Dr. David Renelus and Charmika Schuster working together in Haiti.
Dr. David Renelus lost both his mother and his sister during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. Tragically, his story is not unlike those of many other survivors. As the communities in Haiti continue to rebuild after the earthquake, the doctor does everything he can to help. Outside of working full time, he volunteers tirelessly with mobile clinics that serve the many people in the impoverished country who are living with disease or malnutrition.
A fundraiser to support doctors like Renelus, and other medical professionals in Haiti, will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St.
The local organization Global Mustard Seed Missions coordinates “Taste the Tropics II,” which will feature Haitian food, musicians, DJ OG One and a special auction with Haitian-made art and jewelry.
Representatives from Northwest Haitian organizations will be present to describe the challenges faced on a daily basis by people in their home country.
Headed by Oregon Health and Science University nurse practitioner Charmika Schuster, Global Mustard Seed Missions has spent several years establishing mobile clinics in Haiti. Schuster plans to use the model in other countries affected by war or natural disasters, where they would start their work two to three years after the catastrophe, when the initial aid has been withdrawn.
“Let’s help them help themselves,” Schuster said. “[Doctors in these countries] have the skills. They know how to treat the diseases that are common in their countries.” The doctors don’t have access to medication, technology, facilities and many other necessities for practicing modern medicine.
Global Mustard Seed Missions is in the process of obtaining 501c3 status with the IRS.
Entry to the event is free, and all food and auction purchases will help fund the nonprofit in its work.
To attend, RSVP to www.globalmustardseeds.com or just show up. All proceeds support mobile medical clinics run by Haitian clinicians.