RUN 2017 postponed to October 22

Due to some unforeseen circumstances the Run 4 Your Cause race has been rescheduled. What does that mean?

Here is a note from the organizers:

*Urgent notice of Postponement* due to unforeseen Water & Sewer infrastructure upgrades which have created massive holes along the Corydon Ave path section of all 3 of our courses, R4YC will not take place Sunday August 27th. We are happy to announce we have confirmed a new date of Sunday October 22nd! There’s still time to register! 

That means you have more time to train for the race. There is now more time to spread the word and let people know about our cause. And if you were on the fence about running, you have another chance to register.


The new date is October 22, 2017. 


Our goal is to raise $22,500 Hand in Hand with you!

Help the El-Shaddai Community Center in Port-Au-Prince educate and feed 50 children.

You can still Register to Run
or Walk in the event


Can’t participate?
You can still help! 

Simply donate or sponsor a runner and

Help Haiti Build Better than Before


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RUN 2017

SUPPORT Hand in Hand with Haiti,
by running, sponsoring or volunteering. Save the date!

SUNDAY, August 27, 2017
6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Four Events:
10 km 7:30 start and 9:00 presentation
5 km  Awesome Twosome 9:30 start, 11:00 presentation
3.3 km  8:30 start, 10:00 presentation
400 m  Fun Run 8:00 start, Ribbons for all at the finish line

Online Registration: , the site for runners in Manitoba

This race features:

  • New Certified 10K course
  • Fair Trade medals for all finishers
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Massage Therapy
  • Papa John’s Blues Band
  • Bag Check & Door Prizes


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Hurricane Matthew 2016

2016 Hurricane Matthew's path

2016 Hurricane Matthew’s path

Hurricane Matthew has caused more damage in Haiti then the 2010 earthquake, from an environmental perspective, according to some sources.

Unfortunately, this hurricane will not get the same coverage as the 2010 earthquake and people are growing tired of helping Haiti.

The El Shaddai community did not receive the worst of Hurricane Matthew,  yet many crops were severely damaged in the powerful winds and heavy rains ripped off roofs and damaged property.  The post earthquake construction, supported by EMAS Canada, has performed well and once again provided a safe place for the El Shaddai community and their neighbours during the this latest disaster.

Please pray for Haiti as the waters recede and more bodies appear, moving people who are currently listed as missing to the increasing number of casualties.

If you would like to support the El Shaddai community in their efforts to Build Better than Before just select ‘Haiti – hand in hand’ on the EMAS donation page: ( ).

Thank you!

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RUN 2016

A strong finish at the 2015 Run the Awesome Twosome for Haiti

A strong finish at the 2015 Run the Awesome Twosome for Haiti

The annual RUN…the Awesome Twosome with Haiti is coming up fast!

Now part of MRA event.
9:30 am Sunday October 23rd at Assiniboine Park
(our 2016 medals & prizes have hand-painted dragonflies on up-cycled metal)
Medals custom hand made in Haiti for this event

Medals custom hand made in Haiti for this event

Here’s the link to register
1. Find a partner, go online and set up your team (have your team name ready) then
2. register yourself and invite your partner to join your team (be sure to have their email address)
If you don’t have a partner, just register as an individual participant and we’ll create teams.
Also attached is a registration form that you can drop off at Stride Ahead located in Grant Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg.
The Race: You and your partner both run the same 5 km course, at the same time, but in opposite directions. You will cross paths at some point during the race—a great opportunity to cheer each other on! See the registration form for gender and combined age categories.
Hope to see you at the RUN!
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2016 Healthcare Team Report

Haiti Team 2016

The 2016 EMAS Haiti Healthcare Team spent two weeks in Haiti from February 9th to 23rd. This creative and enthusiastic team consisted of an infectious diseases specialist, a nursing professor, a family practice resident, two fourth year medical students, two fourth year nursing students and a grade 12 high school student. The healthcare professions students on the team from the University of Ottawa, the University of Manitoba, and Université Saint Boniface all participated as part of academic electives.

