Focus on Haiti: Port au Prince to Gros Morne — January 2014

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.

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“The Group”

"The Group"

Sister Jackie Picard (Religious of Jesus and Mary) and Sr. Mary-Paula Cancienne (left) Sister Pat Dillon (Religious of Jesus and Mary) (right)

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In 1920’s 60 % of Haiti was forested, and in the first part of the 21st century only 2%

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Where we traveled, we rarely saw large trees.

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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.

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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.

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Selling charcoal on market day.

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Cooking at Bon Samaritain.

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Cooks serving up lunch at Bon Samaritain…a place for those with no place else to go.

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Pumping water and outside latrines.

pumping water

outside latrines

Learning to grow vegetables and helping to provide food for the school.

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school children

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Sister Mary-Paula outside of a Catholic church in Gros Morne.

outside catholic church in gros morne

Gros Morne Hospital with cholera tents in back.

gros moyne hospital.cholera tents located in back

Where we stayed in Gros Morne, Haiti.

where we stayed in gros moyne

Selling sugarcane.

selling sugarcane

Photos of the reality in Gros Morne.

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Bon Samaritain party!

bon samaritain party

 

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