About Haiti Eye Mission

     
       

Our Mission

Curing and Preventing Blindness in Haiti

Curing Blindness through cataract surgeries.

Preventing Blindness through early treatment of glaucoma with the use of drops and surgical procedures.

Core Values - I (Eye) FOCUS

Integrity (doing the right thing in a reliable way)

Faith(the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen)

Optimism(hopefulness and confidence about the future)

Compassion(when you are confronted with another's suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering)

Uplifting(inspiring happiness, optimism, or hope)

Sustainability(meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs)

Our Vision

Short-Term Vision/Goals:

  • Funding annual mission trips to Haiti to cover medical, travel and shipping costs
  • Procuring donations of medical supplies, equipment and     medications

Long-Term Vision/Goals:

  • To have sustainable access to glaucoma medication through contracts for donated or low-cost drops from pharmaceutical      companies and/or manufacturing the drops in Haiti and distributing them through local channels.
  • To train Haitians in optometry and ophthalmology so they can have year-round eyecare in that region. We would look at top students in Haiti that would be qualified, motivated and capable of higher education to enroll in school in the Dominican Republic or Port au Prince.

One of our doctors training hospital staff in Pignon Haiti.
The faces of Pignon Haiti

Haiti Eye Mission... nearly a decade of helping those in need!

Haiti Eye Mission has treated thousands of patients in the region of Pignon. In addition to restoring sight, the team builds relationships with residents, hospital staff, and city officials, and work with them to increase awareness of curable and preventable blindness.

How it Began

Dr. Lance Bergstrom viewed it as a one-time trip when he joined his colleague on an eyecare mission to Haiti in the spring of 2012. But after he witnessed the enormous need in that region, he was moved to begin leading his own annual medical/surgical eye mission team to Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon. Haiti Eye Mission, which was incorporated as a 501(3)c nonprofit organization in 2017, provides the only eyecare available to the 250,000 people living in and around Pignon. Our team provides eye screenings, eyeglasses and sunglasses, cataract and glaucoma surgeries, and medical treatment of eye diseases to more than 1,400 residents of the Pignon area annually.

Our work …

Each year, our Haiti eye team performs approximately 330 surgeries and distributes hundreds of bottles of glaucoma drops to the families living in and around Pignon. Our commitment to cure and prevent blindness in Haiti is the driving force behind our annual mission trips!

Impact

Patients in line waiting for an eye exam

1400– The number of patients we serve annually during our group’s mission. Even though that is an extremely important number, it’s still not as important as the number 1. The number 1 represents each face, story and background of the person whose life is changed because of your support.  

 

Determination

The team from 2018

22– The number of team members that travel to Haiti with us each year.  This team literally goes from blizzard to third world with a smile on their face and love in their hearts for the patients we serve.  We were the only mission group in Haiti in 2018 when all other missions had evacuated, and we didn’t slow down.  We already have plans in place for a February 2022 trip and team members will be sending in their personal money as a deposit for the trip even in the midst of a pandemic, unrest in Haiti and a travel alert.  We plan to go every year because we know they need us, plain and simple.

Purpose

Glaucoma drops for a year

6– The number of bottles of glaucoma drops to get a patient through a year.  To you and I, it’s medicine in a bottle but to those without other access to medical care it represents an education, it’s the ability to see the faces of their children and loved ones, it’s the ability to work and put food on their table, it’s the ability to live life and not have to sit in a corner of the house because they don’t have access to blind services. They were only given 6 bottles in 2021….

Promise For Haiti - Our Partner in Pignon

Dr. Guy Theodore founded Christian Mission of Pignon (now called Promise for Haiti) and seven years later Hospital Bienfaisance was built on the site where Dr. Guy was born. This hospital not only provides medical care, but brings hope for the entire region.

Under Dr. Guy Theodore's leadership and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, this vision has become a reality. The Comite Bienfaisance de Pignon (CBP), a locally elected committee of community leaders, presides over the mission, defining its vision and setting direction that is realized in its programs and projects. There is now a 65 bed hospital and six clinics, including an extensive public health program.