“One Great Hour of Sharing” (OGHS) is an international offering in which PCPC participates every year. The goal? Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Poor. This year PCPC is dedicating its OGHS Offering to the Nutrition Program in Mombin Crochu, Haiti. Though it’s called “One Great HOUR…” the offering runs much longer than that! We’ll be collecting in church and online March 16th-April 5th.
The Nutrition Program of Mombin Crochu, Haiti was formed by Village Partners International, in partnership with Mombin Crochu Hospital, in 2018 to address the fact that, within one year, 26 children in the surrounding area had died from severe malnutrition. In Haiti, 1/5 children are malnourished; 1/10 are acutely malnourished, and 1/14 will die before reaching 5 years of age. For those children who suffer severe malnutrition in the 1st 2 years of life, irreversible permanent physical and mental disabilities occur, and with the suppression of the immune system, these children are much more susceptible to disease and death.
A pilot program was implemented, consisting of Assessment, Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Community Based Therapy, and Family Education. During the first year, 14,887 children were assessed for malnutrition, 49 babies were treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition, and 83 children were treated for Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
The results showed that 92% of the children improved, with those not improving having underlying disease such as HIV. Many of the children would not have survived without treatment from the Nutrition Program.
The importance of the Nutrition Program to the community is critical. With God’s grace, it will continue.
We cannot save the world, this is true.
But if we can touch one person, then another, then another…
our job is perhaps complete, and God’s grace and light will fill the darkness.
Donations to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering can be made in the offering plates on Sundays, by mailing or dropping off a check to the church office and put “One Great Hour of Sharing in the memo,” or online at palmaceia.org/giving.
The dollars raised will impact the infants and children not only in an acute, life-saving way, but also for their future.
With your help, children who would have no chance for life will be given hope, and healing.
With your help, a future once so dim will be given a bright star.
With your help, each child touched has a possibility for a tomorrow, with the door only beginning to open.
What is the worth of the life of one child……….
“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”