Haitians continue to deal with longstanding challenges of severe poverty, political uncertainty and lack of infrastructure – challenges which were multiplied by the 2010 earthquake and the hurricanes, cholera outbreak and stalled reconstruction efforts which ensued.
Health care is inadequate, and mental health care is rarely available. Over 140,000 Haitians – mainly women and children – still remain displaced in camps. More than 100,000 children are suffering from malnutrition. Orphanages are at capacity. Child labor is commonplace. Our mind-body medicine programs offer an inclusive, effective and universally applicable model to address these physical, psychological and social challenges.
With generous support from Don deLaski and the deLaski Family Foundation, CMBM has been helping Haitians build healthy, resilient communities since 2010. The 220 clinicians, educators, religious leaders and other community figures whom CMBM has trained are integrating our model into their work in schools, hospitals, clinics, orphanages, churches, voodoo peristyles and community organizations in the Port-au-Prince and Jacmel areas, as well as in the central plateau.
Thousands of children and adults are learning to practice CMBM’s mind-body skills to calm their anxiety, focus better in school and at work, and sleep through the night.
The beauty of this work is that it allows people to rebuild from the inside and it gives them a sense of hope. It sounds so little, but it’s everything – it’s huge – a sense of hope.Regine Laroche, Port-au-Prince