Month: November 2016

Last Call for Bowlers and Some Updates From Grande Saline

The Second Annual Health for Haiti Bowling Tournament is coming up on December 10th and we are in need of more bowling teams to join us for a fun afternoon of bowling, pizza, wings and some great raffles.  All of the proceeds from our event will support the January 2017 class projects Haiti. The bowling event will be at Midway Lanes in Vestal on Saturday, December 10th at 12:30 pm.  The cost is $25 per person and you can still register if you contact Professor Diane Kelly ( before Thursday, December 1st. Please consider coming to support the great projects that our 2017 Health for Haiti students hope to complete in January.  We will work together to offer medical clinics, health education, a workshop for women and girls, clean water, construction of solar ovens, computer literacy, teacher training, development of local agriculture, and art and music education.

Now for some updates from Grande Saline.  The Water and Power Committee that was elected by the community in Grande Saline has completed their first project.  They designed a case to support and protect the water system taps and put some concrete down under the taps so that the area does not get so muddy.  This was a great example of a project conceived and implemented by the community and completed in partnership with Health for Haiti.

All of the rice has been harvested from the community garden and is now stored for student lunches! Our land lease is up soon and we are working to develop a plan to renew the lease or identify a new site for the community garden.

School is in session and computer classes are now taught as part of the school curriculum in Grande Saline.

On November 8, the entire community celebrated the Battle of Vertières. The Battle of Vertières was the last major battle of  war of Haitian independence and marks the final part of the Haitian revolution under General Jean Jacques Dessalines. This is a very special day in Haiti and the students celebrated with a parade and some treats.

The school children also recently received some text books and are enjoying using them to learn history and geography.

The “Helping Children” School Scholarship program is also moving forward.  There are several children who are now able to attend school as part of the new partnership between Health for Haiti and the school in Grande Saline.  This program benefits both the school and the local children.  The scholarship program was recently expanded to assist three older children to attend secondary school outside of the local community.

We look forward to seeing our friends in Haiti in January and we are excited to work with the wonderful students and non-students who will be joining us this year.  As always, thank you for your support and we hope to see you on December 10th!  We also invite you to join us for the Espere: Health and Hope in Haiti photo exhibit at the SUNY Broome Gallery from now until December 8th.  There will be a reception on Friday, December 2 from 3pm to 5pm in the Gallery and all are welcome to attend. Thank you!


Rice, Computer Classes, Pancakes and Bowling

After months of growing, the rice in the community garden in Grande Saline is finally ready to harvest. Today the farmers started the process of cutting the plants and separating the grains of rice. There are still a few stages that the rice has to go through, but soon it should be available for student lunches.  Thanks to the farmers in Grande Saline who had to deal with flooding and the hurricane while they were taking care of this rice.

We also have a new computer literacy program beginning in Grande Saline.  Computer classes are now part of the school curriculum and are being presented by instructor Etienne Elysee. Classes began with students learning the different parts of the computer and the function of each part.  The students took turns presenting the information that they had studied.

Our friend Elysee Alcidor also shared an update from computer classes at his school in Cite Soleil. This is the first time his students have had access to computers. He said that they have been working hard and next week the students will have their first computer exam.

Back here in the US we had our first class meeting with the 2017 Health for Haiti team and we have started to prepare for our January trip.  Please consider supporting our class projects by attending one of our fundraisers. All money raised will go directly to support our projects in Haiti.

We will have a pancake breakfast from 8am to 10am on Sunday, November 20th at Applebee’s on Front Street in Binghamton.  Tickets are only $7. Please contact Maureen Hankin (, Jen Musa ( or any 2017 Health for Haiti student to purchase a ticket.

We are also excited to host our 2nd annual Health for Haiti Bowling Tournament at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 10th.  The tournament will be held at Midway Lanes in Vestal.  For $25 you can enjoy a fun afternoon of bowling, pizza, and wings and support the projects that our students will work on in Haiti this January.  Please email Professor Diane Kelly to register ( or click the link below for more information.

Bowl for Haiti!

Thank you for your support!