The team carried about 1000 pounds of health care supplies and pharmaceutical products in Humanitarian Medical Kits sourced from Health Partners International of Canada ( The team extends a huge THANK YOU to Air Canada, who waived excess luggage fees.

The team worked alongside Haitian health care providers in primary care teaching clinics. They worked in three under served, urban locations, seeing 950 patients in nine days of clinics. They dispensed over 1400 prescriptions.

This year’s team had the pleasure of witnessing the inaugural ceremony celebrating completion of the fourth major construction project in this community since the January 2010 earthquake. It is a large multifunctional building that can accommodate up to 500 people, primarily serving as a community gathering space on weekdays and a worship space on Sundays. The building is also designed to be earthquake and hurricane resistant and may serve as a shelter during times of disaster response.


Please note: The February 2017 team is looking for a French speaking final year dental student and pharmacy student in addition to medical and nursing students. If you are interested in applying to be part of an EMAS Haiti Team, please contact Krista Waring, Team Leader for this mission, at .

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2015 Run — A Success!

A strong finish at the 2015 Run the Awesome Twosome for Haiti

A strong finish at the 2015 Run the Awesome Twosome for Haiti

Over 100 runners took part in the run this year. Thank you to all the runners and volunteers who made the event a super success.

Over 100 runners took part in the run this year. Thank you to all the runners and volunteers who made the event a super success.

More Photos

Members of Winnipeg's General Strike ultimate team were the run marshals, keeping everyone on track. Thanks guys.

Members of Winnipeg’s General Strike ultimate team were the run marshals, keeping everyone on track. Thanks guys.

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Mid mission update 2015

This is an excerpt from an email update sent by Krista Waring:
The team is half way through their time in Haiti so here’s another quick update…
Some of you may have noticed that Haiti was in the news today, which unfortunately is never a good thing.  Our team was no where near the incident and enjoyed a busy clinic (110 patients) with quiet roads.  The incident was a terrible accident in Port-au-Prince involving an overloaded party boat (Mardi Gras floating parade) and low hanging wires that resulted in many injuries and deaths.  Our prayers go out to all affected by this tragic event.
As for the EMAS Haiti Team, it sounds like the 3 medical (Kristina, Manisha & Valérie) and 2 nursing (Céline & Geneviève) students are all doing a fabulous job of running the clinics under the ever supportive teaching team of Pierre & Rachelle.
The 8th team member, Andre (biomedical engineer) has our dentist Dr Jude grinning from ear to ear with the drill/irrigation/suction system that he has set up.  Many thanks to Dr Colin Weibe (May 2010 Team) for all the support and long distance consults (Calgary)!
Unfortunately, our hosts have not been able to set up a wifi link, so communication is limited.  I have been able to check in with the team most days by phone, so rest assured they are safe and having a very rich cultural experience; but be prepared to hear LOTS of stories when they get back!
Blessings to you & yours,
Krista Waring
Logistics & Administration
Hand in Hand with Haiti
a project of EMAS Canada
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December 7, 2014 Update

The El Shaddai community in Haiti have been hard at work this past year and we feel honoured to be partnered with them.  Here is a brief summary of the year’s activities.

Programs – With a meal every school day and an excellent school program, the students of Imago Dei continue to learn & grow.  Every year the grade 6 students write national exams and for the fourth consecutive year, this school has achieved a 100% pass rate!  Here’s the link to donate

Post-earthquake Construction Project – Very impressive!  This year the decision was made to include a lower level under the large gathering space.  This will provide much needed space for youth programs; possibilities include music, trades & languages (Spanish and/or English).  This change will likely add a year to the construction schedule making our completion date December 2018.
Here’s the link to donate

