The hunger in the countryside is profound. Both Ford Haitian Foundation and our partner the Haiti Mission Foundation are sponsoring food distributions as our budgets allow, though we are currently beyond budget. Our Haitian directors select the families most in need in the community for these gifts of food. Below are a few recipients of a recent distribution. Additional images can be found on our Facebook page.
Schools are temporarily closed in Haiti by decree of the Education Ministry but learning goes on, as it must. Adult education classes proceed: the professional school continues to offer tailoring, carpentry, welding, and now electrical/solar maintenance training. All classes are filled to the brim. In addition, weekend classes in safe food preparation and hygiene are well attended.
CHOLERA, very sad to say, is epidemic again in many parts of Haiti—primarily in the Port-au-Prince area. When clean water is in short supply due to chaos, this ugly bacterial water-borne illness may reappear. There have been thousands of cases and many deaths. Vigorous education projects and above all, wells, are critical for stemming such disasters. Our foundation has drilled many dozens of wells in the Grison-Garde community over the years. No cases are reported in our community! See photo below of local "anti-cholera activists" gathering at a well provided by YOUR donations.
Thank you for your continued support, and we hope 2023 brings better conditions for dear old Haiti!