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February 3 - 9, 2020

The Bethesda Medical and Dental Clinic was established by Healthcare in Haiti Inc. in 1963 in Vaudreuil - a town roughly 7km west of Cap Haïtien in northern Haiti. For almost 60 years, they have provided the local population with both in-patient and out-patient medical and dental services. While the clinic serves 100-150 patients each day, Bethesda's medical facilities have been operating on leased land. With the purchase of their own land, they will be able to construct updated, more suitable facilities. It is EMI's privilege to be engaged with Healthcare in Haiti Inc. in the design process for a brand new Bethesda Medical and Dental Clinic, alongside their international partner, Mercy, Inc.

Project Scope

Mercy, Inc.'s mission is to share the good news of Jesus along with acts of compassion, transforming whole communities in a lasting, sustainable way. They currently operate in various parts of Latin America, Africa, and South Asia in evangelism, church planting, disciple-making, and Bible training. These are complemented by well-drilling, literacy programs, disaster relief, helping to establish agricultural businesses, and in Haiti, in partnership with Healthcare in Haiti, Inc, provide the full-service Bethesda Medical and Dental Clinic.

Bethesda Medical and Dental Clinic exists to evangelize and disciple through medical outreach, providing quality affordable health care to patients. You can visit their website, through the link below, to read stories of transformation as a result of this ministry.

This engagement of EMI by Healthcare in Haiti Inc. and its partners is strategic as the ministries recognize and value EMI's experience in guiding the challenging design process for such projects. However, due to the time constraint of returning the leased land in 2021, the ministry has already begun to form a design team to begin the site and project planning process. Therefore, this will be an atypical engagement for EMI as both the EMI leader as well as the volunteers recruited here will complement this existing design team to provide process and experience in key areas. For this reason, volunteers considering this project must have prior EMI (or similar) project experience and be prepared to take on a lead role in their area of expertise. This is an abbreviated volunteer engagement of only 4-6 days in-country.

Please consider joining us and using your skills to serve this great ministry and the people of Haiti.

— Gregory Young, EMI Canada trip leader

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