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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Over the last two weeks much of Haiti was closed down with transportation strikes and barricades of burning tires blocking roadways.
The protesters directed their anger towards politicians who approved an unpopular budget earlier this month that raises taxes on products including cigarettes, alcohol, fuel and passports.
Most shops were closed, as were schools because students could not get to class.
Haiti's President, Jovenel Moise, says the money raised will go back to the people in improved infrastructure and services. But the protesters are threatening more violence in the future unless the taxes are retracted.
We ask you to please keep Haiti in your prayers.
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It is Saturday and school is out for students and their teachers here and in Haiti. But for these preschoolers and their teacher, Juillet Lillane, that doesn't mean sleeping late, a family trip to IHOP or going to a football game. Saturday for these children means they may not get a hot lunch today. For their teacher it means a chance to work another job to try to make ends meet.
Thanks to your support, La Gonave Haiti Partners was able to increase our teachers salaries a little bit this year, but we need the continued help of all of our partners to make sure we cover all the monthly expenses for the school year.
For more information about what LGHP provides each month please read our 2016 annual report at lagonavepartners.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/laganove-ANNUAL-REPORT-2016.pdf
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