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Kindred Journey - 2017 Review


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Provides a detailed summary of the various activities undertaken in Haiti during 2017 using funds donated through the Kindred Journey Fund, Inc.

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Kindred Journey - 2017 Review

  1. 1. With the Collaboration of Kindred Journey and Friends Throughout the World
  2. 2. General Information about Haiti • First independent black republic in the Western Hemisphere (1804) • Similar in size to Belgium • Approximately 10 million inhabitants • Former “Pearl of the West Indies”, but devastated by colonial exploitive practices and ecological crises
  3. 3. General Information about Haiti • Population is predominantly agricultural • For the most part, people are unable to meet their own needs at this time • There is a general lack of formation leading to skilled employment • The ecosystem of Haiti is in crisis • Water presents a major problem throughout the country
  4. 4. Brief History of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation in Haiti • The Little Brothers of the Incarnation was founded by Brother Francklin Armand in 1976 • The Little Sisters of the Incarnation was co- founded by Brother Francklin Armand and Sister Emmanuelle Victor in 1984 • There are 72 brothers and sisters distributed throughout 15 different fraternities in Haiti, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic
  5. 5. Current fraternities in Haiti PFI=Little Brothers of the Incarnation PSI=Little Sisters of the Incarnation
  6. 6. Brother Francklin Armand and Sister Emmanuelle Victor
  7. 7. Brother Francklin Armand • A man of faith called to be a peasant amidst his fellow peasants • Believes in restoring the dignity of the Haitian peasant through education, access to health care, social services and justice, access to natural resources, accompanying the rural economy and the spiritual life. • Recognized as a “National Living Treasure” for the people of Haiti
  8. 8. The Little Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation in Haiti • The work of a lifetime—over 40 years and counting • Not a “not-for-profit”, but a tremendous force for human development none-the-less • An “enterprise” that employs over 1000 people in its various projects throughout the country • Their work affects hundreds of thousands of Haitians
  9. 9. Some of the projects undertaken by the fraternity in Haiti • Nutrition Centers • Elementary Schools • Library & Mobile Library • Vo-Tech Secondary Schools • Care of Orphaned Children • Agricultural Campus • Bee Keeping • Butchering & Transforming Meat
  10. 10. Some of the projects undertaken by the fraternity in Haiti • Livestock Credit Association • The Lake Project • Fish Farming • Purification of Lake Water for Drinking • Reforestation • Health Clinic and Birthing Center • Earthquake Refugee Resettlement • Radio Outreach • Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Retreat Center
  11. 11. The Nutrition Centers • 13 nutrition centers • Approximately 1,000 children, aged from 0 to 5 years are served • 4 meals per week are served to each child, their accompanying parent, and the staff • In addition to the meals cooked and served, the participants’ mothers receive educational instruction regarding nutrition, psychological support, and assistance with school and family issues • Children’s health status will be followed by a doctor, as well as the nutrition center staff. Routine vaccinations, and hospitalizations (when necessary) are included in this care • Kindred Journey funds ($100,000) have been used to help cover the costs for care of these children in 2017 • Sister Armelle writes that “the neediest children have increased in number, because we are actually experiencing a state of famine throughout the county at this moment in time! But the children must come first.”
  12. 12. Nutrition centers
  13. 13. Nutrition Centers
  14. 14. Nutrition Centers
  15. 15. The Elementary Schools • 8 elementary schools (approx. 2,500 students) • Overseen by the Little Sisters of the Incarnation • Students receive breakfast and lunch on school days (orphaned students receive additional meals and lodging, clothing, medical and psychological care etc.)
