We have some great news to share. Transportation South, Inc., a bus dealer in Alabama, has graciously donated a refurbished school bus to HAS. Now we need your help to get this bus to Haiti!
Our last bus broke down three years ago. This was a huge loss to HAS. We made over 400 trips to Port-au-Prince on the bus, transporting patients with traumatic wounds, staff members, and life-saving supplies. It was especially valuable during emergencies. After the 2010 earthquake we transported large quantities of medical supplies and oxygen from Port-au-Prince to HAS on the bus.
Without access to a bus, we have had to use SUVs exclusively – which has made our overall transportation costs higher and led to wear and tear on these vehicles. We even had to halt some hospital services.
Why a bus is important now
In times of political uncertainty and material shortages, we simply cannot afford to go without reliable transportation. In the past year, Haiti has suffered from constant civil unrest. Roads in and out of HAS have been blocked, isolating us for weeks at a time. As we expect the political situation to remain unstable, we need to maximize opportunities to bring in people and life-saving hospital supplies when we can. A new bus will minimize the number of dangerous trips to and from Port-au-Prince.
Here’s what it will take
The cost to transport the bus to Miami and then on to Port-au-Prince is not insignificant – we’re estimating that it will take $20,000. This cost includes transportation, customs certifying, labor, and spare parts for the bus.
Can you help us move this bus to Haiti? Your gift today will ensure that we can transport patients, staff, and supplies safely and efficiently.