Schools at all levels are open in the north and catching up on lost lessons. That includes Institute Marantha’s primary and secondary classes, the professional school, adult education classes, plus the Maroquee School, Beaujoint School and Carmilot Primary (all of which your gifts sponsor). Have a look at some of Maranatha’s 1,250 primary and secondary students!
The crops of a garden such as Maranatha’s are varied and traditional, most might be found in a family’s subsistence plot: beans, peas, melon, spinach, plantain, bananas, manioc, tomatoes and carrots. Citrus trees of many types, coconut palms, breadfruit and mangoes may line the fences. Rice, the major source of calories is not in the common garden because of its great water requirements (sad to say, most of Haiti’s rice is imported from the U.S. not grown in Haiti) The Maranatha Institute agronomist is overseeing their new and expansive garden.
People sometimes ask us about the hen/egg business. It is an interesting adventure. Over the past year eggs have been distributed, usually without cost, throughout the community. The original gang of 150 hens has gradually lessened, but are still producing 75 to 90 eggs per day. Hens that have passed their laying years become solid nutrition in the orphanage. And new hens are on the way!
Our best and most sincere wishes from everyone at Institute Maranatha and the Ford Haitian Foundation. May the year 2021 bring you and your loved ones peace and comfort.