The Brenda Strafford Foundation

The Brenda Strafford Foundation

January 25, 2010 18:01 ET

The Institut Brenda Strafford Provides Support to Earthquake Victims in Haiti

LES CAYES, HAITI--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - Despite the disaster that has struck Haiti, some charitable organizations have managed to stay in operation. The Institut Brenda Strafford, which specializes in ophthalmological as well as ear, nose, and throat care, did not sustain any damages during the earthquake that hit Haiti last week. Working in conjunction with international aid agencies, the hospital immediately opened its doors to treat earthquake-injured Haitians as they struggled to find medical care outside of Port au Prince.

Organizations such as the United Nations, and UNICEF, have set up camp on hospital grounds. The facility, which typically sees 150 patients each day, has become a hub for medical services in the area, and as a result has seen their numbers increase substantially. Though provisions such as food, fuel, and medical supplies are running low, staff and management of the hospital have expressed optimism about the incoming aid.

"We feel very lucky to be in a position to make a difference," states Mario Siciliano, President & CEO of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. "I'd like to appeal to Canadians, to continue donating to international aid agencies. With their support, supplies will continue to arrive, and we will be able to continue doing our part."

The Institut Brenda Strafford is a division of the Brenda Strafford Foundation, a registered Canadian charitable organization. The hospital has been in operation for over 25 years, providing care for the poorest Haitians. Both the hospital and the foundation that operates it, are named in remembrance of Brenda Strafford, the late wife of Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, founder of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. The foundation, which has its headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, supports and operates various Canadian and international initiatives with the mission of catering to humanity by bringing a measure of hope to people whose outlook seems hopeless.

Contact Information

  • The Brenda Strafford Centre for
    the Prevention of Domestic Violence
    Sarah Koester
    Communications Specialist
    (403) 270-7240
    sarah.koester@brendastraffordsociety.org
    or
    The Brenda Strafford Centre for
    the Prevention of Domestic Violence
    Box 61141 Kensington Postal Outlet
    Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4S6