Creve (pronounced "Krehv") is a community of 11,000 people located at the northwestern corner of Haiti, about 5 miles from Bombardopolis - 100 miles from Port-au-Prince. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and daily life in a rural village like Creve can be difficult. With no running water, most of the villagers must walk miles down the mountain to the nearest water source. There they find a cistern built in 1985 by the UN's CARE program which has fallen into disrepair over the years.
Creve has one government run school that has been historically unreliable. There are currently a hand full of privately operated Christian schools including a Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School. These private schools are funded by a Child Sponsorship Program connected to individual donors and numerous churches in the United States. $25US per month provides a child's tuition, supplies, and a meal each day.
These private Christian schools teach the Bible as part of their curriculum, and as a result many of these children are being saved both spiritually and physically. Currently, there are 1150 students enrolled in these schools.The students must pass government exams in grades six, nine, twelve and thirteen. This requirement puts additional economic stress on the students' families, because family must provide transportation and lodging for a week-long trek to a larger city to take these tests.
There are currently 2 nurses working in the Creve Clinic from Monday through Fridays doing only the most basic healthcare delivery. The medical supplies are drastically short and simple. These nurses do baby deliveries, sew up minor cuts, and mainly perform first aid type care.
The clinic was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew and they are now operating out of a tent.
If the patients need a higher level of care, they must go to the next larger sized clinic that is located in Bombardopolis about 5 miles away. Because of the terrain and lack of good roads, this five mile trip can take as long as twenty-five minutes to make. In Bombardopolis, there is one doctor to care for approximately 26,000 people in the surrounding areas.
An example of how healthcare is brought in to the area is hernia repairs. A medical team consisting of surgeons, nurses, etc. will come to Bombardopolis and perform numerous hernia repairs at one time, two or three times per year. The clinic where these are done is not set up for x-ray, labs, setting of broken bones, etc. If these are needed, the patient has to be taken even further for treatment to be rendered.
In Creve, missionary medical teams come once a year to do immunizations, bring first aid supplies and medications, and treat whatever illnesses that they can while they are there.
The main sources of income in Creve include individual farming, livestock, charcoal production, school employees, pastors and healthcare workers. The average income for the people of Haiti is $2US per day, and there are many months when there is absolutely no money available. Locals often utilize a barter system to meet their needs with a market held every Tuesday.