Published on March 12, 2014
*MORNES are volcanic hills and mountains covering most of Haiti. Haiti means « mountainous island » HOMES, VILLAGES & CHILDRENHOMES, VILLAGES & CHILDREN OF THE « MORNES* »OF THE « MORNES* » 1
It takes an hour and a half to fly from Miami to Haiti. 11 million people live there, in a country the size of West Virginia (population: less than 2 million.) Haiti is a former French colony where slaves brought from Africa worked rich sugar and coffee plantations. In 1804, Haitian slaves revolted and gained their independence and their freedom Today, 50% of Haitian children don’t have enough to eat or don’t eat adequate food. 2
MOST VILLAGES IN THE MORNES ARE VERY POOR.MOST VILLAGES IN THE MORNES ARE VERY POOR. TOO MANY PEOPLE LIVE ON SMALL LOTS WHICHTOO MANY PEOPLE LIVE ON SMALL LOTS WHICH ARE OVER-CULTIVATED.ARE OVER-CULTIVATED. • Palmary: 39 Families, 160 children 4
VILLAGE OF EPINVILLAGE OF EPIN 5 • 150 Families, 679 Children
“When we travel we take a ‘tap-tap’ like this. Our Moms don’t have a kitchen but they are good cooks. There are not many stores and they look like this.” 6
“Every day we must go to fetch water for the family. Sometimes we must walk very far to find water, especially when it does not rain.” 7
“Most of us live in houses like these. Even schools and churches often are like this.” 8
One of our projects has been to build decent houses for the poorest families. Here is one of our houses next to the house where a large family lived. 9
This old house was replaced by a solid wooden house. (Housing program Zanmi Lasanté PARIS) 11
Our houses stand in the middle of vegetable and fruit gardens, called « Lakou » which help feed our families.
““WE CELEBRATE IN OUR CHAPELS ANDWE CELEBRATE IN OUR CHAPELS AND CHURCHESCHURCHES”” • Catholicism is Haiti’s official religion. • But many Haitians are Baptists, Evangelicals and Episcopalians • Voodoo, a religion that brings together practices brought from Africa by the former slaves and Christian beliefs, is also widely followed. 13
HAITIAN PEOPLE WORK HARD TO MAINTAINHAITIAN PEOPLE WORK HARD TO MAINTAIN THEIR CHURCHES AND CHAPELSTHEIR CHURCHES AND CHAPELS Children preparing the grounds of their new chapel, St. Rose of Lima 14
Entrance to the new chapel, St. Rose of Lima, built with the help of St. Teresa of Avila 15
“Our new chapel is ready to be blessed by our Bishop” 16
Inauguration Day for Ste Rose of Lima, April 14, 2013 17
OFFERTORY PROCESSION ON INAUGURATION DAYOFFERTORY PROCESSION ON INAUGURATION DAY 18
Inauguration was also First Communion Day 19
CHURCHES AND CHAPELS ALSO SERVE ASCHURCHES AND CHAPELS ALSO SERVE AS SCHOOLS. SOME ARE POORLY EQUIPPED.(SCHOOLS. SOME ARE POORLY EQUIPPED.(ST. ROSEST. ROSE OF LIMA OLD SCHOOL)OF LIMA OLD SCHOOL) 20
“Here we are in our new school building.” (spring of 2013) 21
In most Haitian schools, the day starts by saluting the flag. (Pléiade School) 22
“We are proud to wear our uniforms in school. Sometimes, families work very hard to buy uniforms for their children.” (La Péiade, Kindergarden and High school students) 23
OFTEN, CHILDREN COME HUNGRY TO SCHOOL.OFTEN, CHILDREN COME HUNGRY TO SCHOOL. FEEDING THEM IS KEY TO EDUCATION IN HAITI.FEEDING THEM IS KEY TO EDUCATION IN HAITI. La Pléiade, kindergarten, elementary and high school students 24
“These are our homes and our villages. What are yours like?” 25
OUR HOMES, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD,OUR HOMES, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR TOWN:OUR TOWN: PICTURES FOR HAITIPICTURES FOR HAITI Zanmi Lasanté Haiti has been helping Haitians nourish and educate their children for over 20 years. Today, we are organizing a project here in Chicago for children and young people who want to share images of their city, their neighborhood and their homes. We are looking for drawings or even good photos, for example, taken with your camera phone. The best ones will be framed, shown in an exhibit and auctioned to raise money to provide school lunches for children in Haiti. You can work as a group, with a friend or by yourself. 26
Here is an example of what some Haitian and French children did a few years ago. 27
Would you like to participate? Perhaps you could do something like this? 28
Zanmi Lasanté-PARIS firstname.lastname@example.org To participate, you can talk with your teacher or contact us directly: Ali: email@example.com Amy: firstname.lastname@example.org 29
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