Long after a disaster is no longer in the news, nonprofit health organizations are often still helping communities’ health systems recover – stronger and better prepared for the next disaster. In the aftermath of the devastating wildfires that swept across Maui in 2023, three organizations (Heart to Heart International, Americares and Project Vision Hawai’i) came together to provide much-needed relief.
Through this partnership, Heart to Heart International and Americares co-donated a fully functional medical clinic to Project Vision Hawai’i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing healthcare to those experiencing homelessness in Hawai’i. Additional support was found through Maersk, which donated the shipping through the nonprofit Airlink.
The 20’ shipping container clinic, equipped with the necessary medical supplies and staffed by volunteer nurses and nurse practitioners from Project Vision Hawai’i, is now providing essential healthcare services to residents of a temporary shelter in Pu‘uhonua o Nēnē, accommodating approximately 150 unhoused individuals/families.
The clinic’s services extend beyond the shelter, offering no-cost healthcare to anyone in the Kahului community who needs it. Operating around the clock, the clinic ensures that everyone in need has access to the care they deserve.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with Americares to donate this medical clinic to Project Vision Hawai’i,” said Kim Carroll, Heart to Heart International CEO. “This clinic will provide critical and essential health services to the people of Maui, including those impacted by the wildfires. This collaboration underscores the power of partnerships in addressing humanitarian needs.”
The donation of the medical clinic is part of a broader effort by Heart to Heart International and Americares to support healthcare resources on Maui in the wake of the wildfires. Both organizations have also provided medications, medical supplies and other support to healthcare providers on the island.
This project is an example of organizations working together to amplify their impact, reach more people in need, and create a lasting positive impact on communities.