Month: November 2015

The corn is growing! (And other exciting updates from Grande Saline.)

Things are beginning to grow in the community garden in Grande Saline. Despite a setback with the beans that we planted, the corn seems to be growing well.  Our garden co-managers, Schneider and Tida, are working with the farmers to resolve the bean problem (it looks like they will need to be replanted), but they sent along a great update showing the tiny corn plants.  It is so exciting to see the plants growing in the garden! If you look at pictures that show what this land looked like a couple of months ago, it is hard to believe it is the same place!  Upon Schneider’s suggestion, the farmers have also planted some moringa seeds around the garden.  If you are not familiar with the “mighty” moringa, check it out: “Meet the Mighty, Mighty, Moringa Tree“. The moringa trees will serve two purposes, in addition to being a “superfood”, they will provide some necessary protection from the sun.

Dr. Robinson also provided an update on the water system.  Here are his words: “Now we run the system at least three times a day. People come from everywhere, on horses, bicycles, motorcycles and trucks, to take the water.  It is the only safe and good water in Grande Saline.” He also spoke about the positive impact the good water is having on the health of the people. Thank you to the Pall corporation for the donation of the system, for the site visits by their talented engineers, and for continued support of this life-changing system.  We expect to have a Pall engineer with us in Haiti in January to work with our 2016 students to provide additional system maintenance and operator training. We also plan to continue to collect health data by assisting Dr. Robinson with medical clinics in January. We hope to see an overall improvement in the health of the community.

BridgetoHaitiLogoTida also provided some pictures from a recent computer class.  It is so great to see the classes being held in the new classrooms.  Tida tells us that the students are eager for new lessons.  We are grateful to SUNY Broome students in Business Professor Sandra Wright’s Project Management class who have been working to develop new computer literacy lessons for the students in Haiti. There are so many difficulties to overcome in developing and translating the lessons, and finding a way to get them to the students. Thanks to Professor Wright and her students for taking on the challenge! In more education news, our 2016 Health for Haiti students will provide face to face education programs for the students on nutrition and hygiene.  They also hope to provide some opportunities for digital and hands on art projects.

We have twenty students in our 2016 Health for Haiti class who are helping us to prepare for our January trip to Haiti.  We are looking forward to working with our friends in Cite Soleil and Grande Saline! Please consider supporting one of our fundraisers or buying a raffle ticket.  Every contribution, no matter how small, will help us to provide meaningful service in Haiti.  Even if you do not want to come and show off your bowling skills at our December 5 fundraiser, consider stopping by Midway Lanes to meet the students, check out our basket raffles, or bid on something in our Haitian Art auction. Former students, we miss you and would love to see you as well! Thanks for your support of the Health for Haiti class projects. This is truly a team effort!

Health for Haiti Bowling Fundraiser: We Need You!

SUNY Broome Health for Haiti invites you to enjoy an afternoon of bowling: Saturday, December 5th at 12:30 PM. Four-person teams will compete throughout 3 games (bowling shoes and a delicious buffet-style meal included).There will also be a 50/50 raffle and chances to bid on some awesome prize baskets!

Event Date: Saturday December 5th, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Midway Lanes in Vestal, New York
Cost: $35 per person (Cash or Check)

All proceeds will be donated to the Health for Haiti’s class projects that will take place in Grande Saline and Cite Soleil this January:

  • Solar Power
  • Clean Water
  • Hands-on and Digital Art Education
  • Computer Literacy Training
  • Education on Nutrition and Hygiene
  • Construction of the First Bathroom Facility in Grande Saline
  • Construction of the First Hand Washing Station in Grande Saline
  • Medical and Dental Clinics
  • Community Garden
  • Food Distribution
  • Socialization with Orphans

Teams interested in participating are asked to provide their team name and contribution to Professor Diane Kelly.

Phone: 607-778-5270

Submission of team names will lock you in for the December 5th date. Those interested in participating, but lacking a team, are welcome to submit their name and contribution. We’ll happily match you with a team.

Team names & team membership are due by November 20th.
Contribution ($35/person) is due by November 27th.

Our projects would not be possible without you!

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Nou pral gen yon bel jaden! (We will have a beautiful garden!)

There has been exciting progress with the Health for Haiti Community Garden in Grande Saline. Thanks to a lot of hard work from our community partners, our rented parcel of land has been cleared of weeds and prepared for planting.  The pump and irrigation equipment have been purchased and are ready to be installed.  The community has also purchased the necessary gardening tools and seeds, so it is time to plant! The first items that we are planting in the garden are corn, melons and beans.

Thank you to all of the Health for Haiti donors who have supported this project. A special thank you to the SUNY Broome Garden Club and to everyone who supported their holiday wreath and poinsettia sale to benefit Health for Haiti. Thanks to Tida and Schneider for managing the project in Haiti, and thank you to the people of Grande Saline who are working in the garden. Ongoing expenses for this project include gas to run the pump that is needed to water the garden and some money to support the garden workers.  Of course we also need time and a lot of sunshine (which should not be a problem in Haiti!). If all goes as planned, as Tida said, “Nou pral gen yon bel jaden!”.  And, hopefully, lots of healthy food for school lunches!