Dr. Dan Ivankovich & Haitian Congress Support Group For Earthquake Patients in Chicago

Posted May 2, 2010 by haitiancongress
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Stephanie Perpignan,  Ruth Ayukesong (DHS), Dr. Ivankovich, Ketlie Acacia (DHS), and Viola D’Haiti inside Kingston Mines blues club

On the evening of Tuesday, March 09 Chicago blues veteran Dan Ivanchovich brought out the guitars at the Kingston Mines blues club, where the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)-Chicago Chapter presented its annual Social Work Leaders awards. This year’s award ceremony also doubled as a fundraiser for victims of Haiti’s January 12th earthquake.

The Croatian born member of Chicago Blues All Stars also serves as an orthopedic trauma surgeon, spine specialist, and humanitarian, who brought his medical services to the aid of the Haitian people in the days following Haiti’s devastating January 12 earthquake. Dr. Ivankovich secured humanitarian visas for two critically injured patients from Haiti to come to the United States for medical treatment. Both patients have undergone surgery and are under the care of Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Violette, 52, has sustained spinal cord injury and has not been able to walk since January 12. Suy, a 28 year old computer science major at Port-au-Prince’s Université des Sciences Informatiques, was on the fourth floor of a school facility that fateful afternoon. He too sustained severe spinal cord injury and was unable to walk upon arriving in Chicago. Since beginning treatment, Suy has regained his ability to walk with the help of crutches and walkers. Dr. Ivankovich was awarded Public Citizen of the Year for his efforts.

Haitian Congress board members Ketlie Acacia and Lynne Toussaint have set up a support group to help Violette and Suy cope with their transition and stay here in Chicago. Along with the help of other supporters such as Colette Ascar of Haiti SOS Haiti and fellow Haitian Congress board member Immacula Dieudonné, this team has have provided translation, clothing, prayer, and moral support through their near daily contact with the two patients. The team also helps Violette and Suy keep in touch with family located in Boston and Haiti. While on an assessment mission to Haiti in February, Chairman Lionel Jean-Baptiste had the opportunity to visit with Suy’s family, assuring them that they were in good hands. Proceeds from the event will go in part to support the ongoing care of these Violette, Suy, and their families in Haiti. For more information on Dr. Ivankovich and his work, visit his Bone Squad web site.

Chicago Blues All Stars in action at Kingston Mines


The Daily Northwestern – Local Haitians support distant relatives

Posted February 25, 2010 by haitiancongress
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The Daily Northwestern – Local Haitians support distant relatives
By Brittney Wong

Published: Friday, February 19, 2010

After the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, Judith Francois didn’t know if her brother or her grandmother were alive for five days. “It was devastating,” the Rogers Park resident said. “Everyone was just scared.” A relative eventually told Francois her family was safe. They were physically fine, but after her brother’s school collapsed, they slept outside to avoid getting trapped during an aftershock. Fortunately, Francois, 24, had family here for emotional support. Her parents own Sweet Nick’s Caribbean, 741 Howard St., a small Haitian eatery filled with the faint odor of fried pastries and black bean rice. She and her family members are part of the estimated 5,000 Haitians who live on the North Side, a population that started receiving national attention due to their fundraising efforts after the disaster. CLICK TO READ MORE.

Native of Haiti Reflects on Medical Mission to his Homeland

Posted February 24, 2010 by haitiancongress
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Article on Haitian Congress Board Member, Dr. Joel Augustin’s experience in a recent medical mission to Haiti.

Native of Haiti Reflects on Medical Mission to his Homeland
February 23, 2010 by Kim Waterman

Dr. Joel AugustinDr. Joel Augustin, a family practice physician at Rush University Medical Center, traveled back to his native country of Haiti on January 29th as a member of a medical relief team organized by the International Medical Corps. Here are his reflections on his two-week trip.

I was born in Haiti, and the last time I went to my country of birth was in 2001. I was eager, and anxious to go to Haiti with the team of seven health providers (three ER physicians, one family physician and three nurses from Rush and Northwestern) after the earthquake. CLICK TO READ MORE.

