The vision of the Rescue Center began in 1999. We began with our first child, a severely burned 6 year old, that would have had to walk 6 hours each way to get dressing changes. We took her into our care to do daily dressing changes. Two weeks later, we took another burn, and after two more weeks we had four children that were living with us. After a few months, we began to take in malnourished children as well. We continued taking in children and keeping them for a few months until they were “back on their feet.” We usually cared for 8 to 10 children in our home. It was a two hour (one way) drive for us to the area of Cazale and clinic was held for three days a week. In May 2002, we move to Cazale full time and started the Rescue Center then, beginning with 10 children and 12 staff members. It has now grown to an average of 70-80 children and a staff of 50 ladies.
The Real Hope For Haiti Rescue Center is presently an extension of the clinic. The Rescue Center is a facility provided primarily for young children who are treated in the clinic and diagnosed as having severe malnutrition with complications. After the clinic nurses treat the patient and educate the parents/guardians on malnutrition, a decision is made with the parents/guardians of the malnourished child as to whether to admit them to the RC, which is an extended care, inpatient facility. The RC is a place where these severely malnourished children receive 24 hour medical care and a regimented diet until they are a proper weight and healthy enough to return home. Before the child is discharged into the care of a parent/ guardian, they receive nutrition education in an attempt to prevent the child from further problems with malnutrition and to help the parents better care for their other children also. Most toddlers stay from 4-6 months (babies stay 18 months). The director of the RC is Licia Betor and she manages the Rescue Center’s operations, documents each child’s progress, and hires and manages a staff of 50 workers that provide 24 hour care. It is the desire of RHFH to expand the capabilities of the Rescue Center by building a larger facility to provide a better quality of care to the children. In addition, the RC would like to provide continuing education for its employees to better equip them to serve the children. Again, this service to the community is for the purpose of demonstrating God’s love to the weakest members of society and affording us the opportunity to share the Christian faith with them.