Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti

HAS - the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer

William Larimer Mellon Jr, son of a famous oil and banking family in the USA, was married , the father of three children and a successful rancher when, aged thirty-seven, he read a LIFE magazine article about Dr. Albert Schweitzer's life and work and his philosophy of Reverence for Life. He was so inspired and impressed that he immediately wrote to Dr. Schweitzer. Thus began a life-long relationship and correspondence between the two men, which led to both Larry and his wife Gwendolyn entering the medical profession and establishing a hospital together in Haiti, one of the poorest counties in the world. 

They both visited 'Le Grand Docteur' at Lambarene and he gave permission for his name to be used for their project.

There, in the region of Deschapelles, the "Hôpital Albert Schweitzer" (HAS) is now an outstanding humanitarian institution, bearing the words "Reverence for Life" above the main entrance. We have supported this hospital, all be it with relatively small donations, since 1995.

During the massive destruction in Haiti caused by the earthquake in 2010, HAS suffered only mild damage and was able to help as one of the only functioning hospitals for many months. Now, with strong support from the Diaspora in Switzerland, a solar panel installation covering most of the extensive roofs of the hospital buildings has just been completed and renders the hospital entirely energy self sufficient. You can find more information at < 




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It is the lives of our children and grandchildren we shape by our actions. The cultivation of values is an essential ingredient of educational activity and one we at RfLUK try to foster where we can.

In 2005 RfLUK helped the children of a primary school in Hertfordshire in the UK turn a piece of derelict land into an award-winning Reverence for Life Garden which still thrives.

Reverence for Life UK (incorporating Dr. Schweitzer’s Hospital Fund) is a registered charity in the UK. Charity No. 1102057