Volunteer and Surgery Schedule
Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Hôpital Sacré Coeur! Below, you will find some resources for volunteers.
Volunteer Application (For First Time HSC Volunteers ONLY)
CMMB Form (Volunteer Registration Form)
|Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CRUDEM’s Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti. We are looking forward to working with you!
The purpose of this Helpful Hints booklet is to give you a comprehensive overview of the preparations needed in advance of your trip and what to expect on your visit.
We would like to ensure that you have a very positive and rewarding experience. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
As you know, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with approximately 80% of the population living in dire poverty. Hôpital Sacré Coeur has been a beacon of hope for the people of Northern Haiti for 25 years. The hospital currently serves ap-proximately 50,000 patients onsite annually and reaches 150,000 with vaccinations, prenatal care and other community health services.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12th 2010, HSC expanded to care for +1,000 earthquake victims (500 critically injured and their families).
This incredible work would not be possible without our wonderful and faithful donors, our skilled Haitian staff and the support of the many volunteers that come every year. In recent years, not only do the visiting medical teams perform surgeries and treat patients themselves but they also spend a lot of their time teaching and mentoring the Haitian staff. It truly is a collaborative effort and a learning experience for all involved.
My advice to you as you embark on this adventure is to go with an open mind and heart. Enjoy the friendly welcome of the Haitian people. It is important to spend time observing and absorbing the surroundings when one approaches a new country and culture. In the face of trying and desperate circumstances, the patience and resilience of the Haitian people is remarkable. Be patient and adaptable, things may not run as smoothly as you are used to! And very importantly, become an ambassador for Haiti when you return home.
On behalf of the board and staff of the CRUDEM Foundation, Hôpital Sacré Coeur, and most importantly, the people of Northern Haiti, we thank you for your time, talent and commitment in helping us to improve one life at a time.
Read more in our Helpful Hints PDF (updated November 2012) for first time volunteers.