Lean For Haiti

I want to share with you a message I recived from a friend and a collegue Mark Graban.

Dear Friends-

Today marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.

Last year, I was fortunate to meet a special person – Russell Maroni, an x-ray tech at Akron Children’s Hospital. He volunteered in Haiti for 15 days in February 2010 as part of the earthquake relief efforts. He was unexpectedly, and necessarily, pressed into service in a medical role, not only caring for patients, but also using his formal lean training from ACH to help improve processes and radiology patient throughput at a field hospital.

Russell wrote a very compelling, and very personal, journal during his time in Haiti. He and his colleagues took many pictures. We are sharing this all in a PDF eBook that we are freely distributing – to share the story and to create awareness for Haiti relief needs. We are asking people who read the book to consider donating to the Friends of the Orphans, which runs an orphanage in Haiti.

The journal isn’t mainly a “lean story,” although it does include his hand-drawn A3 plan. It’s a very personal story, of his own prayer and contemplation of the trip, and his experiences in the midst of that tragedy.

I hope you will consider spreading the word about this project to your readers and/or listeners – on blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, radio, etc.

To read more, go to http://www.LeanForHaiti.org, which has links to the PDF and our social media sites. If you have ideas for helping promote this, to hopefully make it “viral” in the Lean community, please let me know. We can kaizen the site and the book itself.

If you can help support this online, please share a link to any blog posts, etc. and I’ll list you and your site on the “Supporters of This Project” page on our site. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


I first want to thank Mark for the email and taking initiative on spreading the word. This is my small way of trying to help any way I can.

I would also like to note that Lean is a great system to help non-profits and to help with deliver of services to people who need it most. Let’s do what we can to help people who need it most.

Here are some other places to donate besides http://www.LeanForHaiti.org :

If you have any questions please let me know and I’ll make sure we find an answer.
Thank You,
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