Christian Haitian American Partnership
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
of mine, you did for me."
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. 80% of the people live on less than $2 a day; 60% go to bed hungry every night; half are illiterate and 40% lack access to clean drinking water. If you are born in Haiti, you have a one in ten chance of dying before your first birthday, and a one if five chance of dying before your fifth birthday – often from diseases that cost pennies to treat. Although Haiti gained its independence from France in 1804, it has suffered from more than 200 years of unstable, often very corrupt
governments. At the present time, only a strong UN presence allows mission teams to work there.
We have adopted a charismatic Haitian Episcopal priest, Father Fritz Valdema (Pere Val) and his wife Carmel. He is a Rotarian who has demonstrated his integrity and leadership skills in improving conditions for his people.
Our Accomplishments and our Vision
We have raised more than $850,000 dollars, and continue to appeal for more. Our partners in this effort include area Rotary Clubs and Rotary International, the Chapin Foundation in Myrtle Beach, churches and individuals with a big heart.
We have sent teams of physicians, dentists, optometrists, veterinarians, and lay people to assist Pere Val and Carmel. They travel out into the countryside to remote villages that have never seen white people and have never received medical or dental care. We also bring trained and non-trained people to assist in the care of small children and babies at two hospitals with orphanages in the capital of Port-au-Prince. We recruit volunteers for future missions.
Water and Sewer
6,000 children and 30,000 adults in Third World Countries die everyday from drinking contaminated water. This is a major problem in Haiti. We have received a Rotary Matching Grant for $96,000. We have dug a deep-water well in Croix des Bouquets. We provide a pump, diesel generator, water tank, septic system and electricity throughout his compound. We have received a second Rotary Matching Grant for $48,000 which provides similar facilities for a church and school at Gorman. Private funding has been donated for a third water project at Crochu.
Carmel Valdema is trained as a nurse and nutritionist. She evalutates and provides care for countless starving infants and children. With plumpy-nut (a peanut butter based formula) AKAMIL, a mixture of ground rice and beans, she can restore famished babies to normal life. We have purchased land in Croix des Boquets for a Nutrition Center. We have raised $85,000 for the facility.