“Lean for Haiti” Book – Charity Fundraising Project

Russell Maroni's Journal: After the Haiti Earthquake: A Healthcare Missionary's Personal Journal

This page is the home for a fundraising project called “Lean For Haiti.”

We are hoping that people will read a personal journal written by Russell Maroni, an x-ray technician from Akron Children's Hospital who volunteered in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

After the Haiti Earthquake copy

The publication “After the Haiti Earthquake: A Healthcare Missionary's Personal Journal” is now available on the Kindle platform for easy downloading and reading on the Amazon Kindle devices and platform.


All proceeds, after Amazon fees, will be donated to Friends of the Orphans and an accounting for sales and funds will be provided here on this site.

Affiliate link proceeds from Amazon will also be donated.

Russell's A3

Russell's A3 improvement document can be downloaded as PDF:

Haiti A3 Document

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More on A3 reporting from the Sloan Management Review.

About This Project

From the publisher, Mark Graban:

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the author of this journal, Russell Maroni, in March, 2010 as part of a visit to Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio.

I first heard of him over a dinner where the hospital's Chief Operating Officer was positively glowing about Russell – about both the selfless volunteer work that he performed in Haiti and his use of his training in the “lean” methodology and the “A3 report” that he wrote about the trip. For more about lean, see pages 6 and 7.

The next day, at the hospital, I was able to meet Russell in the radiology department. We chatted and I was impressed with him as an earnest, humble man.

I asked Russell if he would be willing to share his journal and his A3 as part of an effort to raise much-needed funds for Haiti's ongoing recovery. Russell graciously shared his very personal journal and we brainstormed about how to share this in a way that would best help Haiti. I am ashamed that I dragged out this process so long, but Russell couldn't have been more patient or kind about my delays in getting this published.

As you read Russell's journey, it's not at all a textbook about the use of “lean” management methods and philosophies – it's a very personal journal and one that really transports you to the middle of a global catastrophe. You will read about Russell's leadership during this desperate situation and you will be uplifted by his efforts to both teach the Haitians he ended up working with in a medical capacity.

We have published Russell's journal as he wrote it, with very minimal editing. All photos were taken by Russell or his fellow volunteers and you can find his A3 summary at the end of this document.


Thank you for your interest in supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.


We have a formal arrangement to allow readers of Russell's journal to donate directly to our chosen charity, using a special link that will allow us to tally the total donations received through this project.

Please click to donate directly to Friends of the Orphans.

We are distributing the e-Book / PDF for free with the hopes of generating donations. We will encourage anybody who wants to support this project to send the file to their friends, post it on their blogs, etc.


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All photos copyright Russell Maroni or used with permission.

The Haiti Earthquake

From Wikipedia:

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicentre near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-PrinceHaiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.[5][6]

By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded.[7] An estimated three million people were affected by the quake;[8] the Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless.[9][10] They also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.[11]

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