Haitian Congress Sends $1 Million in Medicine to General Hospital in Port-au-Prince (L’Hôpital General)

Posted February 23, 2010 by haitiancongress
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February 11, 2010
Through a partnership with
International Relief Teams the Haitian Congress was able to send $1 million worth of medications to the General Hospital of Port-au-Prince.

On  February 11, 2010 the medicines were received by Rotarian Dr. Claude Surena, who has been appointed by President René Preval to co-ordinate the government’s emergency response. The medicines were then made available to the General Hospital (L’Hôpital General) in Port-au-Prince where our partners at the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad are currently working.

The Haitian Congress would like to thank both organizations and Dr. Surena for their wonderful work and partnership!

Dr. Joel Augustin explains Haiti’s debt crisis

Posted February 23, 2010 by haitiancongress
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January 27, 2010
Board member Dr. Joel Augustin of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti speaks at Parkes Hall during a celebration of Haitian culture organized by GlobeMed at Northwestern.

Haiti aftermath hits close to home

Posted February 23, 2010 by haitiancongress
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January 21, 2010
Haitian native Yves-Louise is still searching for missing loved ones. She copes with the anxiety by volunteering at the Evanston-based Haitian Congress.

Haitian Relief through Evanston’s Haitian Congress

Posted February 23, 2010 by haitiancongress
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January 21, 2010
Haitian Congress volunteer Yves-Louise at Evanston’s  shares her thoughts on the disaster, and what she’s doing to help.

Evanston Haitian Organization Strives to Make Haiti Better – Evanston Round Table

Posted February 23, 2010 by haitiancongress
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Evanston RoundTable Masthead

Senator Durbin tours the “Congress” offices with Alderman Jean-Baptiste.

2/16/2010 12:06:00 PM
Evanston Haitian Organization Strives to Make Haiti Better
By Shawn Jones

Second Ward Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste is a part of what he calls the Haitian Diaspora: He is one of approximately 3 million Haitian citizens who left the country and resettled in the United States or elsewhere primarily during the 1950s and thereafter. In 2005, Mr. Jean-Baptiste and several other area Haitian-Americans decided to try to marshal the resources, talent and experience of the Diaspora to try and make Haiti a better place. In 2006, the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti (called the “Congress” by its members), now located on Dodge Avenue, was officially born.

The primary focus of the Congress changed dramatically on Jan. 12, when a massive earthquake struck Haiti. CLICK TO READ MORE.

Worldview 2/18/2010

Posted February 22, 2010 by haitiancongress
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February 18, 2010.
On Feb. 6, 2010, Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti Chairman Lionel Jean-Baptiste traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with fellow National Haitian American Elected OfficialsNetwork (NHAEON) member, Massachusetts State Representative, Marie  St. Fleur. They met with the Haitian government, USAID and numerous non governmental organizations (NGOs) in an effort to asses the nation’s material and political needs.  Lionel returns to Worldview to shares his evaluation.

Topics covered include the response of the Haitian government,  the distribution of aid resources,  the invisibility of the Haitian media in international coverage, the role of the Haitian diaspora in recovery, and more.

Official link to Worldview 2/18/2010

Related Links:
http://haitiseisme2010.gouv.ht/ – Official Haitian Gov. bulletins, statistics etc.
National Haitian American Elected OfficialsNetwork (NHAEON)
Marie St. Fleur
http://www.standwithhaiti.org/ – Partners in Health

Worldview 1/19/2010

Posted February 22, 2010 by haitiancongress
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January 19, 2010.

Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, Chairman Lionel Jean-Baptiste speaks on Worldview (91.5 FM, WBEZ Chicago) about Haiti, its history, its future and local responses to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the week that followed.  He is joined by our friend Melinda St. Louis, deputy director of Jubiliee USA Network who tells us about the IMF’s recent offer to aid the earthquake relief efforts.

Topics include Haiti’s history of freedom, struggle, debt, its relationship with the United States, the recent earthquake, and how to help.

Official link to Worldview 1/19/2010

Related Links:
Pat Robertsons comments on Haiti earthquake