It was all smiles this Christmas season as the locally-based Man Dodo Foundation held their annual Health Fair and Toy Drive across southern Haiti.
What began in 1995 as a small Christmas toy distribution to the underserved children in Cavaillon, Haiti by the Lozama siblings has grown into this annual charitable event. This year, from December 10th through 14th, a large delegation of health care professionals and volunteers traveled to southern villages across Haiti to provide health care, food supplies and toys to over 4,000 disadvantaged adults and children.
This year’s event saw significant support from dozens of South Florida medical professionals and volunteers, including representative from the Haitian-American Nurses Association (HANA). The Christmas mission included a two-day health fair treating over 1200 children and adults, providing health screenings, reading glass, and three to six months’ worth of medication, particularly targeting chronic diseases such as malaria, hypertension, and diabetes. Toys were also given to over 3000 children, making this holiday extra memorable for so many children in need.
The event, now in its tenth year, was established to honor the memory of their philanthropist mother Evanne Lozama in their family’s hometown of Cavaillon, and has now expanded into surround areas.