TERRIER ROUGE, HAITI
Community Garden GAFATR
GAFATR: creole name meaning: Agricultural Group of Business Women from Terrier Rouge
This project was started in 2007 under the leadership of Sr. Reine Godbout, NDSC and sponsored initially by generous souls from Grand Falls, NB, Canada.
Exceptionally, at the beginning, the project implicated solely women of this small community.
Terrier Rouge is located on the northwest part of the island of Haiti at approximately 40 km from Cap Haitien.
Funds raised were used to purchase two lands. Two wells were dug, one of which was an artesian well and another with a pump to raise the water in a reservoir to irrigate farmland. This system is called "drip by drip", ideal system for the arid lands of Haiti.
This allowed to make two seeds per year with a resting period for the lands; each flowerbed has three irrigation pipes.
Ten years later, in 2017, the project had to be relaunched. It was necessary to plow again and in August 2019, the laborers are still preparing for a new seed.
For the past two years, the workers have had less market gardening and more fruit trees. Banana and papaya trees were planted around the land. In the flowerbeds, they still sow seeds for carrots and cabbages that sell well but also beans of all sorts. These are in great demand and give a better nutritional intake, which they badly need.
The pioneers who participated in this project have now become mature women. However, having worked so hard all their lives, they sometimes become ill.
HAITI TURNS GREEN
Since last spring, in 2019, the agricultural priority of government of Haiti has been focusing on a sustainable reforestation program with all sorts of nutritious trees and on restoring the natural environment.
The system developed by the community garden is an ideal irrigation system for a seedling nursery. This nursery project is a direct result of the community garden project and is perfectly aligned with the vision of the Haitian government’s desired goal: reforestation of Haiti.
There are great challenges and needs for the continuation of this project. Costs associated with this nursery must be absorbed and the following services must be provided: raising the water for irrigation, bringing electricity to the pumps and financing the services of the supervising technician for the whole system.
Donations are always appreciated to help finance the continuation of this garden which is on course with the long-term solutions to breaking the cycle of poverty for the future of the Haitian population.
BICYCLES IN INDIA
In September 2017, Parrainage received a request from Father Julian inviting us to participate in a large scale project in India. It involved the purchase of 10 bicycles to evangelize in remote areas in Tanaku Province, Godavari West District, in India.
Our mission at Parrainage is to help educate children and seminarians in different countries. The money goes directly to the religious communities that help these children in their studies. Surpluses are rare. Sometimes donors give us gifts that we forward where the need is the greatest.
Judging that this request was well worth helping, a few donors were contacted and we received $ 500, amount required for the purchase of five bicycles. These were given to five theology students who will be ordained priests in 2019.
The photo shows these young missionaries who have evangelization at heart and who have benefited from the generosity of our donors. They are members of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.
OURAGAN MATTHEW, HAITI
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew turned out to be very violent and devastating to the southwest of the island. This region had already been affected by the terrible earthquake in 2010. Generous donors contacted us to find out if they could help financially. In total, an amount of $ 5743 was sent and used to repair and help the Haitian population in villages and cities affected by this hurricane and to recover from this great ordeal.
This money was used to:
purchase school material
rebuild or repair schools and religious residences
help rebuild lost gardens because of floods
Some villages suffered irreparable major damage such as flying roofs and flooded houses.
Six out of nine communities that we help were very much affected. The children lost everything: home, school, personal belongings.
This support has greatly helped the Haitian population in daily life and to start over once again ....
In addition to the projects mentioned above, Parrainage receives various amounts from generous donors. Some of these funds go for specific needs and others are allocated where there is more urgency.