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Continued Hope in Gros Mangle, Haiti-2020 School Expansion Project

Located on the northern shore of Gonâve island, the town of Gros Mangle (“gwo mong”) is home to an estimated 10,000 residents. The road to enter the community is barely accessible, by way of a narrow and rough dirt road. Distant from much, Gros Mangle still had a lot to offer its people, including the continued support and partnership of Food for the Poor, Inc., Samaritan’s Feet International, Performance Services, and other generous donors.

Our story in Gros Mangle began in 2012, when Performance Services funded homes in a village called Vialet. On the road to Vialet, the mission team’s bus broke down near a Food for the Poor sponsored fishing village. Seeing the village and learning about the work  completed there inspired the mission team to serve the people of Gros Mangle the following year.  As a result, Casting Hope, a project of Food for the Poor, was born and has since supported several essential projects for the community.

Projects have included new seaworthy fishing boats, gear, storage, and solar-powered refrigeration for 16 fishermen in the town, so they could safely work and support their families. The mission team worked tirelessly fundraising, planning, and praying for this fishing village project and successfully raised the funds to transform a vision into reality. In 2013, the team returned to Gros Mangle to inaugurate the new and transformed fishing village.

The team’s efforts continued over the next two years. In March of 2015 a Water Project was completed. The Gros Mangle Water Project helped solve the absence of freshwater sources in the village. The residents (usually the children) would walk long distances daily to fetch potable water for their families. The Water Project funded a 10,000-gallon concrete water cistern and guttering system that connected to the school. This effort provided convenient access to clean  water and improved the quality of life for its residents.

The continued transformation of hope among the people in Gros Mangle, continues to this day.  In 2020, Performance Services completed a renovation and expansion of of the Gros Mangle School.The school project provides:

  • Three additional classrooms to alleviate overcrowding and allow more students to be enrolled in the school
  • Handwashing stations with eight faucets that will be attached to water cisterns
  • A new concrete courtyard in front of the building
  • Installation of a new Solar array to provide power and lighting for the entire school
  • Four solar-powered NComputing systems with access to the internet. Each NComputing system comes with the essential hardware for operation, including a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and virtualization software.

The school renovation and expansion project supports a safe and improved learning environment and gives the students the necessary resources to pursue their education.

 

Elisa Rey Silva

“They have come a long way since we first visited these malnourished children who were drinking brackish water and did not have the technology needed for effective learning. This is just an example of how transformational our projects have been for the Haitian people, especially the children.”

Tim Thoman

President and CEO

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