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The Haiti Family Initiative, a Delaware organization began after the 2010 Haitian earthquake to help homeless women and children of Jacmel, is looking for volunteers to run the third annual Summer Wellness Camp in Jacmel, Haiti. We are in need of volunteers for the medical, psychosocial and recreational elements of the program this summer. Doctors, nurses, teachers, mental health workers, sports enthusiasts, camp counselors, and families with teenagers are welcome.

Programs for children will include sports, arts and crafts, music and drama, dance therapy, Introduction to English and French language and personal hygiene training. Programs for women will include sustainable employment skills, hygiene training, sewing, and grief therapy. A medical clinic will be located at the same site, in order to address the needs of the children and their mothers. The program will run from July 7th to August 11, 2012.

Almost 150 volunteers, primarily from Delaware, have participated in the camp in Haiti for the last two summers, which was attended by 150 children and mothers daily. Many of the women and children served were homeless and orphaned. They were given water, a nutritious lunch, recreation, games and happiness. The Haiti Family Initiative’s medical teams helped hundreds of patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, skin diseases, anxiety, women’s health issues, malnutrition and other ailments.

The general feeling is that the crisis in Haiti is over, due to people’s perception that the situation is not as dire as before. However, over one-half million people are still homeless or stranded in camps, jobs are scarce, and relief efforts are uncoordinated in Haiti.

For more information please visit our website www.haitifamilyinitiative.org or contact Lynn Shapira 302.563-2296, l.shapira@haitifamilyinitiative.org or Carole Downs @ 302.540-1842 carole.downs@comcast.net.

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