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Wisconsinites aiding beleaguered Haiti

2011: The Milwaukee Journal has written an article about groups in Wisconsin that are doing good things in Haiti. The DIOMIL's Haiti Project is one of the groups highlighted. Read the article.

Ann Brophy returned from her April, 2010 trip and has posted a slideshow.

2010's devastating earthquake has put already desperate people in a hopeless situation.

Donate to our emergency relief fund - we'll use our resources on the ground in Haiti to help bring food, water and medical assistance to those in need.

Solidarity takes on a new meaning.

Dr. Jan Byrd gave an extensive interview to Wisconsin Eye. Watch this video [first profile on the page] to learn about the Haiti Project.

Channel 3000 Interviews Dr. Jan Byrd,
Molly & Christophe Nicaise and others
from Wisconsin about Haiti

Dr. Dopf is Back From Haiti

Dr. Craig Dopf, UW-Health Surgeon who practices at Meriter Hospital, has returned from Haiti. Dr. Elizabeth van Der Weide from the Haiti Project organized his trip and flew with him to Ft. Lauderdale and put him on the plane to Haiti. Meriter provided 165 pounds of medical supplies for his mission.

On WISC-TV Live at 5, Dr. Dopf recommended that people Donate to the Haiti Project's emergency relief fund: "If people donate to that fund, they can be assured it'll end up in the right hands."

Dr. Dopf and his wife, Krista, have posted news and photos of his mission on the Meriter Facebook page.

World Leader on Developing Nations, Dr. Paul Farmer talks to Amy Goodman about the impact of 2008's FOUR hurricanes on Haiti.

Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church --Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori -- visits Haiti.

Village of Jeannette The Haiti Project is comprised of an army of volunteers whose skill set is diverse; what joins us is our passion for humanity. Since the early 80's we've been working in partnership with a small and rural community called Jeannette.

Location -- Jeannette is located in the southern peninsula of Haiti. It is 70 miles, a perilous 5-hour drive, west of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Like many rural places, Jeannette is more of an area than actual town.
Living Conditions -- This rural community of about 15,000 people has houses on small plots of land. The houses are made of thatched and woven leaves or concrete block.

 

The typical Cinder Block House is 12 feet x 15 feet and has 1 or 2 rooms with a dirt floor.

Most cooking is done outside over a fire. There are usually only two or three beds in a home, for as many as six to ten people. Families have little money to spend on clothes. Most children have a school uniform, play clothes and a Sunday outfit that has been donated or passed down. There is no underground source of water available in Jeannette.

People rely on cisterns and often carry water for drinking, cooking and cleaning long distances in buckets on their heads. Without running water, Haitians wash clothes by hand in a small pail of water with a bar of soap. There is no electricity, although solar and wind panels and a generator run electricity to the School and Rectory. There is limited access to communication. Most information is passed on by word of mouth or cell phones / there are no land lines. National and world news is mostly heard on radio and a small handful of TV's.

Transportation -- Transportation is by walking, horse, donkey, bicycle or tap-tap bus. There are few motorized vehicles. Most roads in Haiti are rough and in need of repair. To get to school most students walk long distances, some more than an hour.

Economy -- Most living in Jeannette are subsistence farmers. People eat only what they can grow or can purchase with a limited income of less than $300 a year.

The market is a 2-hour walk down the mountain. With no refrigeration, meat is a luxury. Goat and chicken are eaten only on special occasions, so the main meal is usually rice, beans and sweet potatoes.

They grow mostly beans, corn, potatoes, yams, cabbage, eggplant, greens, okra, tomatoes, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, watermelon, coffee, and cocoa beans. Some families own chickens, pigs, goats, and a few have a donkey, horse and a cow.

With rampant food shortages in Haiti, it’s important to harvest food from ALL available food sources. One such valuable source is the Breadfruit. Breadfruit is one of the highest-yielding food plants, with a single tree producing 200 fruits per season. Breadfruit are rich in starch, and are roasted, baked, fried, or boiled. When cooked, they taste potato like and fresh baked bread (hence the name).

One problem with breadfruit is that they rot quickly. The Haiti Project has initiated a program that helps Haitians convert breadfruit into flour. Read more about the breadfruit program here. Another Haiti Project initiative is the Singing Rooster Haitian Coffee project.

Education -- Our largest single commitment is education: building the schools, paying teachers, and supplying textbooks and school supplies.

Today, St. Marcís has more than 650 students grades preschool through ninth grade. In 2003, 100% of the ninth graders passed national exams in a country where less than 50% pass nationwide. This is an outstanding accomplishment given the average education for most Haitians is third grade. Most children in Jeannette do not have books of their own. They share textbooks in school. Paper is a scarce. Typically, teachers write lessons on chalkboards and children learn through repetition and memorization.

It is not unusual for a classroom to have 50 children. We are grateful for our dedicated teachers. St. Marcís provides continuing education for their teachers to keep them up to national standards.

Today, The Haiti Project Provides Schooling
from preschool through grade 9 for over 650 students.

School was held outside before the new school was built in 1988.

New School, 1988

You can SEND a Haitian child to School.

1989 St. Marc's Clinic is built.

Our agriculture and vitamin programs have helped significantly to reduce cases of malnutrition.

Healthcare -- Jeannette has a clinic run by a doctor, nurses and health care workers. 2003 was the first year we were fortunate to have a doctor living and working in Jeannette for nine months doing community service in exchange for having her medical education paid by the Haitian government. Medicine is dispensed at the clinic pharmacy.

The clinic provides triage for patients who require more advanced medical care. These patients may be transferred to the St. Croix Hospital in nearby Leogane.

Clean Water -- Although numerous cisterns have been built by the Haiti Project, access to clean, potable water remains a high priority.

In 2003, the Haiti Project began collaborating with other groups and foundations who are doing wonderful things to fight third-world poverty. One such organization is the Gift of Water.

The Gift of Water developed a cost-effective solution for water purification. The purification process is simple and similar to most public systems in the United States.

Gift of Water in Haiti

The Purifier is composed of two 5 gallon buckets that detach. The top bucket is filled and a disinfectant is added – usually chlorine tablets. The bucket sits for 30 minutes, giving time to kill bacteria and parasites. It is then placed on top of the second bucket and allowed to filter. There is a spigot on the lower bucket.

Religion -- The congregation at St. Marcís Episcopal Church is strong and dedicated to serving the needs of all members of the community.

Unassuming in stature; big in spirit. St. Marc's Church, Jeannette Haiti.

Haiti is a beautiful place.

Our Mission The Haiti Project is an Outreach Ministry of the Episcopal Dioceses of Milwaukee. We work in partnership with others from all walks of life who share the belief that education, clean water, access to medicine, and compassion are basic human necessities.

Ending poverty in Haiti is multifaceted, and we take our role of stewardship seriously. That’s why more than 90% of our expenses are used for programs that directly affect the people living in Haiti - especially the small and mountainous community of Jeannette. 100% of our funding comes from private sources, including individuals, churches, corporations and grants.
Our collective goal is to promote self-sufficiency and independence.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202


Project Coordinator:

Elizabeth van der Weide
elizabeth@haitiproject.org

Diocese of Eau Claire Coordinator:
John & Carol Meacham
N5910 Yellowsands
Spooner, WI 54801
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