Ansamn ansamn, nou pi fo! Together, together we are stronger. Haitian Proverb
2017 La Gonâve Haiti Partners Conference

Partners from Haiti and across the southeastern United States met the last weekend of July at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA for the annual meeting to discuss healthcare, education, economic development and infrastructure on the island of La Gonâve.

Following are the comments and reflections from the Haitian Leadership Team:

FROM REV. FATHER JEAN MADOCHÉ VIL, EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND IN-COUNTRY PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR …

Cultural differences are often difficult to understand. Keeping in mind that we are all children of God helps us to see through cultural barriers. It is important to live with what you have, to live with faith that things will improve. Poverty is an every day reality, but Haitians love to share – not looking for things to own, just looking to live a full life.

FROM MR. EDBUCHE FONEIS, SUPERINTENDENT OF 10 EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS …

The partnership brings hope and change to La Gonâve: salary for teachers, training for teachers, daily hot meals for students and teachers, provision of school uniforms, and medical care such as deworming. As is the case with US parents and parents around the world, Haitian parents want success for their children. Education is the path to success.

FROM DR. SAINTANGE LAPOINTE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF BILL RICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER …

The Clinic Bill Rice is equipped with a very good staff, dynamic and very professional. We are making tremendous progress in statistics and quality of care. All this is due to the generosity of the partnership.

We continue our two well-known programs: the Mother-Child program and the Medika Mamba program. These two programs are highly appreciated by the whole Gonavian population because they help to reduce the maternal-infant mortality rate and raise many children out of their state of malnutrition.

 

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