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Live from Haiti: Update From Father Rick Frechette


Father Rick Frechette in Haiti before Earthquake

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From Father Rick Frechette in Haiti

Hello Friends

After driving by night to Kennedy Airport January 12, and flying to Dominican Republic January 13, Conan and I arrived to Haiti this morning in the helicopter of the President of the Dominican Republic. This ride was due to the reputation of NPH in the Dominican Republic, an NPH Italy, a reputation enhanced in the DR by Andrea Bocelli not long ago.

Our first tasks were the medical evacuation of one of our American volunteers, the medical evacuation of one of our Cuban doctors, the evacuation of the body if one of our American visitors,

The search still continues in the ruble for another missing American volunteer.

We also had 18 funerals today.

One for John who works at our St Luke program. We miss John very much. He often stopped to at my door to tell me the milestone of his developing baby, which delighted him no end. John ran our computerized language lab. Another was for Johanne’s mother. Joanne is one of the directors of the St Luke program. All the others were of unknown people who were sadly rotting by the wayside.

Other sadnesses,
The death of Immacula, our only physician assistant, who worked at our huge outpatient side of our hospital. The death of ALL but one of Joseph Ferdinands brothers and sisters, the death of the husband of Jacqueline Gautier as he was visiting a school which fell and all the students (all died), the death of our ex-pequeno Wilfrid Altisme who was in his 5th year of seminary for priesthood. Other stories of deaths of people who are dear to us keep coming in.

We spent the rest of the time managing the countless people with serious and severe wounds, coming to our hospital. We are doing our best for them, under trees and in the parking lot with ever diminishing supplies. We will work throughout the night and beyond. No stores are open, no banks are open. Diesel is running out. Will be out in two days if we don’t find a solution, which will mean no power at all. The hospital is without water since there is some broken line between the well and the water tower.

Structural damages to the hospital seem superficial at first glance, but about half the outer perimeter walls have fallen. The old hospital in Petionville is in ruins, And teams of workers, led by Ferel, and been digging for Molly non stop around the clock.

WE HAVE NO INTERNET. OUR PHONES DO NOT WORK. IF A CALL DOES GET THROUGH WE CAN’T HEAR OR BE HEARD. Robin has internet access through a satellite. I asked her to send this message for me, and to ready my emails and answer them as best she can for now.

Please continue to pray for us. We pray for you too.

Fr Rick Frechette


The people of Haiti have been devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that has just hit 10 miles west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Details are still emerging but with Haiti’s delicate infrastructure, already the destruction is immense in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Father Rick Frechette, head of APJ for Haiti, who has single handedly built a children’s hospital, 18 street schools and numerous street clinics, and provides clean drinking water and food daily to the inhabitants of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, has reported that his hospital in Petionville at the epicenter of the quake has collapsed. Additionally, the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, the Francisville Trade School, and Kay Saint Germaine Rehabilitation Center have all been horribly damaged.

Homes lie destroyed, people are stranded away from their family, and many affected Haitians are in desperate need of medical attention. Your donation will go directly to Father Rick for rescue efforts for emergency medical aid, water and food, and other crucial relief efforts.

PLEASE Make a difference by donating as much as you can today to help save lives. Click the General Donation button on this page or contact Barbara Burchfield for further assistance babs@artistsforpeaceandjustice.com

Thank you for your support.



Father Rick Frechette is currently the Director of Medical Services of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International and a priest who has devoted his life to the medical needs of children in the Caribbean and around the world. He is NPH’s Regional Director of the Caribbean, the Haiti home’s National Director and a member of the NPH International Health Services Team, which oversees the medical needs of the children in nine countries.

To make a difference, Frechette went to medical school to learn how to minister to the children’s physical needs, which resulted in his medical degree in 1998 from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and his becoming a general practitioner licensed in New York and Florida. “The poor people have scant access to medical care. Even if they are lucky enough to get evaluated at a clinic, both scarcity of medicines and their relatively high prices prevent their getting treatment. Our own working conditions, especially in the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince, are tragic and are deplorable. We have little water, no electricity, few medicines and supplies,” says the doctor-priest.

Frechette’s duties include overseeing St. Damien’s, NPH’s 250-bed hospital, which provides long-term care to critically ill children and outpatient services to over 30,000 children and adults each year; assuring the healthcare for more than 450 children at St. Hélène, the NPH orphanage; and spending five mornings a week working alongside the Sisters of Mother Teresa in their centers for the destitute sick and dying.


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  • January 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    i am so sorry to hear that,just as the earthquake of 2008 wenchuan in china.
    as a chinese,i am so thank you for the international help,i want to all the people ,all the country help haiti,and thanks so much,best wish for them
    frechette ,you are so great,i love you.

  • January 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    We are praying for you…our hospital org. has donated to the Haiti earthquake. I cried reading your account. God Bless you Rick.

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