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Dr. Stephen Katz and Dr. Hector Rosquete

Dr. Stephen Katz of West Bath, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Hector

Rosquete of Freeport, a hand surgeon, are working at an orphanage in

Haiti to treat injuries from the earthquake.  They are based at Project Hope

or Powje Espwa, an orphanage with more than 600 children in southern

Haiti, founded by Lewiston native, Marc Boisvert, a Roman Catholic priest.

The two doctors, who are on the staff of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports

Medicine in Brunswick are scheduled to be in Haiti for several weeks.

                                      Source:  January 26, 2010, issue of the Portland Press Herald

A story on the work of Lewiston native, Father Marc Boisvert, can be found on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network:


Father Marc Boisvert

Maine food plant for N.J.-based company sends food to Haiti

By The Associated Press

January 22, 2010, 4:31PM

A Maine plant that produces baked beans and other canned products is getting into

the act of helping the people of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  A tractor-trailer left the

B&G Foods plant in Portland on Thursday with 123,024 4.25 ounce cans of Underwood chicken and roast beef.  The company says the shipment contained 21 pallets, each with 252 cases of canned meat.  David Wenner, B&G’s CEO in Parsippany, N.J. says his company partnered with international relief agency Stop Hunger Now, which will distribute the canned meat in Haiti.  The Unerwood product was selected because it has a pop-top that doesn’t need a can opener.  In addition to making canned meats, the company also makes B&M bake beans, Ortega refried beans, and B& M baked beans.

Martin's Point Health Care Donates Medical Equipment to Haiti


Martin’s Point Health Care has donated more than $13,000 worth of medical equipment to help with the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The equipment donation includes a monitor sigmoidoscope, used for diagnostic testing, medical refrigerator to store medications and vaccines, and a sterilizer, used for sterilizing surgical instruments and surgical/procedure packs.

The donation is part of an effort organized by the Maine Medical Center on behalf of Konbit Sante, a volunteer medical group headed by Michael Taylor, M.D. that has been working to build a sustainable health care delivery system in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. For additional information on the group, visit their website at

Martin’s Point is also donating medical services to care for a 6-year-old orphan boy from Haiti who came to Maine for eye surgery and treatment and other medical problems.

“As a non-profit health provider, it’s important to help people who are in such dire need, and we are pleased to be able to make a contribution that will make a difference,’’ said Dr. David H. Howes, President of Martin’s Point Health Care.

Other contributions from Maine to the Konbit Sante group include a culposcope from Harry Bennert, an autoclave from John Dhyrberg, echocardiogram supplies from Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, dermatology supplies from Dermatology Associates, and orthopedic equipment from Orthopaedics Associates.

Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk Sets Up Fund to Help Humane Society International in Helping Animals in Haiti

HELP ANIMALS IN HAITI: The Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, Maine has set up a fund tohelp animals in Haiti...Funds collected will be sent, in total, to The Humane Society of The United States’ partner organization, Humane Society International.

Key Bank Pledges Money To Haiti


Key Bank will give $5,000 to Haiti earthquake relief efforts in each of Key's 22 Key Community Bank districts from Maine to Alaska and in selected cities where Key National Bank has a presence. The gift will total $135,000.  The donations will be made through a local chapter of the American Red Cross in each location. KeyBank Foundation also announced that it will continue to match the gifts of their employees dollar for dollar, which is in addition to the $135,000.

Three Doctors From Penobscot Bay Medical Center Visit Haiti

Dr. Douglas Cole, Dr. Kevin Olehnik, and Dr. Lars Ellison from Penobscot Bay Medical Center recently traveled to Haiti.  To read the entire story, go to:

Hannaford Raises $56,000 and Sends Eighteen Pallets of Water

                                      Hannaford donated 18 pallets of water that were delivered to Haiti by Sub Sea

                                      Research of Portland, Maine. Hannaford customers donated $56,000 through

                                      an in store donation effort organized by Hannaford. Those funds will go to the  

                                      American Red Cross relief effort in Haiti.

Maine State Volleyball Association Holds Tournament For Konbit Sante

Maine State Volleyball Association held the NIGHT OWL  King/Queen of the Court Charity Fund Raising Tournament  to benefit Konbit Sante on Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sportszone in Saco.

