Olive Tree shoots medical nonprofit, For Hope International.
1531 miles (2463 km) from our home in NYC, Olive Tree Pictures traveled with a team of pioneering doctors, dentists, nurses, and non-medical volunteers, to Port-a-Prince, Haiti and neighboring city Carrefour to film For Hope International, started by a team of Columbia Medical Students, with a vision to see sustained improvement in the medical care of the people of Haiti.
Haiti is a country that is rising from the tragedy of the earthquake in 2010, a deadly cholera outbreak also in 2010, and a constant barrage of hurricanes. The country has been the recipient of aid for several and relied heavily on it, but as many Haitians now admit, including many that we met, it is time for the country to stand on its own. For Hope International (FHI), unlike most medical organizations does not simply provide treatment. It is focused on educating and building sustainable medical practices that can greatly improve the lives of Haitians. Working with local doctors, churches, and medical and dental students, FHI is empowering Haitians to help themselves. They are working with John, a Haitian who formerly taught mathematics in the United States. John and his church have acquired a former school building that was heavily damaged and abandoned following the 2010 earthquake. The hospital is slowly coming into commission with the FHI using several of the now completed rooms to examine and treat patients. John estimates that it would cost $100,000 to operate the hospital facility plus the salaries required to pay the medical staff.
Partnering with John and local Haitian doctors, FHI is planting good seed that we believe will continue to bear fruit for the Haitian people for generations.
We will be returning to Haiti in the next 2 years to finish our documentary and show the progress that John and FHI are making. Please consider donating and supporting us in this endeavor.