Together with www.ifpigscouldflyhaiti.org , individuals in our Diaspora support life-changing projects in our mountain zone. Our mountain CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) reports, "Foto ou we madam Marie ange ak sak diri, se premye voyaj li te ale fe pwovizyon dabonn lot foto se pandan chapantye tap repare kay, epi mwen menm ki te ede pote planch palmis, ak pandan bos fini repare tet kay ak tol nef. Nou deja bali lajan pou achte semans pwa, pou plante jadenli."
First, our local CEO arrives with a Bos Chapantye, to try to salvage what can be recycled from Madam and Mesye Remon's home. Our mountain had been hit hard by hurricanes Isaac, and Sandy - who knew? The devastation, in terms of lost harvests, homes, animals and assets was, in a relative sense, as bad as hard-hit areas of the East Coast, U.S.A. Who knew?
Never mind what big NGOs and governments did or didn't do with donations - we put 100% of all funds into the project pockets, directly to pay these workers, repair homes, and support families with a means to care for their families by raising project livestock - usually goats.
|Rusty tin will still have its uses
|Recycling, salvaging precious wood.
|Bringing materials up up up and along trails like this is
no small feat.
|Mesye Remon hefts a new sheet of tin with a grin. All this was a pleasant surprise, even for me!
|The family stands still for a moment for a photo: they are excited by the hubbub
and promise of a fresh start.
The new roof will not leak, at east, not for a while. Before, the children and parents stood in one corner when it rained, covering themselves with a bit of a tarp. After a while, they gave up and stayed with Gran Dodo, which is where I spent considerable time with them this past summer.
|The couple look out at their repaired home.
"M pa gen bouche pou di mesi," Mariange is rather breathless.