  16. 16. Incarnation Village & School • Incarnation Village is one of the locations where orphaned children have sought refuge since the earthquake of 2010 • The original cement school structure was damaged in the earthquake and is feared to be structurally unsound • It was replaced by two very large open steel buildings that have been engineered to resist any future earthquake activity • It is loosely partitioned into different classrooms on the inside
  17. 17. Incarnation Village & School
  18. 18. Incarnation Village School
  19. 19. Incarnation Village School
  20. 20. Elementary School at Layaye
  21. 21. Marie Educatrice School in Terre Casse
  22. 22. The fraternity’s mobile public library
  23. 23. and stationary public library…
  24. 24. Three Vo-Tech Secondary Schools • Academic secondary school education combined with hands-on practical instruction in various vocational trades • Time is divided between classroom instruction and practical experience so that each student will have the ability to make a living after graduation • Electricity, plumbing, masonry, carpentry, garment construction, embroidery, and auto mechanics, are just some of the courses
  25. 25. Three Vo-Tech Secondary Schools
  26. 26. Vo-Tech Secondary Schools
  27. 27. Care of Orphaned Children • Started with the agreement in 2004 between the Incarnation fraternities and the Haitian government to care for the “street children” of Port-au-Prince • The Haitian government neglected their duty towards this agreement and the children—defaulting on more payments than they ever made • 2010 post-earthquake added a large number of additional children to the group being cared for by the fraternity • Currently (2017) some 660 children are being cared for full time at 3 sites (separated according to gender and age of each child)
  28. 28. Orphanage at Dos Palais
  29. 29. Solar energy collector at the orphanage in Dos Palais
  30. 30. Nazareth orphanage in Leogane
  31. 31. Agricultural Campus • The project most recently launched by the fraternity in the Central Plateau area • Focus is on forming agricultural entrepreneurs • Recognition of farmers and farming as a valuable asset to society • Helping student farmers to learn new techniques to increase their production and income
  32. 32. Agricultural Campus
  33. 33. Agricultural Campus
  34. 34. Bee Keeping
  35. 35. Butchering & Transforming Meats • Slaughterhouse and weighing station in Pandiassou • Walk in refrigerator/freezer in butcher shop • Heavy duty grinder and slicer for transforming meat into hamburger & sausages etc. • Point of sale in Pandiassou and Port-au-Prince • Refrigerated truck for transport of product to Port-au-Prince
  36. 36. Butchering & Transforming Meats
  37. 37. Butcher Apprenticeship
  38. 38. Butcher Shop
  39. 39. Livestock Credit Association • Farmer is given a pregnant cow or goat and agrees to pay the first off-spring back to the association • If first off-spring is a female, it is passed on to the next farmer when it is fertile/ if it is a male, it is sold for meat in the market when it gets to a suitable size, and the money is reinvested in female cows or goats which are then “loaned out” to others • All subsequent birth animals belong to the individual farmer since the credit/debt has been paid off
  40. 40. Livestock Credit Association
  41. 41. The Fraternity Bakeries • Currently in two locations • Provide an income stream for the fraternities • A potentially profitable road to self- sufficiency in the future • Provides local employment
  42. 42. The Fraternity Bakeries
  43. 43. The Fraternity Bakeries
  44. 44. The Lake Project • Water is both a solution and a problem • Only 10% of rainfall in Haiti is utilized, the remainder has the potential to cause floods, mudslides, damage to crops, and to create problems • Through the initiative of the Incarnation fraternities, over 225 artificial lakes have now been created throughout Haiti (2017) • This has provided water for household use, livestock raising, irrigation of land, fish-farming, and finally, a truly high quality of drinking water
  45. 45. Lakes for water
  46. 46. Lakes for water
  47. 47. Lakes for water
  48. 48. Lakes for irrigation of farmland
  49. 49. and all the little fishes…
  50. 50. that grow…
  51. 51. and grow…
  52. 52. into tasty BIG fishes…
  53. 53. Lake water purification project • An ultra-filtration system of water purification was installed in Pandiassou in 2010 • Since July of that year it has produced a very high quality of drinking water (according to laboratory analysis) • This system is able to produce 50 cubic meters of water per day and to meet the needs of between 5,000 and 10,000 inhabitants
  54. 54. Transforming lake water into drinking water at 3 additional locations • Petite Place Cazeau (Port-au-Prince) – 1 school, 1 fountain, 2 sales kiosk – 1,000 to 2,000 people serviced • Tierra Muscady – 1 school, 1 fountain, 1 sales kiosk – 1,000 to 2,000 people serviced • Darlegrand – 3 schools, 1 fountain, 1 sales kiosk – 1,000 to 2,000 people serviced
  55. 55. Water Purification Project for students at Incarnation Village-School • A new project was begun this year (2017) that makes use of a reverse-osmosis system to purify water • Funds from Kindred Journey ($8,000) were used to purchase and install the necessary equipment at the school so that the students would have high-quality drinking water
  56. 56. Lake water purification project 3 more locations at the present time
  57. 57. Lake water purification project
  58. 58. Lake water purification project
  59. 59. Lake water purification project
