How a small tattoo may be helping people in Haiti walk again

Sara Wasouf / March 5, 2020

Medical Technician Clayton Bundschuh started a fundraiser in an effort to raise money for medical aid in Haiti. But this time, it’s not a typical fundraiser — it’s done through tattoos.

Tattoo artist Andrew Midtskau offered his shop for the day to tattoo people in exchange for $80 per tattoo. People all over the Lower Mainland gathered at Tabua Tattoo Company in Burnaby to contribute to the cause.

“If it means that I give up one day and somebody gets a cool tattoo out of it… and I love tattooing so yeah, it works out good.”

The money raised would go to a man named Wilfrid Macena who is a prosthetic technician in Haiti. Macena lost his leg in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and soon after, started making prosthetics. 10 years after the earthquake, he says people are still affected.

“We still have people from the earthquake who need prosthetics because when you see someone with a prosthetic, especially for the children, every 6 months we need to adjust their leg so they’re growing out, their feet are getting bigger.”

Macena now believes it is his mission to help people walk.

“I figure out it’s a calling from god, helping other people because if I learn how to make a leg and I saw children walking in cruches, that amake me feel bad because I can do everything I drive biciycle and motorcycle and anything I can do with walk with my foot for very long distances.”

Bundschuh and Macena met in 2012 when Bundschuh was volunteering in a hospital in Haiti. Now the two are working with a charity called Hope to Walk that focuses on making prosthetics out of cheap materials. A prosthetic leg would usually cost $10,000 – $20,000, whereas the organization is making it for $100.

Now Clayton and Andrew are making walking possible again for the people of Haiti.

“Everybody gets to walk away with a piece of art on their body that represents hope and helping these people.”

WIlfrid Macena (left) and Clayton Bundschuh (right) working together in Haiti.

(Clayton Bundschuh)