Sister Parishes in Haiti and Wisconsin
The Tri-Parish of St. Pius, St. Anthony and St. Mary Catholic churches twinned with the Parish of Ste. Genevieve in Zoranje Haiti in 2004 much has been accomplished to improve these faith-filled people in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.
Update From Haiti - Jan. 31, 2020
Having been back in country for 5 days, I want to share some observations of Port au Prince. Students are back in school. Traffic flows with its normal delays. You can see a couple of places there were burnt out on Delmas. Police presence is more visible than previously. Except for Traffic Police, they have their faces covered and are wearing vests to protect against gunshots. The Bakery, Epi d'Or, still has its windows covered with steel plates. Gas stations on Delmas have steel plates covering their gas pumps. This something I have never seen before. Merchants are selling their wares on the streets. Life appears to be normal, but there are fears about kidnapping, criminals with guns, robbing people. Two days ago, a Policeman and an engineer were killed. While protests have calmed down, the people who caused the chaos are still around. There is an uneasiness underlying the calm. Some people have expressed fears of when the National Carnival arrives. It will be held here in Port au Prince this year. I believe the date are 20-25 February.
The money exchange was 91.5 Haitian Gourdes to 1 US dollar at Carribean Market Monday. The price of goods is more expensive.
Video of 2019 Trip
The building of a clinic, the first health care this village has ever had, was a tremendous step forward. The people refer to it as the Community Center and so it is. The two nurses, Leonia and Martine provide emergency care, ongoing diabetes care, prenatal checkups and whatever health problems the people present them with. The clinic really came to life when our parishes provided dental clinics where over 400 teeth were pulled in two days. Goats were given away, blood pressures checked and photos from previous years missions displayed for the people to take as their own (a big hit).
Goats were given away
Over the years many things have been tried...
They love, love, love them.
Frightened the little ones who had never seen stuffed animals, but beloved by the teens.
Collected from a high school in Florida and worn with pride in Haiti.
Dresses, hand made by the women of our parishes, will be seen in Zoranje for years to come.
Visiting schools is an annual delight. Everything from teaching the Heimlich maneuver to making snowballs to throw in the classroom and teaching songs that we would hear children singing the next year.
There is a long list of accomplishments for which our parishes are responsible, and each of them increased the health and welfare of the people of Zoranje.
What a joy this project is for everyone involved on the giving end as well the receiving end. The generosity of our parish community is so very appreciated and you are prayed for eveyday in a village in the mountains of Haiti.