  60. 60. Reforestration projects • Counteract the centuries of abuse and deforestation • Replanting denuded areas • Planting of fruit trees to provide fruit for consummation • Planting around new lake sites to prevent erosion of soil into the lakes • Provides teaching moments for the general population against cutting trees indiscriminately
  61. 61. Reforestration projects
  62. 62. Reforestration projects
  63. 63. The Health Clinic and The Birthing Center in Terre Casse • Provides health care to inhabitants of the surrounding areas • Includes a dispensary/pharmacy for needed medications • Staffed full-time by a doctor and nurse • Has electricity available 24/7 • Serves as a home-base for outreach medical missions into remote mountain villages
  64. 64. The Health Clinic and The Birthing Center in Terre Casse
  65. 65. Health care in the clinic and mobile care in remote villages
  66. 66. The earthquake created a refugee problem—the fraternity responded • A large influx of refugees from Port-au-Prince, fleeing the wreckage of the city, arrived in the Central Plateau in 2010 • The fraternities were asked to assume temporary responsibility for their care • Tents were erected on the property of the secondary Vo-Tech school as temporary housing • More permanent housing was provided years later for those who decided to settle long-term in the area
  67. 67. The earthquake created a refugee problem—the fraternity responded Tents installed on the terrain of the Vo- Tech school in Pandiassou Earthquake images from P-Au-P
  68. 68. Houses later constructed for earthquake refugees who stayed in Pandiassou
  69. 69. Fraternity radio outreach stations in Terre Casse and Saintard • Broadcast content supervised by the fraternity—The University of the People • Opportunity for catechesis and outreach • Spirituality of Charles de Foucauld imbues the choice of content • Opportunity for Br. Francklin Armand to share thoughts and teachings with the surrounding population
  70. 70. Radio outreach stations
  71. 71. The Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Retreat Center at Saintard • Dual purpose: – To provide an affordable retreat location for groups seeking a meeting and worship space in a relaxed setting – To provide an income stream with a view to self- sufficiency of the fraternities in the future • Many possibilities: – Group or private retreats, days of recollection, welcome center for transformational travel groups, summer get-away camps, vacation Bible school etc. • Overseen by the Little Sisters
  72. 72. The Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Retreat Center at Saintard • Chapel for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament • Meeting rotunda for large groups • Dining facilities • Private, semi-private, family style rooms with bathroom • Dormitory-style rooms available for teen groups • Beach and swimming access available
  73. 73. The Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Retreat Center at Saintard
  74. 74. The Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Retreat Center at Saintard
  75. 75. 2017 Report on Saintard • When the Incarnation fraternity chose Saintard for the location of its retreat center, it was apparent that the area had almost no economic activity going on • With the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the majority of fishing boats belonging to local fishermen were destroyed and the population became even more vulnerable • Help was desperately needed
  76. 76. 2017 Report on Saintard • Brother Francklin, together with the Parish priests, the Pastoral Council, and several notable members of the local population met together to discuss the situation • As a result, the Incarnation fraternity has engaged in creating a number of activities that would generate income and help the population climb out of the desperate straights in which they found themselves
  77. 77. 2017 Report on Saintard • In part, the plan was to create immediate employment and to sell products wholesale to surrounding people who would then create a retail market with them and benefit from the proceeds • At the moment, 30 people are directly employed by the fraternity in Saintard— many more fall into the wholesale-to-retail category
  78. 78. 2017 Report for Kindred Journey • With the help of funds from Kindred Journey received during 2017, the following projects have begun and purchases are indicated in the following table ($142,000) • Funds received from Kindred Journey were also used for the 13 Nutrition Centers in the Central Plateau ($100,000) as well as for the installation and equipping of a reverse- osmosis water installation at the Incarnation Village-School complex serving 800 students ($8,000 used towards this project)
  79. 79. 2017 Report on Saintard with partial funds from Kindred Journey 1 generator $ 15,000 1 baker’s oven with $ 15,000 Equipment and materials necessary to start a bakery $ 20,000 3 refrigerated containers for cold drinks sales $ 30,000 1 cold chamber and store sales equipment $ 20,000 1 commercial robot-juicer for mango & other fruits $ 10,000 1 sales truck $ 17,000 Installation of the Community Radio Station and University of the People $ 15,000 TOTAL $ 142,000
  80. 80. 2017 Report on Saintard with general funding Other purchases made for the projects in Saintard during this time period 2 Freezers $ 1,500 5 Containers used as work spaces $ 17,500 1 machine that converts Breadfruit into flour $ 3,500 1 Chicken house plus 750 laying chickens $ 18,000 1 Pig house $ 6,000 Installation of Electricity by Electricity of Haiti $ 30,000 Installation of Credit Bureau Office (SOFISERVICES, S.A.) $ 25,000 TOTAL $ 105,500