In July 2012, through the Grace of Allah SWT, we hosted our first foreign Dental Clinic for the people of Miragoane, Haiti. During their 4 day visit, the dentists were able to attend to more than 400 patients seeking dental care. Mostly extractions were done and medicines were given to the patients. Oral Hygiene packages were distributed to the public and demonstations were given by the dentists on proper care for one’s teeth. Insha Allah we hope to be able to continue providing this service for the Haitian people.
Alhamdulillah, since we hosted our first free medical clinic in March 2012, we have seen the demand and need for continuous medical care in Haiti. With the local clinic that we started, the Haitian people can now access free medical care as well as free medicines. The number of patients are continuously growing.
We also hosted more foreign doctors in June and August 2012, where they attended to more than 1000 patients respectively, during the 5 days that they visited.
We welcome assistance with regards to providing free medicines for the clinic, since supplies are always needed.
Since we came to Haiti , it has always been one of our goals to provide free medical care for the Haitian population.
Alhamdulillah, through Allah’s help and mercy , we hosted 21 volunteer doctors , both Muslims and non-Muslims , from IMANA in the U.S, who came to conduct a free medical clinic by us here in Miragoane. It was a first time visit for some of the doctors to a country with Haiti’s medical situation, so it was a great learning experience for everyone.
The doctors tended to 2265 during 5 days, and they conducted 60 minor surgeries.
They were able to treat many different medical issues and bring some form of relief for the Haitian people.
A large dispensary was also set up, and free medicines were given to treat the necessary health problems.
House visits were also done by the Doctors, to homes in the nearby villages. From the conditions of the homes and where the people had to live, it was realized that the need for medical care is a priority here in Haiti.
As such, it was decided that we will embark on running a weekly clinic here, and we will hire 2 local Haitian doctors to provide their expertise. IMANA will send doctors from abroad every few months to complement and expand the clinic system and to do some medical training as well. This project is now up and running, Alhamdu lillah.
Road access to the madrasah has always been a challenge because we are located on a hill , and when rain falls, it is even a bit hazardous to venture with a vehicle. Construction materials are usually dropped off a great distance away because the trucks are not able to make it up the hill.
Alhamdulillah, through Allah’s help, we have started building a new Musallah area, near to the Madrasah. As this effort is growing, so does the number of people, so it was necessary to get a larger place to carry on our Da’wah activities. We pray that Allah SWT continue to send his Nusrat in this effort for Islam…Ameen
We have established the 5 times daily Salaah in congregation with the Azaan being heard far and wide. Friday khutbahs are given in English and Kreyol. We teach the Muslims about the monthly and yearly Islamic observances, especially by creating the awareness of looking for the new moon every month. We conduct internal and external Taleem ( teaching of the stories of the Prophet S.A ) and we go out to the various homes of the villagers to personally invite them to Islam (Da’wah).
We also distribute meat, rice and beans to the villagers thereby encouraging the practice of giving in charity.
Establishing a daily Madrasah – Darul Uloom Haiti
On Wednesday the 15th of September 2010 (6th Shawwal 1431 A.H), through the Mercy of Allah (S.W.T), Darul Uloom Haiti was opened. It is the first Islamic Madrasah in the country. The students are taught Qur’an reading, memorization of the Qur’an (Hifz), Fiqh, Arabic Language and Ahaadith.
It is our hope that we can prepare the students to reach such a level that they can go back to their various Masjids in their villages and teach the people the correct way of Islam. We are also preparing them to be able to continue onward and study the ‘Aalim course abroad.
Completing a kitchen and hostel area for the Madrasah
After having a few temporary places for the kitchen, Alhamdulillah, we were finally able to build a proper one in February 2011. The inside is tiled out to keep it clean and sanitary. We also have troughs outside for kitchen gardens.
Before the hostel was built, the students used to stay in individual tents provided by the Madrasah. Alhamdulillah, we were able to finish one building in March 2011. However, the hostel is most often used for guests and hosting of other programs, since our facilities are a bit limited.
We would like to get the other building next to the hostel completed so that it can be of use and benefit.
Building a Masjid in Chalon, Miragoane (project ongoing at present)
Alhamdulilah, we were finally able to purchase the land where the Masjid will be built (by the Madrasah ) in Miragoane, and the sod turning was done on Wednesday the 23rd of March 2011 (17th Rabii – ul – Aakhir 1432 A.H.). The location is at the top of a hill, overlooking the entire village, so the view, especially the sunrise and sunset, is very beautiful. All the students got a chance to help turn the soil.
We have only been able to start the wall for the perimeter so far. Because we are on a hill, trucks can only drop off the materials that we order (rocks, gravel, sand etc) at the bottom of the hill, and then we have to bring it up to the site.
We hope to collect enough funds to be able to complete the Masjid soon, Insha Allah.
Hosting a 3 day gathering on the last weekend of every month for the Muslims throughout Haiti, educating them about Islam.
Every month, we send out a group of our students to visit different parts of Haiti, to conduct Islamic programs and to invite the Muslims to a 3 days gathering by us, which is held in the last weekend of each month. During these 3 days, we teach everyone about the proper ways of Islam , so that they can get a better understanding , and then they can go back out to their villages, and help spread the truth about Islam.
The people of Chalon used to walk down to a river and dip out water with a bowl and fill their buckets. In March 2010, work started on a well to supply water to the villagers. A hand pump was installed and the well is so popular today that people from other villages walk from far to fetch water.
After successfully supervising and spearheading one of the only functioning wells in Miragoane, The R.E.A.D Foundation has embarked on a drive to partner with other organizations, to provide water wells throughout Haiti , Insha Allah.
There is a great need for water in Haiti, and more so, for CLEAN water. Through these projects, we will install hand-pumps and have water treatments for the wells.
Digging these wells is a very long and difficult process here in Haiti, since there is a lack of suitable equipment and sometimes because of the difficulty in the location of the well. You have to dig out huge boulders from beneath the ground, and sometimes, after 45 feet, you still don’t reach water.
Insha Allah, we hope to source the proper equipment and tools to be able to fully accomplish the establisment of these wells.
We’re digging a second well by the Madrasah at present.
One of the wells in Miragoane (built by Muslims), where villagers come from miles to get clean water.
This polluted stream was the only source of water for the people of Miragoane before well was built.
The R.E.A.D Foundation is fortunate to be located in a very picturesque and tranquil environment.
A visit by us usually provides the opportunity for individuals to connect back with their Creator and to appreciate His creation more. We also have Islamic lectures and discussions that usually help open up everyone’s mind about their role as Muslims today.
In March 2011, we hosted a one week Youth Program for students from HHRD’s program entitled Muslims for Haiti . Alhamdulillah, their visit was enjoyed by all. They did some work on one of the buildings and organized a clean-up of the compound on another day. We held an interactive discussion about Islam which had a great impact on all.
In June 2011, we hosted some other students from Muslims Without Borders (MWB). They came and assisted in casing a well and planting some trees around the compound.
We hope to have another Youth Camp in December 2011, Insha Allah.
Haiti is a land rich in natural soil, but still under-developed . We have started our own agriculture system , where we also use seeds from Trinidad , to facilitate food for the Madrasah. We also introduced a few new crops, so we are hoping that once it flourishes,Insha Allah, it can spread to other parts of Haiti.
We also have a smaller project in fish rearing. We are digging a pond to rear red tilapia, and Insha Allah, once it is workable, we will expand it.
All these projects in agriculture are also used to teach our students about living and surviving off the land. Allah S.W.T has placed the right ingredients in the soil, and he sends the sun and the rain, so even if someone cannot afford to buy food, they can grow their own.