2015 EMAS Haiti Healthcare Teaching Team – With 64 days to ‘takeoff’, this team of eight are getting ready for two weeks of teaching clinics in Haiti, working along side our Haitian hosts.  Céline & Geneviève (4th year nursing students on the team) have organized a Bud, Spud & Steak Fundraiser to help with the team costs.  It’s on Thursday Dec 18 at 5-8 pm and will include great raffle prizes, a simple steak meal & a presentation – all for $20!  I have tickets, so if you’re interested and in Winnipeg on the 18th, email me.  But don’t worry if you can’t come on the 18th,
here’s the link so you can still donate

Our 2014 RUN was a great success with double the participants that we had at our 2013 RUN. Participants were particularly impressed with the medals (hand made in Haiti) that were presented to the top three teams in each of the 18 combined age/gender categories.  We purchased over 100 medals from a Haitian artist rather than buying event t-shirts; this helped employ an artist in the El Shaddai community and has given our event something very unique to promote.  Save the Date – Saturday Sept 19, 2015 for our 5th Annual RUN.  

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Crib #13: A Reflection from Haiti 2014 by Dr. Pierre Plourde

Dr. Plourde in clinic 2014

Dr. Plourde examining a patient in clinic.

Dr. Pierre Plourde is a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Since 2004 he has also been an EMAS Canada Team Leader for an annual mission to Haiti where he first made trips as a medical student, intern, resident and physician starting in 1982. This year he led an amazing team of young healthcare volunteers who helped assess and manage over 600 patients in a community clinic supported over the years by Dr. Plourde’s teams. They saw over 300 children in that clinic, none of whom were severely malnourished due to a 20-year feeding program for destitute neighborhood children. Over the past five years, Dr. Plourde at the urging of a friend and colleague, has also included a short visit to the hospital for sick children in Port-au-Prince, run by the Missionaries of Charity sisters, simply to volunteer and to offer social human interaction to severely malnourished and neglected children.

Crib #13

I was handed an apron by the nun and a bowl of porridge by the nursery attendant as she pointed to crib #13, silently asking me to feed the youngster who was laying waiting for breakfast. This child was one of about two-dozen in this nursery who needed to be fed, washed up, socialized with, and fed again before we would be asked to leave at noon

The sisters take after their founder, Mother Teresa, very strong minded with a will not take “no” for an answer attitude when advocating for the poorest of the poor. They are pleased if all you have available to give the children in the nursery is love. And of course, no photos allowed!

The little guy in crib #13 was a beautiful child. He didn’t show obvious signs of severe malnutrition. His hair wasn’t red and coarse. His skin looked good. His eyes didn’t show any hint of vitamin deficiencies. He wasn’t wasted (a sign of marasmus) and didn’t have the typical bloated appearance of Kwashiorkor (severe protein-calorie malnutrition). I took out my stethoscope and, listening to his lungs and heart, they sounded fine. I had to prop him up, for he was unable to sit up by himself—he seemed “floppy”. I looked at his ankle bracelet—the name was completely smudged and unreadable. I guessed he had been at the hospital a long time. I could barely make out an age of “7 months”, not knowing if that was his current age or, probably, the age at the time of his admission. Regardless, he should have been able to sit up on his own.

He was a slow eater! Really slow! So slow that by the time I finished feeding him breakfast, other volunteers in the nursery had fed two or three infants each, making me the subject of a little ridicule—the father of two children who had forgotten how to feed a baby.

When I finished feeding #13, I waited for his gastrocolic reflex—the one responsible for the urge to defecate following a meal. His was a strong reflex! I was glad I had accepted the full body apron that the nuns had handed to me. I decided I’d show my fellow volunteers that if I’d lost the knack of feeding a little one, I certainly hadn’t lost my legendary skill of the “rocket” diaper change. My little #13 was very pleased with the prompt, efficient and rapid diaper change service offered to him that day. His broad smile showed me that he was able to socialize somewhat. Too bad I couldn’t take a picture. Maybe I should have made an effort to find out what his name was!

Over the next couple of hours, while I was attending to other needy children, I noticed that #13 wasn’t drawing much attention from any of the other volunteers. Despite all the crying and fussing from other infants begging to be picked up and cuddled, he remained silent but seemingly attentive.

