Planting a sustainable future for Haiti: update #3 from David Lachance

From left: Work progresses on the garden; David and Meekail

In his third post from Haiti, David updates us on the garden’s progress – no small feat considering he’s still without a tiller! David’s work extends far beyond the garden. Thanks to both his dedication, and support from community members back home, several children will receive medical care, and new desks for students at the tent city school were purchased.

Good evening everyone, I hope this finds you well!

Week 3 has begun and we’ve accomplished many of our goals. The road is scheduled to be finished by next Tuesday. The rock/stones are the challenge as they require all 10 of our guys to slowly haul them around. We’ll place the bags that were purchased with sea sand over these rocks for a smooth ride. It was funny, we laid about 7 bags of sand as a test; and overnight, the bags were stolen but not the sand. From now forward we will make “knife stabs” that will result in the bag still working but worthless to steal.

The “jardin” progresses! I’ve attached a 2nd picture that shows the progress. We have expanded into a 2nd phase, still working by hand…no tiller. We’ve hired a group of guys and gals to achieve this, employing another six Haitians. We’ve purchased a heavy duty water pump. This was not an easy feat. Our guys, Garytou and Gregory, rode the moto to Megoune and then caught a 5-hour bus ride, one way, to PaP and returned with smiles! Small problem; the hose (PVC) we first purchased and placed in the ground (about 60 yards to the jardin) was too small for the pump…we then had to go back into Megoune and buy a two inch PVC pipe and relay the pipe. Regardless, as you can see from the hose hanging over the newly planted banana tree, our garden has water! With our money, we will employ at least one gardener, who will keep it up and going for a full year!

Jevon’s doctor has been paid in full and she will have her surgery soon (see previous post). I was told today that Jevon is a boy and not a girl. Babies are hard to tell.

I wanted to thank you all again for the support for Haiti. With your dollars, we are going to support a 10-year old girl named Meekail. She lives at the clinic but was left there by her parents years ago because they couldn’t care for her. She is a delight! Each time she sees me, she gives me a big hug and a kiss and then we practice Creole/English. We are in the process of providing Meekail with a new dress, shoes, sandals, puzzles, backpack, earrings and necklace from the States.

Finally, we have bought the school in the tent city, next to Matthew 25, two full length desks for students. At $500.00 American, it was a bargain. It will replace the picnic tables that the students currently use.

Remember to fill your fridge with Prestige this summer! Take care, D.