Poland Spring Donates Fifty Truckloads of Water

50 truckloads of water (1,900,800 bottles of water) were donated to the Haiti relief effort by Poland Spring from their plant in Hollis, Maine.  The donation was valued at $384,615.

Special Thanks to Torrey and Eric at Apple Store in South Portland

Torrey and Eric at the Apple Store in South Portland have been instrumental in offering guidance for the technological aspects needed to maintain this website. Thank you, Torrey, for  designing the new Maine Friends of Haiti logo.

Lucille Hussey Assists With Maine Friends of Haiti Slideshow

Lucille Hussey has always been willing to share her

computer expertise.  She was instrumental in helping

to create a DVD for the Maine Friends of Haiti slideshow.  Check out:

Sheila Falls Grants Permission for Music To

Accompany Maine Friends of Haiti Slideshow

The beautiful music which accompanies the Maine Friends of Haiti slideshow was composed and performed by Sheila Falls.  She is a member

of the group Childsplay and has performed in Maine with them.

Message From L.L. Bean Regarding Their Commitment to Haiti

It has been heartwarming to see how many customers of ours have contacted us with expressions of concerns and demonstrations of their own personal commitments to Haiti.  We are continuing to monitor the situation in Haiti but I want to let you know what we have done as a corporate citizen of Maine and the world.



We were in touch with our Congressional delegation, international relief organizations and federal agencies the day after the earthquake to see how best we could assist. We concluded that a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross was the best way to help at the time.  We have also donated duffle bags, water purifiers, clothing and other items to local medical personnel who have, or are going to go to Haiti.  Also, one of our vendors worked with us to regain the shipments of solar radios they had sent to us for our customers so they could donate them to the relief effort as well. I appreciate your contacting us; your website is a great resource.

                                                                                                        Laurie Gilman


                                                                                                        Community Relations Associate

Southern Maine Medical Center Steps Forward To Help Haiti

The overwhelming devastation experienced by the citizens of Haiti is almost beyond belief. As with many other organizations, the Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) family was motivated to find ways to help. A group of employees took the lead in forming a plan of action for the entire organization which included donations of money and items.

During the months of January and February, SMMC collected cash donations and offered employees the option of payroll deduction and earned time (vacation time) cash-in for gifts to the American Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders Haitian Relief. The staff donated $7,015 ($2,490 to the American Red Cross and $4,525 to Doctors Without Borders). In addition to the cash donations, a five-day collection drive was held to gather medical supplies, equipment and personal care items, which yielded 45 boxes and 28 large bags to be distributed to Konbit Sante in Portland for delivery directly to Haiti. SMMC directly contributed seven fully-functional, hydraulic stretchers, three large medical supply storage cabinets/carts and an ECG Unit.

In writing to SMMC employees, Edward J. McGeachey, president and CEO, noted, "The images of so many children and adults injured, with little or no medical care available; the dangerous lack of water and food; the total destruction of thousands of homes; and the astonishing loss of life leave many of us seeking a way to join with others to offer some form of help. Individually and together we can make a real difference in the lives of people who have so little and need so much. Thank you for your compassion, one of SMMC’s distinguishing values.”

SMMC will continue to monitor the state’s emergency response actions and update staff of any other opportunities to help as they arise.

Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble Raises $6,630 for Haiti

Source:  Maine Sunday Telegram, April 18, 2010

Andrew Cyr, a native of Fort Kent, Maine, and a graduate of Bates College, raised

$6,630 for Haiti through a February concert in New York City with Metropolis Ensemble,

a chamber music ensemble.  Cyr founded this professional chamber orchestra four years


Realty of Maine Agents/Staff Help Haiti

      Agents/staff in the Bangor office of Realty of Maine prepare baby kits with diapers, shirts, sleepers & blankets for relief efforts in Haiti. (L to R) Doug Damon, Tricia Largay, Gayle Conley, Tara Roy, Tammy Smith, Dale Wilkes, Susan Robinson. Not pictured agent Susan Lane and client Sheila Harris.