I attended the Midwest Haiti Partners Conference in Grand Rapids today and had the privilege of having Dr. Jean C. Alexandre stop by our booth. Dr. Alexandre is Haiti's former ambassador to the United Nations who also served as vice president of the UN General Assembly. These days Dr. Alexandre is a practicing OB/GYN physician. He is an extremely accomplished, smart and nice man.
He was excited to hear about Starfysh's focused and holistic approach to addressing poverty on the island of La Gonave.
I met a lot of other interesting folks today, too, including an old friend from a mission trip to Haiti back in 1998.
$3 will allow us to plant a banana tree that, within a year-and-a-half will produce a #100 pound banana bunch AND will reproduce, producing shoots that can be separated from the mother plant and planted elsewhere. $5 will allow us to plant a mango or avocado tree
$100 will place a biosand water filter in a family's home, providing enough safe, good tasting water for up to ten people. Thes filters remove all bacteria and parasites from bad water, making it safe to drink. These basic and durable filters last 10 years with very little maintenance.
$5 will place a Creole-language preschool level reader in the hands of a young Haitian child.
$20 will provide materials to build a latrine for a Haitian family