Many of the rebuilding projects on La Gonâve are now complete. The roof at the church at Bois Brule has been rebuilt. The wall the Bill Rice Community Health Center has also been rebuilt, thicker and stronger, to prevent mudslides from the hill outside. The sanctuary at St. Francis has new supports. The compound at St. Francis is stacked with building materials to rebuild the wall.
Those are projects that we can see and photograph. We are still hard at work helping to rebuild the spirit and economy on La Gonâve. Since the heavy rains of the hurricane, it has been incredibly dry and dust coats everything.
An ongoing struggle that predates the hurricane is the devaluation of the Haitian currency. The currency has continued to erode in value while the cost of everything increases. Yet there is much to celebrate. Children giggle and play. Gardens are producing again. We are moving quickly to install guttering and rain barrels at 5 schools before the rainy season begins. Two young men in the secondary school are teaching English to elementary students. Maestro Alex gives music lessons daily. Prenatal clinics are reaching more and more women. To date, we have used $105,898 of your donations on rebuilding and relief. We are in the last phase of rebuilding and are turning our attention to our ongoing programs of supporting schools, providing school lunches, expanding healthcare and offering micro finance opportunities.
Please know how grate we are for your support – you made the impossible possible. We invite you to continue on this journey with us, to stay in touch, and to travel to Haiti with us one day.
Treasurer, La Gonâve Haiti Partners
Your gifts have provided the following:
- $47,328 for repairs to schools and churches
- $36,000 for emergency food relief
- $14,000 to help families whose homes were damaged or destroyed
- $6,000 to replace goats
- $4,400 to treat children’s malnutrition