We are receiving regular updates from the community in Grande Saline and we hear that the people are very happy to have clean water to drink. The operators are successfully running the system for six hours each day and many people are coming for water. They are filling buckets and bottles from the system instead of taking the water directly from the river.
Computer classes continue at Don Bosco Ecole Informatique de Rossignol. Some of the computer students have started to learn to use PowerPoint. A group of students at George F. Johnson (GFJ) Elementary School in Endicott are meeting weekly after school to work on PowerPoints to share with the students in Haiti. Their teacher reports that they are making PowerPoint presentations with many pictures showing their families, homes and schools. Pastor Mike Willis from the Vestal United Methodist Church (who has worked in Haiti for many years) is teaching the GFJ students about Haiti and translating their work into Haitian Creole.
The GFJ students have made enough money selling hot chocolate to purchase over 50 USB drives for the students in Haiti. They wanted to provide the students in Haiti with something that they can use to store their work. We hope to deliver the USB drives to Haiti sometime this summer. We also look forward to sharing the GFJ student presentations with the students at Don Bosco Ecole Informatique de Rossignol and at the Good Samaritan Mission School in Cite Soleil.
We are proud of the progress we have made but excited about our future projects as well. We are currently raising money for solar power equipment for the water filtration system and for the computer school in Cite Soleil. We are also accepting applications for our 2016 Health for Haiti class. Please visit the “Home” page of our website for an application and fact sheet.