Was his silence due to lack of connecting with his outside world? Or was he truly laid back and relaxed? Was he resigned, already giving up on a world that had been cruel to him? There was no way to tell. He did manage to take a nap amid all the hustle and bustle.

When parent visitation time came, he seemed to be one of the very few infants who didn’t receive a visit from his mother. One mother that I observed was so detached from her child that she seemed totally unmoved and almost dismissive of her child’s pleas for her to stay when visitation time was over. Maybe denial is the best way to cope sometimes when life gets desperate.

At lunchtime I was again handed a bowl of food—rice with mashed soy-based protein-rich something. Although #13 didn’t look too malnourished, by the looks of the infants in neighboring cribs I could just imagine what he might have looked like when he was admitted. And his lack of ability to sit up gave away his developmental delay. In another crib I noted a chubby girl with red hair who looked to be four years old, whose bracelet gave away her true age of seven! Her chubby appearance had nothing to do with fat – on the contrary it betrayed the classical appearance of Kwashiorkor with massive fluid shift into her tissues due to dangerously low levels of protein in her blood. But at least she was able to sit up and feed herself.

I managed to get lunch into #13 in the time it took the other volunteers to feed three or four children. As a result, I got to spend a fair amount of time with him, probably a good two of the three hours. The nuns ask volunteer helpers to leave at noon. Maybe I should have made an effort to find out what his name was!

And so I said “so long” to my little #13, knowing that I will likely never see him again, and even if I do, how will I know? And I’m sure he completely forgot about me the next day. I left the nursery with so many questions.

  • What impact did I have on #13’s life? He sure had an impact on mine!
  • How does he bond if his mother doesn’t visit, and he meets a different volunteer every day? I sure felt a special bond with #13 during our short time together!
  • What did he get out of my visit? I was certainly blessed by the privilege of sharing my love with him!
  • What are the chances that he will make it to the age of 5? The worst thing that happened to me before the age of five was probably measles and chicken pox!
  • What is his life expectancy? Mine is about 80 years (vs. about 60 years in Haiti)!

Maybe I should have made an effort to find out what his name was!

I want to wish #13 a healthy, fulfilled, prosperous life; but I am afraid that I may be wishing through rose colored glasses. I was told there were at least two other nurseries—one for infants who were recently admitted with severe forms of malnutrition and one for infants who were doing better and close to being well enough for discharge home.

I think #13 was close to being transferred to the pre-discharge nursery. I wondered what “home” he would be discharged to. Was he going to be sent home to worse conditions than crib #13? It was hard to imagine him being sent home to a dreadfully poor setting where his mother could be unemployed and reduced to begging and vulnerable to worse abuses; where his father could be non-existent, having abandoned a family he cannot support on an annual income of $900-$1200 if he is fortunate enough to have a job. These are the harsh statistics of Haiti.

But #13 was not a statistic—he was right in front of me. He put a real face on a bunch of numbers and realities that I have come to know about life in Haiti over the last 32 years. Maybe I should have made an effort to find out what his name was!

I only spent three weeks in Haiti on this trip, but those three hours in the sisters’ hospital intermediate nursery are imbedded in my mind. I think #13 might have a chance to flourish if he lives in a neighborhood blessed with a community development program that provided free primary education and free primary health care, where he can receive at least one good meal a day. Is it really just the luck of the draw that determines whether a child lives or dies? Or can I make a difference?

Maybe I should have made an effort to find out what his name was! 


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2014 Trip to HAITI Photos

Thanks to Danielle for this set of photos. Here are a few sample shots.


Dr. Pierre examining a student.


Dr. T examining one of the students to begin a health record.

Dr. T examining one of the students to begin a health record.


D & J enjoying the company of neighbourhood children in Haiti.

D & J enjoying the company of neighbourhood children in Haiti.

Sun tanning in Haiti.

Sun tanning in Haiti.

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