It has been a privilege to volunteer with Global DIRT. This is my fourth trip to Haiti and my third time being part of Global DIRT. This organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.
After the earthquake, I had an immense desire to go help. I was worried, though, because my specialty is neonatal nursing. At the time I had been working in the NICU for 7 years. I ended up going 5 weeks after the earthquake with a team comprised of nurses, paramedics, and two doctors who gave me the confidence to practice out of my specialty. Since that trip, Haiti has been in my heart and the overwhelming desire to return was too much to ignore.
Once again, my volunteer experience with Global DIRT was excellent. I and another nurse from Canada joined a team from Minnesota comprised of 6 nurses and 2 ARNP’s. Together with the expertise of Sarah and Aaron we ran clinics at 5 different places and saw 1000-1100 people.
Global DIRT stands out from the other NGOs because you truly get to experience Haiti. They have an ongoing relationship with the communities we served. For example, I got to go to the same orphanage I went to last year. This shows how they continue to follow places even when teams leave. They are also making Haiti a safer place by working with the Ministry of Health to provide an EMS system. It is a daunting task, but it has not stopped them from continuing.
I hope to volunteer with them again. Not only to provide medical care but also to help educate the men and women becoming EMTs.
This is an excellent organization to volunteer with. If you are unable to go yourself, know that the money given to them will provide disaster relief wherever it is needed most.