PRESS RELEASE: Community Health Initiative, Haiti Hosts Event in Iowa City to Commemorate 10 Years of Service in Haiti
Community Health Initiative, Haiti (CHI Haiti) announced that it will celebrate “10 years of CHI Haiti” on September 17, 2022 at 5pm with an in-person gala event called CHI 360. The event will be held at the Graduate Hotel's elegant Wayne Ballroom in downtown Iowa City for an evening of reflection, reunion, and reconnection. Additionally, the gala will feature guest emcee, Iowa Public Radio host Charity Nebbe, music by Jim Dreier & band, Ritmo-Carib, a fabulous Haitian meal, special guest speakers, and a live and online auction.
Other festivities happening in Iowa with the nonprofit include a Documentary Film Screening + Q&A Panel Discussion event on September 17, 2022 at 1pm. For this collaboration in partnership with local theater FilmScene, CHI Haiti will show the new documentary How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti. Notable attendees on the Q&A panel discussion include one of CHI Haiti’s co-founders, Dr. Chris Buresh, CHI Board Chair, Dimy Doresca, and potentially the director of the film as well.
The CHI 360 gala is $100 per ticket, or $1000 for a table which includes 8 seats and special recognition at the event. The film screening is donation based on a Pay-What-You-Want sliding scale from $0.01-$1000 with a suggested donation of $10. Anyone is welcome to attend the gala or movie screening to learn more about CHI Haiti, support our continued work in Haiti, and celebrate this milestone.
CHI Haiti’s work includes an innovative model of providing medical care in rural areas of Haiti where clinics, which included both American volunteers and Haitian providers, are now completely Haitian-led. 2022 marks the 3rd year in which CHI Haiti has been unable to bring American teams to Haiti due to COVID and civil unrest in the country. Throughout the pandemic, CHI’s clinics have also been flexible where the CHI Haitian clinic team will either hold clinics at a set location or adapt to the mobile clinic model where Haitian doctors and medical providers visit the homes of patients. Their goal is to raise $60,000 at the event and use the funds to maintain current operations while supporting our transition to full Haitian-led clinics (HLCs) and programs. CHI Haiti anticipates holding at least four HLCs with support from the community. Each clinic costs at least $10,000, and expenses continue to rise as conditions on the ground become more and more unstable. The support of donors continues to allow CHI the ability to provide free medical care to those without access to essential medical care and medication in rural Haiti.
About Community Health Initiative, Haiti
Community Health Initiative, Haiti (CHI Haiti) works with local Haitian medical providers to reach the primary and public healthcare needs of our Haitian patients. CHI also collaborates with U.S. volunteers and our Haitian staff to combat malnutrition, provide clean water, promote safe environments, and deliver healthcare for the members of our partner communities in the Arcahaie area of Haiti.
For more information, visit www.chihaiti.org.
Our CHI 360 auction is open for you to peruse and share! Bidding will start September 10 @ 10AM, and remain open for one week.
So be sure to click HERE to get registered so you're all set to start bidding soon! Keep checking back on the auction site for more items as we get closer to the event!
EXCITING NEWS – CHI Is hosting a Documentary Film Screening + Q&A before our 360 Gala!
Don't miss a very special screening of the new documentary, How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti, with our partners at FilmScene. Saturday, September 17, at 1pm, to be followed by an engaging panel discussion.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Development, history, and colonialism collide when a seemingly simple aid project spirals out of control in Haiti. Headstrong American Tim Myers clashes with Haitian leader Anselme Saimplice, forcing a reckoning on privilege and power.
Grab your ticket for the screening & Q+A HERE !
Please spread the word with your friends and family, we can't wait to see you there!
Every quarter CHI provides a report to give updates on our programs and what's soon to come. Within the report there are clickable links to help give you more information on certain programs or events mentioned in the report. You can check out and download our 2022 Q2 report HERE.
If you missed our last webinar after the 2022 Summer Haitian Led Clinic (HLC), you can catch the replay above! We hope you'll join us for the next one and stay tuned for our next Virtual Clinic to get exclusive content and stories at the next HLC this coming fall.
We have some great Blog posts here on the CHI Blog Roll! Below are 10 blogs you should definitely check out if you haven't seen them, which includes some amazing spotlight blogs about our Haitian staff!
1.) 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY INTERVIEW W/ CO-FOUNDER DR. CHRIS – LINK
2.) 2021 REFLECTIONS W/ RIGAN & DR. DAPHENE – LINK
3.) BLISSFUL BLOSSOMS CHOOSES TO DONATE 50% OF SALES TO CHI HAITI – LINK
4.) RECAP – 2022 SPRING HAITIAN LED CLINIC WEBINAR – LINK
5.) CHI'S RESPONSE TO THE 8/14/22 EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI – LINK
6.) TIME TO STEP UP – LINK
7.) CHI 2022 QUARTER 1 REPORT – LINK
8.) MEET ABELARD –CHI CLINIC TEAM – LINK
9.) MEET HOSTIN –CHI CLINIC'S PHARMACEUTICAL TEAM – LINK
10.) COVID-19 CRISIS IN HAITI – LINK
Talking about Arcahaie these are the certain particularity we are :
1. It's in Arcahie the Haitian flag 🇭🇹 was sown by a certain courageous woman who called Catherine Flon. Arcahaie is called "the city of flag"
2. Culturally in Arcahaie we have the best plantation of plantains ,bananas (figue bananes), and eggplants, etc.
3. In Arcahaie, we have one the most beautiful park and public market.
4. In Arcahaie we have the most beautiful beach ⛱ mostly in montrouis (cotes des aracadins)
5. We have the most beautiful mountains ⛰
6. Very nice landscaping (green flowers 💐 and plants 🪴)
7. We have particularity of the way the way the people live together ( which we can call hospitality)
8. Traditionally , we have voodoo practice : we celebrate every nov 1st to nov the 2nd what is call "Guede" or loas that's where the people go to the cemetery in order to venerate the death.
9. Traditionally we have rara where the band goes around towns playing music, and you would see a lot people having fun 😀 li kie rara
10. The last thing I can say is that in Arcahie we have one of the famous catholic church where the politicians and presidents usually comes to celebrate our Haitian flag 🇭🇹 or freedom as a nation and that's when the president would deliver his speech every year!!
– Wisly Dange, CHI Haiti Operations Director
If you missed our last webinar after the 2022 Spring Haitian Led Clinic (HLC), you can catch the replay above! We hope you'll join us for the next one and stay tuned for our next Virtual Clinic to get exclusive content and stories at the next HLC.
Every quarter CHI provides a report to give updates on our programs and what's soon to come. Within the report there are clickable links to help give you more information on certain programs or events mentioned in the report. You can check out and download our 2022 Q1 report HERE.
CHI was able to interview one of our Co-Founders, Dr. Chris Buresh, about his reflections and hopes for the future of CHI. Check out the interview with him below!
CHI is celebrating its 10 year anniversary all year long leading up to our CHI360 gala event on Sept. 17th in Iowa City, IA at The Graduate Hotel!
Join us! Grab your ticketsHERE