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Amanda Farahany Travels to Haiti to Bring Water to Those in Need

Well in Haiti Dedicated in Honor of Decatur Nurse


The group visited several water projects, including this one, in Grand Boulage, Haiti, that were built in partnership with Water-Life-Hope and Food For The Poor.
The group visited several water projects in Grand Boulage, Haiti, that were built in partnership with Water-Life-Hope and Food For The Poor.

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COCONUT  CREEK, Fla. (June 4, 2014)  – Inside  the pastel orange and green courtyard of the Bernard Mevs Hospital in  Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the hospital’s top surgeons greeted members of Food For  The Poor and Water-Life-Hope.  The group traveled there to celebrate the life of a Decatur, Georgia, nurse, through  the inauguration of the hospital’s new water well and cistern.

“You  are more than welcome, and it is a great thing you are doing here,” said Edward  Buckley, to the twin Haitian surgeons, Dr. Jerry Bitar and Dr. Marlon Bitar, who  were dressed in scrubs and on their way to perform surgery.

Thanks  to the generosity of Atlanta  residents, the hospital now has access to clean water. Previously the  hospital had to truck in clean water for the doctors and patients, and in some  parts of the hospital there was no running water at all.

“It  never would have occurred to me that a hospital would not have access to  water,” said the Rev. Greg Tallant, the Episcopal priest at Holy Trinity Parish  in Decatur.
A sign across the street from the hospital in front of the water projects reads,  “… dedicated to Susan Parry, nurse and healer of many.”

“She  took care of many patients during her long career,” said Buckley, who credits  Parry for organizing the best nursing staff to care for him. “She brought me  back to the land of the living. I feel a huge debt of gratitude to her.”

“I  felt immediately the link between her life and this project,” said Richard  Parry, Susan’s husband, and parishioner at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of  Jesus in Atlanta. “I was deeply touched.”

Like  the Bitar brothers, Susan was a major voice in healthcare. During her  distinguished career at DeKalb Medical Center, she served as head nurse on  several floors. After a brief retirement, she returned to DeKalb Medical Center  as chief nursing officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services. After  finally retiring in 2005, Susan served on the board of DeKalb Medical Center,  and organized the Healthcare Ministry at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of  Jesus in downtown Atlanta.
On  December 28, 2013, Susan succumbed to the complications of a stroke suffered earlier  that year.
“Susan was a consummate nurse who cared deeply about her patients, one of whom  was Ed Buckley,” said Richard Parry, who is a Fuller E. Callaway Professor of  Philosophy Emeritus at Agnes Scott College, in Atlanta. “She was very  sensitive and responsive to the suffering of others; nothing could be more  appropriate to her memory than the dedication of this project.”

On  their recent May 20-23, trip to Haiti, Atlanta attorneys Buckley and Amanda  Farahany posted daily blog entries and photos online, in an  effort raise awareness about living conditions in the country. “The clean running  water for the hospital allows for the care from the youngest of the patients to  the oldest,” blogged Farahany, a partner at Barrett & Farahany, LLP.  “Bernard Mevs recently graduated Haiti’s first class of professionally trained  EMTs, who are operating Haiti’s only coordinated rescue service from the  hospital in ambulances donated by the City of Miami Beach.”
Travelers included Melissa Barrett (student at Case Western Reserve University  School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio), Benjamin Francis Barrett III (student at  Georgia State University in Atlanta), Edward Buckley (Decatur), the Rev.  William Thomas Deneke (Decatur), Amanda Farahany (Atlanta), the Rev. George  Maxwell Jr. (Atlanta), and the Rev. Greg Tallant (Avondale).    The  group also visited several potential water project sites for Water-Life-Hope and Food For The Poor’s 2014 Dreams  Across The Sea.
“For it is our belief that the right to clean drinking water is the most  fundamental of human rights, for without clean drinking water we cannot fully  exercise our other God-given rights,” said Buckley, President of Water-Life-Hope and Dreams Across The Sea committee member. “For example, a child can’t enjoy her right to education with  parasites roiling in her belly because she does not have clean drinking water.”

Food  For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma traveled to Haiti with Buckley and  the group.

“We  are so grateful for what Ed has done, because not only has he worked  tirelessly, even through illness, he has been a catalyst to inspire others to  help bring clean water to Haiti,” Aloma said. “Witnessing firsthand the work he  has accomplished in that country is something I won’t forget.”

Food For The Poor’s  7th annual Caribbean-themed Dreams Across The Sea,  presented by The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga., will be Friday, Oct. 24. Paul Goodloe, a meteorologist  for The Weather Channel, will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will feature a cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres  and a coffee and dessert bar, live music, dancing, a silent auction and giveaways.   For  additional information, or to purchase tickets, please call, 1-888-404-4248, or  visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/atlanta.

Dreams Across The Sea Co-Chairmen are Chris  Curry and Saurel Quettan. Additional committee members include Dr. Paula Nelson  Adesokan, Scott and Kari Bardowell, Raymond Bazile, Verlyn Britton, Edward  Bruno-Gaston, Edward Buckley, Renee Corey-Lubin, Rev. Lebon Faustin, Gina Fraiser,  Nekeidra Frederick, Jean Hanges, Michele Jean, Loveless Johnson III, Pascale  Jones, Sylvia McClure, Nnena Nchege, Dr. Jason Regis, and Garvin Stewart.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle  of Philanthropy as the largest international  relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed  millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.  This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief  assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for  orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development  assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to  programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.


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