This has been a year of peaks and valleys—for Haiti, for the US, and for the world. The impacts of Hurricane Matthew still reverberate throughout Haiti and the aftershocks of the recent U.S. elections also resonate powerfully among us. As this year comes to a close, we commit anew to fostering global citizenship; to cultivating the responsibility of each of us to be compassionate toward one another and to care for the world.
This is what YOU have made possible in 2016:
Hurricane Matthew: VHP provided short-term relief as well as support for long-term rebuilding efforts both to artists and artisans and to Chermaitre families, many of whom lost their homes, livestock and crops.
Education: We continue to support 300 children in primary school. In addition, eight more students had the opportunity to advance to 7th grade, and six students have this fall begun 8th grade.
Healthcare: Our medical clinic provided essential preventive care and life-saving treatment for 1,000 people from 30 villages. Reforestation: Families tended to communal fruit and lumber trees in exchange for seeds for seasonal produce, enabling short- and long-term food security and environmental stability.
Women’s Cooperative: The women of the cooperative continued to hone jewelry making skills, and have now planted 5,000 coffee trees that will yield a harvest in 3 to 4 years.
Clean Water: In partnership with the Poughkeepsie-Arlington, Peekskill and Gonaives Rotary Clubs, VHP was awarded a Rotary Int’l Global Grant to improve water access and purification at the clinic and in surrounding villages that will help prevent waterborne diseases, such as cholera and typhoid.
Thanks to the strength of our on-the-ground partnerships and presence, we are able to respond swiftly to critical needs. Together with your continued support and partnership, we are truly creating lasting change in Haiti.
Peace, health, and happiness to you, from Lila and Andrew Meade, and all of Vassar Haiti Project
Thank you/ Mèsi anpil for your continual support and for considering making a 100% tax deductible year-end gift to the Vassar Haiti Project.
Vassar Haiti Project
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 594
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604