• Rotary Year: 2016-2017
  • Application Date: 5/31/2016
  • Club Name (Primary): Staunton
  • Club Name 2: Staunton-Augusta County
  • Project Name: Boat for Medical Clinic in Haiti
  • Project Total Cost: $15,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: This project will provide the funds for the purchase of a boat to be used by the medical clinic operated by the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church in Pointe-à-Raquette, Haiti. The boat will be operated by the church for the transport of clinic patients who need treatment beyond that available at the clinic to a hospital on the other side of Île de la Gonâve, the island on which both the clinic and the hospital are located, as well as to a hospital on the mainland, which would be more appropriate for certain medical emergencies. The boat will allow more patients to receive the higher level of medical care that they need and to be transported in a less stressful and more timely manner than by the overland trail that is currently used. The Church will operate and maintain the boat, charging a modest fee if necessary to make the project sustainable. Pictures of the boat are attached. The boat is still under construction, with instrumentation and the engine to be installed.
  • Expected Start Date: 7/15/2016
  • Expected End Date: 8/31/2016
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 40
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: This project will benefit the generally very poor residents of the area around Pointe-à-Raquette, Haiti who need medical care for medical emergencies and care beyond that which can be offered at the medical clinic operated by St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. Currently, those residents needing specialized preventative care beyond that which can be offered at the clinic have no choice but to travel across the island on a primitive road by whatever means they can manage in order to get to the island’s hospital. Some patients with medical emergencies should be treated at a hospital on the mainland, but without transportation, do not have access to much needed care. Patients often do not seek needed care because of the transportation hurdle. For instance, last fall a pregnant woman who came to the clinic was referred by the doctors to the mainland because they thought the baby was getting too large. She could not get there because of the travel but did not let the doctors know. When she went into labor, she came to the clinic and the doctors delivered the baby after a very long and difficult labor. The baby suffered a brachial plexus injury (trauma to the shoulder) resulting in a shoulder dystocia and now has no use of the left arm. This situation might have been avoided if the parish had a boat at its disposal for transporting this woman for a low fee to the hospital on the mainland. The boat will provide an economical and much faster way to transport the patients to the nearest hospitals. This should improve the health of those who are suffering from illness or injury because many in this condition forego any treatment because of the transportation barrier and others have delayed treatment because of the time and stress of overland travel. Additionally, the boat will be utilized for regular trips to the mainland for medical supplies and food for the parish school and rectory.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 20
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will be involved the sales transaction involving the boat builder and the church in order to insure that the boat has been delivered before the funds for the purchase are released, particularly, Jim Ridenour, member of the Staunton-Augusta County Club and treasurer of the St. Francis Haiti Outreach Committee. It is anticipated that one or more Rotarians from, both, the Staunton Rotary Club and the Staunton-Augusta County Rotary Club will travel to Pointe-à-Raquette from time to time to help at the mission there and will be in position to inspect the boat and its operation over the coming years.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The publicity will be local newspaper, press release, and ribbon cutting. Arrangements will be made for signage on the boat to reflect the Rotary wheel and wording with the names of the contributing clubs and the district.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: St. Francis Haiti Outreach Committee, Staunton, VA
    St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, Pointe-à-Raquette, Haiti
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Page 1 of Cooperating agency letter.jpg, Page 2 of Cooperating agency letter.jpg, Haiti Outreach Letter.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.$15,000 for the purchase of the boat and motors appropriate for the transportation of patients
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadStaunton Rotary Club $3,000
    Staunton-Augusta Rotary Club $3,000
    District 7570 Grant $6,000
    St. Francis Haiti Outreach $3,000
    Total $15,000
  • Primary Contact Name: Roger Watson
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Chair, District Grant Committee, Staunton Rotary Club
  • Primary Contact Email: rwatson@newsleader.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540-213-9107
  • Financial Contact Name: Wayt Gibbs
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer, Staunton Rotary Club
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 2353
    Staunton, VA 24402-2353
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  • Financial Contact Email: gibbsww5@gmail.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540-292-9234
  • Project Authorization Form: Completed Club and AG Authorization Form.pdf, Email with Staunton-Augusta County Rotary Club authorization.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: Boat Pix 1.jpg, Boat Pix 2.jpg, Boat Pix 3.jpg, Boat Pix 4.jpg, Boat Pix 5.jpg
  • Grant Number1617-E
  • Grant Award$6,000.00