By Dr. Mary-Paula Cancienne, Professor of Theology, RSM
Photo credits: Dr. Mary-Paula Cancienne
Port au Prince to Gros Morne is 110 miles, and 4 1/2 hours by bus.
Sister Jackie Picard (Religious of Jesus and Mary) and Sr. Mary-Paula Cancienne (left) Sister Pat Dillon (Religious of Jesus and Mary) (right)
In 1920’s 60 % of Haiti was forested, and in the first part of the 21st century only 2%
Where we traveled, we rarely saw large trees.
In 1804 Haiti gained its independence from France, but with the promise of paying a huge amount of money.Over time Haiti sold hardwoods to pay off portions of the debt, as did opportunists for short term profits.
In addition, government instability, storms, and the common practice in poor countries of making charcoal for fuel, the country suffers from deforestation, erosion, degraded soil, and massive poverty.– These folks are collecting charcoal after having felled a tree and letting it smolder, buried, for about 12 days. They will sell it for income.
Selling charcoal on market day.
Cooking at Bon Samaritain.
Cooks serving up lunch at Bon Samaritain…a place for those with no place else to go.
Pumping water and outside latrines.
Learning to grow vegetables and helping to provide food for the school.
Sister Mary-Paula outside of a Catholic church in Gros Morne.
Gros Morne Hospital with cholera tents in back.
Where we stayed in Gros Morne, Haiti.
Photos of the reality in Gros Morne.
Bon Samaritain party!