Inspired by the success of the mission to Plaisance and the willingness of Pastor Myrtil to lead another, NSVI made plans to return directly to Plaisance in October. Pastor Myrtil was scheduled to be in Pilate and Plaisance in October to work on his other mission, the Duvivier Project, with supporters from a church in Indiana. Drs. Stein and Suarez would return to Plaisance after Amos had been in Haiti for enough time to set up a location and spread the word that free vasectomies would be offered October 10 & 11. They would save transport time by taking IBC Airways nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale to Cap Haitien, where Pastor Myrtil would pick them up for the two-hour drive to Plaisance. Orlando Pediatrician Dr. Ted Kaplan (who introduced Drs. Stein and Lolagne to each other) offered the assistance of his organization, the Cap Haitien Health Network (CHHN). In fact, his Haitian-American wife Elizabeth would accompany Drs. Stein and Suarez on their flight from Florida to Cap Haitien. Dr. Lolagne and his surgical assistant Lisette offered to drive Elizabeth and any other CHHN staff from the airport to Plaisance. And thus began the Third NSVI Mission to Haiti.
During this second mission in Plaisance, the NSVI Team performed 44 vasectomies, up from the 32 performed in Plaisance during the mission of May 2011. We have every reason to believe that the numbers performed during future missions will continue to rise as the men and women of Plaisance enjoy the freedom to nurture the children that they already have without concern for unwanted pregnancy and the burden of too many children.
Without the dedication and assistance of the Haitians and Haitian Americans who share our vision, these missions would not be possible and the families of Plaisance would not have the option of quality dependable male-oriented contraception.
NSVI gratefully acknowledges the contributions of (below from left to right) Elizabeth Kaplan, RN; Fritz Lolagne, MD; Lisette Jean-Paul, Surgical Services; and Pastor Amos Myrtil.
We cannot continue without donor assistance. The Board Members of NSVI have given thousands of personal dollars to support the missions of NSVI. Our volunteers in the Philippines in Haiti are paid to barely cover expenses, but it hardly covers their time. Only a love of their homelands and a deep-seated belief that their services will enhance the lives of their countrymen inspires them to help year after year. Even if the Board had unlimited personal funds, the IRS requires that 501(C)(3) corporations demonstrate that substantial support comes from outside the organization. A donation to NSVI is support for children, who can claim more of a parent's emotional and financial support of he or she does not have to compete with numerous siblings. A donation to NSVI is a donation to the environment and wildlife, elements of which can be saved only until the competing hungry hoards of humans take back what has been set aside as a matter of their own survival. Please help us to continue our mission. In doing so, you'll make it your own!