and Joan Martin, Port-de-Paix,
Year I: July 2002 - June 30, 2003
Photos of First Year Projects
August, 2002, 1 arrived in Port-de-Paix, Haiti with much encouragement and
many prayers to support me -- from Arizona, Indiana, and Florida. I had no
definite job awaiting me, and no set objectives I wished to accomplish. The
following information is a description of some of the major foundation
stones that have been put in place over the past year.
position has been one of listening, observing, and trying to understand the
people and problems of Haiti, specifically in Port-de-Paix. I have been able
to learn enough Kreyol to carry on small conversations, although what I
think I understand is often not quite correct. I have been able to meet both
of the Bishops and most of the priests, sisters, and brothers in the
Diocese. I have been able to travel thru the Diocese to visit most of the
parishes and many of the medical dispensaries.
have been invited to work with three of the diocesan Commissions: Caritas
(agriculture, sanitation, water, and women's programs), Amor
en Accion (school nutrition and teacher salary and the Medical
commission (training and co-ordination for many of the nursing
programs). Thru these Commissions, I have been able to meet many of the
doctors (Haitian and Cuban), nurses, agronoms, teachers, and catechists. I
have been able to talk to them about their problems, programs, and hopes for
the Diocese of Port-de-Paix. It has been a time of building
relationships, establishing a base of trust and respect, trying to
understand needs, and sharing in disappointments and accomplishments.
the help of many people, I have been able to establish telephone and e-mail
connections with the US, a Fonkoze banking account for transfer of
funds, and shipping arrangements by boat. I have been able to contact most
of the US parishes that twin in the Port-de-Paix
diocese, and I have been able to meet with most of the visiting, groups both
medical and pilgrimage. It has been a time of blessing, illness, joy,
frustration, prayer, and patience.
following projects have been initiated on a short-term trial basis. Their
continuation depends upon the commitment and resources of several American
assistance with paying teacher salaries; beginning of a school nutrition
program for 320 students (including the purchase of plates and spoons);
assistance with catechist meetings and materials (Bibles and songbooks).
Montfort clinic & Sr. Adeline -- assistance with paying
salaries for 2 nurses and for
buying medicines ; the beginning of a visiting nurse program to the
nearby cay pov. (Fraternity), the beginning of a neighborhood
nurse program to encourage infant and maternal immunizations, and
education for pregnant women ; providing a medical microscope and a
refrigerator for storing vaccines.
Mobile Clinic-- assistance with paying salaries for 2 nurses and a
driver/mechanic; assistance with the purchase of medicines; assistance
with vehicle repair bills.
Montfort -- assistance
with purchase of a generator; assistance with funeral expenses.
-- assistance with school nutrition program for 520 students.