The US - Haitian Partnership on la Gonave Island: The last 20 years
God at work on the island of la Gonave, Haiti. <ul><li>The Partnership Program between the US and the Episcopal Church on the island of la Gonave, Haiti began in 1988 in Anse a Galets, the capital city of the island. A church and rectory were there but in great disrepair. </li></ul><ul><li>A school was started as soon as possible and </li></ul><ul><li>a wall was built to provide a boundary around </li></ul><ul><li>the compound. </li></ul>
The mother church of the island (St. Francis of Assisi) in 1988.
St. Francis of Assisi Church and the new school building as seen from the main street in 1992. The wall that surrounds the compound is beautifully decorated inside and out.
In 1992 the school buildings in the compound are going up quickly. But, no blue paint, no second story yet.
The School’s administrative building on 1 st floor and classrooms on the 2 nd floor in 1994.
The school administrative building in 1995. Notice the cinder blocks that have been hand made, waiting to expand the church.
The expansion of the church began in 1995. The number of students enrolled in school was expanding as well!
The expansion of St. Francis of Assisi in 1999.
The church expansion was loosely modeled after St. Philip’s in Charleston, designed by the priest in charge at the time, Father Valdema, and built by Haitians using indigenous materials and craftsmanship.
Inside the church in 2006 during a kindergarten graduation.
St. Francis of Assisi Kindergarten Graduation 2007
Construction of churches and schools also began all over the island. <ul><li>There are 10 Episcopal churches with adjoining schools scattered about the island—only one ordained priest. </li></ul><ul><li>Each church has a lay pastor for their church and a headmaster for the school. </li></ul><ul><li>The first church to be built was up in the mountains in an area called Plaine Mapou. The church-St. John the Baptist. </li></ul>
St. Jean the Baptiste began around 1990-one cinder block at a time.
Everything was hand made by the Haitians themselves.
They just need help acquiring the resources. Haitians have the man power, the skills, and the time.
It takes a lot of paint to cover all those raw cinder blocks.
The Bill Rice Health Clinic (dedicated in 2000) <ul><li>The clinic is centrally located at Nouvelle Cite. Many Haitians visit the clinic regularly for check-ups and screenings. </li></ul><ul><li>There are community health workers based at the clinic who are trained to go out to the communities all over the island to teach healthy practices and administer the nutrition program. </li></ul><ul><li>There are children in each community enrolled in the nutrition plan. The babies are weighed regularly, given vitamin supplements and a specially prepared food. This has dramatically reduced malnutrition in the areas being served but more nurses and materials are needed. </li></ul>
The Clinic is vital to all of the programs of the partnership One of the dental chairs. The front door to the clinic. Little girl patient on IV at the clinic-2009
Carmel Valdema helped develop the nutritional supplement that is vital to the success of the nutrition program.
The Old Clinic Pharmacy (1999) inside and out.
Solar panels on the roof of the health clinic and the batteries they charge provide necessary lighting in the interior rooms.
The Goat Project is another project that is helping to change the island for the better. <ul><li>A parishioner is given a pregnant goat after receiving training about the care of the goat and how the program works. </li></ul><ul><li>The goat has more goats. </li></ul><ul><li>The new goats provide food and milk, and they can be sold for income. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the baby goats is returned to the project to keep it going. </li></ul>
This is the enclosure where the goats are kept. It is located near the clinic where the training for the program takes place.
This is one of the large Nubian goats that was imported to mate with the Haitian goats. The hybrid goats are healthier and meatier.
The goats and the Haitians are participating. And the program is growing and successful.
Pwojet Famn-Women’s Project <ul><li>This project is specifically for women. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a little like a technical school for high school age and up. </li></ul><ul><li>The ladies learn various cottage industries like sewing, jewelry making, cake decorating, cooking, and marketing skills. </li></ul><ul><li>They also gain self esteem and learn life and family planning skills. </li></ul>
Sewing Beading This is Dr. Sandy Chai who helped start the program and maintains it in the states. She helps train the ladies in beading and sewing and is working on selling their products in the states. Cooking
One of our partnership goals is to help the ladies market their beautiful handmade items more broadly.
Pwojet Famn (Women’s Project) First Graduating Class- Class of 2004
PUSH stands for the Program for University Sponsorship in Haiti. <ul><li>Since 1988, we have built elementary schools at each of the 10 churches on the island. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the brightest of the elementary students are now able to attend high school at St. Francis of Assisi in the capital city of Anse a Galets. </li></ul><ul><li>And thanks to PUSH, we are now able to send the brightest of the high school students to college on the mainland in Port au Prince. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no colleges on the island. One of our plans for the future is a technical college on the island. </li></ul>
Here are some of the students who have been a part of PUSH. Michel Cenatus- graduated from medical school after 6 years. Now in his residency Napolean Johnson-graduated with medical technician degree. Volmy Exilien- electrical engineering
The Music Education Program <ul><li>Music calms the soul </li></ul><ul><li>Music is an international language </li></ul><ul><li>Music education is good for the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Music enhances ones life </li></ul><ul><li>Music is one way to praise the Lord </li></ul>
Music is an international language. It creates unity and teamwork
Music education begins in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi. The various bands and choirs are an important part of all Haitian activities.
New instruments, proper storage, and the tools to properly maintain them are needed.
This is a few of the many changes that have occurred on la Gonave <ul><li>Please come with us. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not need any special talents only a </li></ul><ul><li>loving smile and a heart for the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>But you really can’t imagine it until you have </li></ul><ul><li>touched it, smelled it, tasted it, and seen it </li></ul><ul><li>with your own eyes and heart. </li></ul>