The Island of La Gonave, Haiti
La Gonave Island (French: Ile de la Gonave) is an island of Haiti located to the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonave. It is the largest of the Hispaniolan satellite islands situated off the mainland. The island is an arrondissement, La Gonave Arrondissement, in the Quest Department of Haiti and includes the communities of Anse-a-Galet and Poine-a-Raquette.
Haiti has been called “the land that the world forgot” and La Gonave has been called “the land that Haiti forgot.”Made up of mostly limestone, the reef-fringed island of La Gonave is 37 miles long and 9 miles wide and covers an area of 287 square miles. The island is mostly barren and hilly with the highest point reaching 2,552 ft. The island gets anywhere from 31.2 to 62.4 inches of rain a year, the higher areas getting the most. Mostly agricultural, the island’s main issues are deforestation (cutting wood to gather for fuel), overgrazing and water resources (the latter two being impacted by the dry season). They affect all of the 80,000 residents who live there making it difficult to farm and feed their families
In spite of being know as the “poorest of the poor” the people of La Gonave are also know as a gentle and generous community. They are eager to gain work and education for themselves and their children. The La Gonave-Haiti Partnership has a twenty year history of working side by side with the people of La Gonave to see this become a reality.
We have partnered in areas of medical care, agriculture, education, public health, water and child/maternal nutrition. Progress is evident, but there is more to do. Because of the size of the island and the peoples’ initiative we have seen that we can make a lasting difference there. Please consider joining us in this important work.