CANADIAN FRIENDS OF HÔPITAL ALBERT SCHWEITZER – HAITI
Our mission is to collaborate with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer – Haiti to improve the health care and quality of life for the people of the Artibonite valley.
Better known as “Canadian Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer” or simply CFHAS, we are a Registered Canadian Charity that operates to raise money to help the Hospital.
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer’s (HAS) focus is to:
Provide medical, health and support services for the general public at the hospital and community health care centres.
Develop and promote public health in Haiti by educating and instructing the public on prevention of, and curative measures for, health problems and by researching and documenting changes in the health of the community.
To improve skills in health care, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, water management, small industry and business management in Haiti and to assist in the preservation of the environment in Haiti.
To relieve poverty in Haiti by providing basic supplies to persons in need.
The primary goal of CFHAS is to provide funds to HAS to assist in meeting the maternal and child health care needs at the hospital and surrounding areas.
The development of CFHAS can be traced back to several individuals from the Southern Ontario region who lived and worked at HAS in the 80’s and 90’s. They recognized the benefits that would derive from recruiting and organizing volunteers to come and work at the hospital. The number and frequency of these work teams grew over the years creating a network of participants. In 2003 this volunteer group of supporters formalized their commitment by becoming a registered charity and the Canadian Friends of HAS was formed.
Since its inception, CFHAS has raised over $750,000 for the hospital and continues to organize visiting work teams. CFHAS also engages in raising awareness of HAS through regular fundraising events, public appearances and social media.
CFHAS is very proud to continue as we began – an all volunteer organization, with no salaries or expensive overheads which would diminish the money we provide to the hospital.