Water is vital! As you can see by the pictures the current situation is filled with extreme hardship. Every year there is a season of drought with no access to water for many people in the mountains. When it rains the collection system is primitive at best.
FALL 2019: As we continue to build a partnership in Grand Boulage, we will soon be building 3 cisterns (1000-1500 gal capacity). The community elders are identifying families with the greatest need. We find homes without a current system to collect water. We are providing the gutter system to collect rainwater and a water storage system.
JANUARY 2020 - UPDATES: Three new cisterns have been constructed! First the families were selected. The mason was hired and the local crew was hired to learn about construction and complete that tasks. Please refer to the photo story below.
Ultimately providing water management systems/alternatives will save lives, improve health and grow food!
SPRING 2019: Some coffee trees, cashew trees, mango trees and citrus trees were purchased, planted as a trial for growth and monitoring. A gauge is in place to monitor rainfall in an area that has no documented history.
We are working on learning about what has worked elsewhere in Haiti. Therefore, sharing, providing education and support. Funds are needed to plant trees and crops that can be consumed or sold in the support of the community.
FALL 2019: We are currently providing funds for a 12' x 12' addition to a home to potentially house 2-3 mission volunteers as a guest house. Larger teams are welcomed to use Grand Boulage Community Center.
"Dieudonne" is a gracious and beautiful woman who has lived 80+ years in this home. She sleeps on a mat on the dirt floor. Her roof does not protect her from the rains. She has helped provide for dozens of children over the years. She is still caring for three grandchildren under age 6. (Both videos)
Below you will see the kitchen area for other neighbors, bed mats and other homes.
To know the problem of poverty intellectually is not to understand it. We need to help relieve it.
MARCH 2017 – Our greatest need at this time is a lawyer to form a corporation including articles of incorporation, bylaws and conflict of interest to form Produce Good Fruits, Inc.
AUGUST 2018 – Corporation is formed. Non-profit status granted. We need people to support our mission! Please contact us.
ABOUT (2016) Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (half of the world)! Poverty isn't only about financial resources. It is about not having food/water, healthcare, roads, shelter, education and having NO HOPE!
I invite you to come along and be part of this service.
Truly this is not a journey of only giving. It is a journey where we gain many gifts as we witness and receive their humility, love, and sharing. We gain a family!
We are a ministry of service to our family members in Haiti.
As each of us on the earth make up the vine
We have a vision of extending human dignity to those who are living in physical poverty by using our God given talents.
In real terms, we will enhance the road , bring water, education, construction and agriculture. (The road is the first step as a path to commerce, healthcare, and much more.)
These are great big tasks but together WE can produce good fruit.
We are thankful for the opportunity to serve and be served by others as we listen to their needs.
By learning their customs and culture we are given a new point of view of God's gifts. We can share their struggles and celebrations.
We feel that we receive many of God's gifts through our interactions with others.
We give others the opportunity to share their wealth, as not all can make the physical journey to Haiti.
We are a faith-based organization.
Seek first the kingdom of God.. and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6, 33
Since that first trip, I've gone back on multiple trips spending extended periods of time and finally falling in love with several mountain communities. They have dangerous roads, very poor opportunities for education (for those who can go), no electricity, poor water and food resources with no means to make a living for their families. These conditions leave little potential for economic growth and development. Living day to day is for survival. Everything equates to extreme poverty.
The sad fact is that these kinds of places exist all over Haiti and all over this earth. But the comfort I've found here has captured me. There is a world of opportunity to use one's talents to bring dignity to people where dignity doesn't exist. Finally being drawn to a particular region where there is little to no resources, government aid or U.S. aid.
The Depth of Poverty in a Haitian Household – November 2018