CBM Physiotherapist Peter Skelton, has returned from Haiti where he has been helping to rehabilitate the thousands of people with disabilities.
Peter has been assisting CBM's work in Port-au-Prince in the wake of the powerful earthquake that devastated the area on January 12, 2010.
As part of our Emergency Team, he has been providing essential rehabilitation to those who have received crush and limb injuries or amuptations as a result of the quake, or who were already disabled and are in need of support.
Peter's career has been driven toward working in International Relief Work for the past 10 years. He has worked in England, India, Ghana, and Zambia.
Working in India, his thesis on HIV and AIDS intervention for deaf students won the Academic Award that year from the Health and Human Science Department of Durham University. Following his successful work in India, Peter worked in Ghana as a project coordinator for the charity 'Right to Play'.
"I was excited about joining CBM because I wanted to get out to Haiti from a humanitarian perspective and in particular to put my physiotherapy skills to use in a setting with such urgent need" - Peter Skelton.
CBM in Haiti
The CBM UK supported Centre d'Education Special (CES) was reduced to rubble during the earthquake, and sadly there were two casualties amongst its staff.
The building will have to be demolished - leaving a huge gap in the provision of essential education and rehabilitation for children and adults with disabilities. In the meantime, we have established Day Care Centres with our partner to provide basic treatment and support.
CBM has been working with local partners in Haiti since 1976, and will continue to work there to provide essential rehabilitation to people with disabilities for the long term.
So far, Peter Skelton is the second of three UK-based Physiotherapists who have travelled to Port-au-Prince to work with CBM's Emergency Team. The other physiotherapists from the UK are David Young and Pippa Froggatt.
With your support, we can help people with disabilities in Haiti today, tomorrow and for the long term.