Providing Health Care
There is only 1 trained doctor or nurse for every 3,000 Haitian citizens.
The Mother Angela Mobile Clinic — staffed by a Haitian team of medical professionals including two doctors, a nurse and a pharmacist — provides critical health care to more than 57,000 residents in nearly 30 isolated mountainous areas in Jacmel. Many of our people have never had access to medical treatment due to distance and rocky roads. The treacherous travel requires new tires yearly, extra filter changes and new shocks.
Feeding the Hungry
100,000 Haitian children under age 5 are malnourished.
“Mwen grangou” (I’m hungry) was one of the first phrases we heard from the local children. The Mother Angela Kitchen feeds nearly 100 children one substantial meal each day, Monday through Friday. We employ local women to prepare food; the children and teens are responsible for serving and clean-up. They are given a hot meal of rice and beans, spaghetti, corn meal (polenta), a special sweet soup and filtered water. This program offers much-needed nutrition to children who would otherwise go hungry. Often, this meal is the only nourishment available to the children in a day.
40% of rural Haitians do not have access to clean water.
We educate Haitian women about safely filtering water. Women each receive a filter and bucket for their home. To help spread the word and to pay it forward, they are required to provide water for three other families. More and more people in our area now have access to clean water.
Most families live on less than $2 per day — survival, not education, becomes the priority.
Through the generous support of our donors, we were able to sponsor 50 students last year! When we sponsor a student, they are responsible to come to the mission to do homework and participate in our Teens in our Pay It Forward Program:
- tutor younger students — which helps us to assess their academic progress
- learn how to manage our computer lab and oversee updates and maintenance
- assist us as catechists with our Faith Formation Program and meet weekly to teach our children how to grow in our Catholic faith and prepare for sacraments.
Through the Pay It Forward Program, every sponsored student is given a specific job. This is so important for them to learn discipline, work ethic, and responsibility. The help and assistance we receive is a blessing.