Marie P. Chery: Continuing to fight for Haiti
When the earthquake in Haiti struck in January, most of us watched the devastation on TV. But Marie Chery, 56, was in the middle of it: She was two hours from Port-au-Prince doing public health work with Project Medishare when she felt the tremor.
Changing the world: Project Medishare
Chery, a nurse, immediately packed up and headed to the capital to help set up an intensive care unit, hiring Haitians to help out. "We taught them how to work in a hospital," she says. "That way we were helping to restart the economy and giving them new skills to earn a living."
What Marie P. Chery wants you to know:
The work isn't done. "Newspapers may not be covering the earthquake in Haiti like they were, but we're still trying to fix problems here. Donate what you can and stay informed about the progress at projectmedishare.org."
Marie P. Chery's stay healthy tip:
Move your feet. "In Haiti I walk everywhere—to work, to run errands, even to go see patients! When I go back to the U.S., I still try to fit in as much walking as I can."
| Oct 12, 2010