss participate in the soccer game. The integration helps those without amputation understand the challenges of those with limb loss.

Everyone playing soccer must use crutches.... Quite a challenge for those who aren't used to using them!

Jose Laure (upper extremity limb loss) is starting to master throwing and catching the frisbee…

Cherlie (with below elbow limb loss) practices kicking. The photographer was a bit late and missed getting the soccer ball into the picture!

Cerafin (with above knee limb loss) and Jose Laure (with above elbow limb loss) practice shooting goals in soccer.

The clinical work of the Advantage Program continues to grow. Marvin Borge and Carmen Nino (both ISPO Category 2 certified prosthetists/orthotists) have made many artificial limbs (prostheses) and braces (orthoses). Physical rehabilitation services are provided by staff and volunteers in the MTI-Advantage Clinic, in local hospitals, and in homes.

Walking with a walker, then holding hands, a now with no support, this 4 year old boy will soon be running around like 4 year olds should!

June helps patient with limb loss learn to use prosthesis

June helps patient with limb loss learn to use prosthesis

Fitting of crutches for patient

This older lady who had a stroke is so pleased to receive a wheelchair

Marvin adjusts prosthesis for a patient

Team adjusts leg brace

Likowky, our Prosthetics & Orthotics trainee, teaches this mother how to apply leg braces custom made for her daughter. This young girl can now walk independently with a pediatric walker.

June provides wound care and hand exercise to a patient with a deep cuts to the hand

The PET carts are a big “hit” for those with lost mobility due to spinal cord injury, limb loss and other physical challenges

Florica enjoys exploring the driveway in a pediatric PET cart (hand propelled cart)

The clubfoot correction program continues to expand under the direction of Marvin Borge, CPO. Through our relationship with Cure Clubfoot Worldwide, we are able to offer the services at no cost. Sometimes, Marvin receives special “gifts of thanks” such as a rooster, sugar cane and tomatoes.

Marvin evaluates child with club foot and malformation of the bones

Correction of the most common birth defect of the legs, clubfoot, is a part of the Advantage Program.

Child with corrected clubfoot

Marvin holding the “gift”… a rooster…

With the help of volunteers, physical therapist and program director, June Hanks, PT, PhD, DPT provides physical rehabilitation to those in need. The success of our satellite clinic model in which we have our primary workshop/clinic at the MTI-Advantage Program Team House and mobile clinics in area hospitals, clinics, and in homes is evidenced by the number of beneficiaries served. We are grateful to be “the hands and feet” of Christ to serve those in need.

Kelly & Ann help a patient learn to walk after surgery

Child with developmental delay is able to walk using device provided by program

Brian uses his mechanical skills to assist an MD in removing an external fixator under the direction of a visiting MD

Kelly’s manual therapy skills are put to use as she mobilizes a patient’s ankle

The MTI-Advantage Program “Cabulance” is full as we transport patients from Les Cayes to Hopital Lumiere

The advocacy component of the Advantage Program is intended to empower persons with disabilities to be the change agents within Haitian society to reduce historical stigma and discrimination. We have a group in Les Cayes (Vwa Nou) and also do seminars in other places, such as Port-a-Piment. Our most recent seminar in Port-a-Piment had more than 50 people in attendance. Many came from far away, riding donkeys or being carried by other people.

June leads the advocacy group in discussion of "Who is responsible for change in society?"

June leads the advocacy group in discussion of “Who is responsible for change in society?”

Marvin and June discuss prevention of disability by early intervention (in this case, treatment of clubfoot).

Marvin and June discuss prevention of disability by early intervention (in this case, treatment of clubfoot).

Program participants actively engaged in discussions

Program participants actively engaged in discussions

The MTI-Advantage Advocacy Group “Vwa Nou” (meaning “Our Voices”) meets weekly at the MTI-Advantage Program Team House to discuss their assets and solutions to their problems. The group provides peer support by visiting persons with recently acquired disabilities (such as limb loss, spinal cord injury, stroke).

Vwa Nou (advocacy group) gathers goods to take to Pierre, a young man with spinal cord injury who does not have the mobility to leave his house.

Pierre lives in a small room in this house where Vwa Nou gathers to deliver their gifts

Pierre (in foreground) tells the group how much he enjoyed the visit

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