Haiti Christian Development Project (PROJET CHRÉTIEN DE DÉVELOPPEMENT EN HAÏTI)
In December of 2014 Roger Pritchett (seen here in red shirt) and Dean Wright, conducted a preacher's workshop in Poteau, Haiti for about 70 people. Gueston Pacius translated with Jephte (Jeff) Severe helping.
Dean Wright conducting class. The workshop ran from Sunday through Wednesday.
Children in Haiti often do not have shoes. This is a health and safety issue for many kids. Thanks to the generosity and effort of a lot of people about 2700 pairs of shoes and assorted foot ware were collected for children in Haiti. Dean Wright and David Washburn seen here organizing the shoes to be shipped.
Through a US government program a military plane (wing visible in background) delivered the pallets of shoes November 11th to Port Au Prince where HCDP and associates received them and moved them to Poteau. From Poteau shoes have been given out to many kids in the area. Mats made from used plastic sacks (woven by a host of Christian ladies) were also shipped with the shoes. These mats may be used as the only bed some people will have.
One of the recipients of the shoe collection.
Housing the Needy
Natalie is a single mother who lives in Poteau. For several years, she volunteered her house for Oneal Tankersley and his crew to use as a typical Haitian house for the HCDP Creole teaching videos. In recent months, the mud house (enchanting, but vulnerable and not durable) deteriorated from the frequent Haiti tropical storms (see photo below).
"At the urging of the Poteau elders, HCDP workmen constructed a new and strong earthbag house for Natalie and her family. She is so grateful for this wonderful new structure. 'Now when there is a rainstorm, because of the metal roof, I can sleep all night without getting soaked!' (translated)"
HCDP hired local construction workers built her an earthbag house ($2500), and she provided food for them as they worked. Now she is so happy (see photo below).
There is a great need for housing in Haiti. Recently friends of HCDP funded the building of a house for man and his family who was living in a hut made of mud and banana leaves.
Health Initiatives & Feeding Program
Children from the very poor area of Gonaives called Trou Sable. Medcial, dental and eye clinics were held here in February when the HCDP team from the US visited. HCDP is interested in developing community health initiatives in areas like these.
Children lined up to receive food in the training pavilion on the HCDP farm in Bois Marchand. HCDP conducts feeding programs on a regular basis, almost daily, at Bois Marchand and in Bangnol. Hundreds of needy children participate in the program.