Ansamn ansamn, nou pi fo! Together, together we are stronger. Haitian Proverb

NEWS FROM LA GONÂVE, HAITI

TOTAL OF 1865 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN 9 DEPARTMENTS OF HAITI WITH 41 DEATHS AND 24 RECOVERED SINCE MARCH 19, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dr. Saintange Lapointe of Bill Rice Community Health Center on the Haitian island of Gonâve reports that there are no recorded cases of COVID-19 on the island. La Gonâve Haiti Partners is working with other organizations on the island to secure masks and gloves for the staff at Bill Rice. Dr. Lapointe sends “a thousand thanks” to the many who have donated towards the purchase of PPE. 

Special Delivery

You are familiar with the Haitian proverb … Men anpil chay pa lou. “Many hands make the load lighter.” It took many hands working together to turn a dream of Father Jean Madoché Vil, our Haitian partner, into a reality. For years, Pere Vil wished for an older model MACK truck that could be used for construction projects on la Gonâve. First, La Gonâve Haiti Partners searched across the United States for the exact model. It was eventually found in West Virginia and the truck’s owner graciously stored it while the partnership searched for transportation to Haiti. Next, a U.S. company agreed to ship the truck from Florida to Port St. Marc, a Haitian port closer to la Gonâve. In July, a silent auction at La Gonâve Haiti Partners 2019 Annual Conference raised the funds to cover the cost of shipping the truck and having it clear customs. The truck arrived at the St. Francis compound on Tuesday, April 28 at 10PM.

Transportation of equipment and supplies is very limited on la Gonâve. The roads are rocky and dusty with narrow switchbacks up and down mountainsides. The rugged MACK truck will haul sand, gravel and concrete to construction sites for building cisterns, latrines and school kitchens in remote communities. Thank you to the donors who helped make the dream a reality!

Fighting COVID-19 on la Gonâve

In April, our Haitian partner, Father Vil, made an emergency request of the partnership to help combat the spread of the coronavirus and other serious illnesses on la Gonâve. He wished to extend the household water purification system called Gayden Dlo to 800 new households on the island.  He said that clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing was an important step to slow the spread of COVID-19. The partnership quickly sent funds to purchase 800 buckets and 50 cases of the liquid chlorine product manufactured in Leogane, Haiti by Deep Springs International. The supplies have already arrived on la Gonâve and a plan is being implemented to get the water purification system out to the families that are the most vulnerable. If you wish to participate in the program, go to “Support Needed” on the website under “Get Involved” to help.

Words of Encouragement from Father Vil

“God bless the partnership and our work! We need to come back to the normal life, but we need to be patient too. Let God lead everything. I pray for all our friends in the partnership in this difficult time of our life. You are in our prayers on la Gonâve.” 

Stay Strong and in Prayer!

 

Click here to download the pattern for your personal mask.

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Join with families on the Haitian island of la Gonave to stop the spread of COVID-19. With no ICU beds and limited medical facilities available, the people know that prevention is the best medicine. #healthcarehaiti

Rev. Jean Madoché Vil, our Haitian partner, has already distributed 800 household water purifications systems to vulnerable families. HE NEEDS MANY, MANY MORE. Your donation of $10 buys one 5 gallon bucket with lid and tap for water. A gift of $16 provides a case of 48 bottles of Gayden Dlo, the liquid chlorine solution that safely and quickly cleans water for washing hands, drinking and cooking.

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Kesha walked to Bill Rice Community Health Center with her grandmother, looking for help. Dr. Lapointe, the Haitian medical director and doctor at the clinic, realized the young girl had a serious eye infection and needed surgery immediately. Donors from Charleston, SC helped to raise the funds for her medical treatment in Port-au-Prince. Kesha has now recovered from her surgery and has returned home to la Gonâve.

JOIN WITH US to make sure that medical treatment and preventive healthcare are available to the people of la Gonâve, Haiti. Go to lagonavepartners.kindful.com TODAY and GIVE.
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Once a dream … now a reality. Thanks to many of you, La Gonâve Haiti Partners was able to locate, purchase and ship a 1986 model, single-axle MACK truck to the Haitian island of Gonâve.

Transportation of equipment and supplies is very limited on la Gonâve. The roads are rocky, dusty and narrow switchbacks up and down mountainsides. The rugged MACK truck will haul sand, gravel and concrete to construction sites for building cisterns, latrines and school kitchens in remote communities.
#educationhaiti, #healthcarehaiti

THANK YOU for your continued support. Visit lagonavepartners.org for the latest news from la Gonâve.
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Families on la Gonâve struggle to have clean water for washing, drinking and cooking at home. Clean water is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other serious illnesses in Haiti.

There is a simple solution, and it's called "Gayden Dlo," a liquid chlorine product made in Haiti. One capful cleans a 5 gallon bucket of water in 30 minutes. La Gonâve Haiti Partners is working with the Episcopal Church of Haiti to distribute buckets and bottles of "Gayden Dlo" to households on the Haitian island of Gonâve.

Go to lagonaveparters.org for the latest news from la Gonâve, Haiti. JOIN US in providing clean water for families on la Gonâve with a donation TODAY at lagonavepartners.kindful.com.
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A message from Pere Jean Madoché Vil, St. Francis Parish in Anse-a-Galets, on the Haitian island of Gonâve:

I send to you my prayers and greetings in this critical time where the whole World is suffering because of this pandemic of Coronavirus which challenges the world of humans. Once again, as creatures of God, we are facing our limits. More than ever our life is fragile. In all of this, we are convinced God will not rejoice in our misfortunes. He is God of love. He will take us across this desert of death and pull us out of our abyss. (Psalm 130; Ezekiel 37, 1-14)

Que l”Eternel te bénisse, et qu'ill te garde! Que l'Eternel fasse luire sa face sur toi, et qu”il t'accorde sa grâce! Nombres 6:24-25

May the Lord bless you and keep you! May the Lord shine his face on you, and grant you his grace! Numbers 6: 24-25
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A message from Pere Ricot Geffrard, St. Croix Parish in Nouvelle Cité, on the Haitian island of Gonâve:

Today, thousands of victims are counted around the world. In Haiti, the Ministry of Public Health has just confirmed 30 positive cases, including 2 deaths, and hundreds of suspected cases. Many worries and questions still arise. The hour is serious. We are living in a time of great difficulty. It is rare to find masks, gloves, protective clothing, etc. I encourage you to keep the Faith, to follow the rules and instructions of government authorities, health authorities and to be ever vigilant as we encourage everyone here on la Gonâve. #healthcarehaiti

We move forward with courage. God is with us and our family is united. "Men anpil chay pa lou". Many hands make light the load. Let us always keep the Faith, Let us pray without ceasing. Let us have courage to continue the road through the desert to a vibrant new life with Christ.
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We send our deepest gratitude to the healthcare workers around the world. We salute your tireless commitment and unwavering dedication to the well-being of all people. #healthcarehaiti,

In particular, on the Haitian island of la Gonâve, we thank the doctors, nurses, midwives, lab technicians, pharmacists, community healthworkers, madrones and housekeeping staff of Bill Rice Community Health Center. YOU ARE AMAZING!!

Donate today to lagonavepartners.kindful.com to help insure that needed medicines and supplies are available on la Gonâve.
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