Hôpital Albert Schweitzer courtyard

Gigapan: Dror Yaron / Clear Story

Over half a century since its founding, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is a perpetual swirl of activity: a fully integrated health system, devoted to prevention as well as cure. HAS Haiti is continually expanding to meet the needs of those whom it serves, and addressing significant health challenges.
A view of the hospital's 610 square mile service area in the Artibonite Valley. Photo: Clear Story

Founded in 1999, Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, whose work in the US and in Haiti is grounded in a strong commitment to education. The "Friends" initiates projects in collaboration with HAS that are ultimately geared towards improving environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability in Haiti.

A Haitian man holds a seedling that he will grow on his land as part of the Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project. Photo: Karl Grobl The Friends focuses its efforts in Haiti on agro-forestry and rehabilitation, and aims to improve international perspectives on Haiti by hosting educational exhibitions of Haitian art for a wide array of audiences.

The images in this issue were collected by a team of photographers that acted in collaboration with the Friends of HAS Haiti. Rob Long, Creative Director of Clear Story, approached the Friends of HAS in the spring of 2011 with a proposal to take a group trip to Haiti in order to capture Gigapan images,video, stills and audio of the hospital and surrounding region. This media would first serve as a "dynamic backdrop" for the Friend's annual fundraiser, the H'Art & Soul of Haiti Gala, providing an immediate visual context for the work of the hospital and the communities it serves. However, the images would have a life well beyond the gala. By publishing the Gigapan images in the rich interactive format of Gigapan Magazine, the Friends of HAS Haiti might increase the global awareness of the work of HAS and create a forum for open conversations and knowledge sharing around vital issues.

In summer of 2011, Friends of HAS president Lucy Rawson accompanied Mr. Long and his photography team to the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. With the help of the hospital staff and volunteers, the photographers were introduced to HAS's vast service area, seeing and learning about the hospital's diverse programming throughout the valley. In addition to Long, the group included Dror Yaron, Director of Outreach at Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab, and Scott Nelson, Projects Manager at Clear Story.
A few locals at the Deschapelles market shooting a Gigapan image
Photo: Clear Story

Guest Editor

The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, expands awareness of the culture and art of the Haitian people and of their need for health services, improved environmental conditions and economic development. The Friends also designs and implements projects in support of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer's mission to improve the health and well-being of the people of Haiti's Artibonite Valley.

For more info visit friendsofhas.org, read the blog, follow @FriendsofHAS on Twitter, or friend the Friends on Facebook.

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