On Jan 5 2012, the first graduation ceremony, since the earthquake, took place at the State University School of Nursing in Port-aux-Prince Haiti. As each graduating student stood up to receive her award, she honored five of her class mates who had lost their lives when the school collapsed. Over 200 students were killed that day and the school completely destroyed. Just a few weeks later, in an act of extraordinary courage and perseverance, the surviving students and staff reopened the school in tents and carried on as best they could. In the weeks and months following the earthquake, Rose Charities was able to assist by organizing counseling for the surviving nurses, sending new textbooks, teaching maniquinns and a container of equipment for the teaching lab. We have continued to provide neo-natal training courses to nurse educators.
The graduation ceremony was a moving tribute that all the students, staff and dignitaries from the Ministry of Health felt honoured to make. The loss of so many young women and health professionals in a country that needs them desperately, was felt by all. Rose Charities was honored to be specifically thanked by Madame Nazaire in her gratitude to all who helped them over the last years. We here at Rose Charities would like to honor the dedication of the staff and students and wish them well in their future.
Thanks to all our supporters for generously donating during this horrific disaster. Rose Charities continues to support the Nursing School during Haiti’s slow rebuilding period.We run neo-natal nursing clinics, providing text books and teaching the nurses and nurse educators best practices for neonatal care. Please donate to help us keep this program going.