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Area doctors to join rescue work in Haiti

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12 left much of Haiti in ruins with a rising death toll. A 25 person team, with doctors from Rancho Family Medical Group in Temecula, is leaving January 25 and 26 to offer help at the clinic compound run by the Haiti Endowment Fund which was founded 25 years ago by Temecula pastor Harold Bither and his wife, Natalie.

Their plan is to rotate teams of medical personnel in and out of the clinic over the next few months. The compound can house 200 people and hundreds of patients a day can be treated at the clinic. The organization also feeds and educates 3,000 Haitian children a day and has provided health care for countless others.

“What they have done is so amazing,” said Walt Combs, a doctor with Rancho Family Medical Group, who said he has traveled to Haiti 40 times in 14 years to assist with the fund’s medical missionary trips.

“Everyone pays their own way, everything is given to the people of Haiti,” Combs said. “Not a penny goes anywhere else.”

Apparently, the earthquake did not cause major damage to the facility, Glenn Bither said. Still, the Bithers said they are worried their stockpile of food used to feed the region’s children won’t last long. Immediate help is needed for finances to cover medical supplies, medications and food.

Donations are desperately needed and go entirely to the Haitian people. Anyone who can donate is asked to either make their contribution at, or mail it to Haiti Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 743, Temecula, Calif. 92593.


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