Fonfrede is an impoverished farming community in the Southern part of Haiti. Every year it gets more and more difficult for farmers to successfully work the land. That means that it gets more and more difficult for farmers to provide food for their families. It also means that there is no abundance of food for the villagers, many of whom depend on the local harvest to live. That’s one of the many reasons that David and Rose Bataille, our partners “on the ground” in Fonfrede, Haiti, have worked so tirelessly on behalf of the villagers there to uncover potential solutions for enriching the community. The projects they uncover are supported fully by HopeGate, and by contributions from amazing people and companies across the United States.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 Epidemic, many of our local villagers found themselves in a tight spot. Americans may feel like they have experienced a tight spot with hunger before, but in all honesty, the poorest situation that many of us have ever experienced is nothing compared to a South Haitian “tight spot.” We knew that many of the villagers would be in trouble if we didn’t intervene. So we reached out to current and potential partners here in North America. We quickly raised the money to provide 27 pounds of rice, a half a gallon of oil, 5 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of flour, 5 pounds of beans, 12 packs of spaghetti, a tub of butter, a can of tomato paste and bouillon cubes to flavor food with to 50 households in Fonfrede, including 14 members of the local school staff, and 36 additional households in the community. Depending on the size of the household, these supplies could feed the entire family for 3-4 weeks.
We were also able to help serve the Emmanuel Center, which is a local orphanage and boys’ home that contains 28 boys, aged 6-22, as well as the staff there. The supplies we gave the Emmanuel Center will be enough to last them for 2 weeks or more. This was all accomplished, including 3-4 weeks of supplies for 50 families, and enough supplies to feed an entire orphanage for 2 weeks, with a combined $2,000 dollars from generous donors, just like you. $2,000 wouldn’t be enough to pay many of your mortgages in the U.S. But those donations kept more than 200 Haitian men, women, and children alive for weeks, or even months.
As you well know, the Coronavirus Epidemic has caused untold damage throughout our world. Can you imagine what it has done to an already impoverished nation like Haiti? Please consider donating to the ongoing project of feeding needy Haitians throughout the adversity of the Coronavirus Epedimic.