A Buffalo prosthetist by the name of Emily Daham (inset photo – left) is organizing a trip to Port-au-Paix, Haiti, where she plans to make prosthetic limbs for people who have limited access to medical care. Due to the inability to receive proper treatment for ailments, much of the Haitian community is exposed to high risks when it comes to unaddressed ailments. Without access to basic medical treatments, many of the ailments turn into life threatening conditions. Numerous people are left unable to work, or able to live a fulfilled life due to limited mobility.
Working with the organization STAND – The Haiti Project, Daham (also an artist) has already been able to make a difference in the Haitian community. “I was able to participate in this trip last year,” she explained. “It was truly a life-changing experience. Not only for me, but for all the people worked with this wonderful organization and especially the Haitians who received care. The work being done in this clinic is amazing and it is something that all of the Buffalo community can be a part of. STAND (Sustainable Therapy And New Development) believes that freedom from pain and disability is a basic human right, not a privilege.”
Daham has now set another goal for 2016. She intends to head back to Haiti to be a part of this life changing initiative once again. In order to do this, she has started a GoFundMe campaign, where she has set a crowdfunding goal for $3000. “STAND is non-profit organization totally dependent on volunteers and donations” expressed Daham. “Donations will help towards establishing permanent access to orthopedic rehabilitative services in the country of Haiti through direct patient care and clinical training of its citizens. Together we can help a lot of people.”