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Today, we drove 2 hours into the mountains of the plush central plains of Haiti, along an insane mountain road that would make our logging road to the cottage look like an expressway…. we went in the back of a pickup truck, in which we now logged many hours, like a second home.
We visited the villages and villagers of Baille Touribe, an impoverished farming area. Here, we are handing out supplier donated by our schools, Ecole Secondaire Garneau and Ecole Etoile de L’Est http://vimeo.com/39917491. Here’s a Gloucester Hornets jersey being handed out to a very happy child.
Met with the Kanpe people, learned what they are doing for children and to educate families about medicine, managing finances, agriculture, and business to become self-sufficient and autonomous. Kanpe has an excellent approach to helping people – teach a man to fish and he eats for LIFE.
At Baille Touribe, we met the principal who is building a school. The construction workers get paid by Kanpe, but the principal volunteers his time. The school opens on April 12. 350 kids attend the existing school, 400o more need schooling.
Outside the Kanpe location, we saw the cholera tents where thousands of people were treated for the deadly disease. Of those thousands who were treated, 8 died. We got a tour of the whole place, with LOTS OF DETAILS!!! Details are important because without them, there’s a risk that people don’t know where their money goes. We know where the money goes… Kanpe was very helpful in letting us understand.
We distributed more of the school and personal supplies donated to us by École secondaire catholique Garneau and L’école élémentaire catholique L’Étoile-de-l’Est. The people who received the supplies were absolutely delighted. For them, this was a very big thing, so important and helpful, we are grateful to participate in this whole thing.
By the way, Kanpe totally rocks… their philosophy, their attitude… we loved the time we spent with them. Big shout out to Kanpe!!!