UPDATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2014: Due to the generosity of a longtime supporter of NOVA Hope for Haiti there is a MATCHING GIFT currently in effect for all donations to the building project. CLICK HERE for details!
It has been a long time coming, but NOVA Hope for Haiti had a groundbreaking ceremony during our 16th Medical mission this past November 2013. Members of the Board of Directors who were volunteering on the mission were present for the ceremony. It was small and modest, but construction began in earnest at the end of November of this year. The photos below show the first phase of the construction process: we are “renovating” an existing two story home to become the clinic. This renovation entails taking down the roof completely, the stairs, and some of the outside walls. Much of the existing structure, however will be incorporated in the renovation.
The building needs a completely new water and septic infrastructure, completely new electrical infrastructure, new roof, new stairs, and will be surrounded by a 10′ covered porch on three sides of the building. NOVA has raised enough money to renovate the structure and begin to provide medical services from this building when complete. However we have not yet raised the additional $71,000.00 need to add an addition on the rear of the house to accommodate a lab, a pharmacy, a records room, and a storage room on the first floor. These will temporarily be housed in two of the four the rooms dedicated to be examining rooms. This is not ideal, but it will allow us to begin to function until we raise the additional money to add the addition.
The future addition will also add an expanded dining area and two additional bedrooms to the second floor. The second floor is being renovated into an apartment to host small volunteer medical missions of up to 8 people to provide specialized care.
As soon as the construction is complete NOVA will start providing medical care for pregnant women and children to the people in and around Cavaillon. NOVA’s Annual Fundraiser in March 2014 will be dedicated to raising the money to furnish the clinic with furniture, supplies, equipment and medicine, and we will begin to raise the money for the expansion to the building.
The Board of Directors and NOVA’s volunteers are very excited that the building project is underway. In 2014 we will see NOVA’s permanent pediatric clinic opening in Cavaillon!
In fact our March 2014 fundraiser will be raising funds for this Pediatric clinic: to pay our staff and to complete the extension on the building! These are exciting times at NOVA and it’s all possible because of the dedication of our volunteers and because of the generosity of our donors.
What will NOVA’s clinic look like when it is completed?