Dr. Raymond Ford
The Robert Ford Foundation On-Line Newsletter
Reporting yet another victory!! This is all it's all about:  three of the "original" orphans have been admitted to the National College in the nearby city of Cap Haitien (see photos below). Admission is based on competitive examination and we are told that rural children of poverty seldom qualify. These young adults have received their entire education at the orphanage school which proves the quality of their instructors. If financial support is found, we are told that 4 more orphans may qualify next year.
We were lucky to have been in Haiti with our medical team and were able to attend a wonderful graduation ceremony for young adults who had completed the tailoring curriculum at the vocational school. Three more of the original orphans graduated and were given sewing machines (treadle-electric) which will provide a reliable income for them. They are able to produce a man's suit from scratch after their 3 full years of training - quite an achievement for any tailor.
Sad to say that funding isn't available for the majority of the future graduating students (over 190 of them) from the community who attend the secondary school. Their education stops at the 12th grade level. Education is everything in any country but even more important in a poor developing country such as Haiti: the roads of rural Haiti are lined with idle uneducated young people, anything but lazy, yet trapped by their impoverishment.
It is reported that one of the major causes of illness and premature death through the "developing countries" is smoke from cooking. Most cooking in rural Haiti takes place using charcoal or firewood in enclosed huts and buildings. Our cooks have propane about half of each month, but funding allows for no more. Needless to say, they love propane.
This year our invaluable super handyman and engineer (that would be Grover Reynolds) took notice of the situation in their kitchen. "This can't be" - he immediately designed and built a cupola to ventilate the structure. It worked beautifully, now we're hoping that success will inspire others in the area to do the same.
The roads in northern Haiti are greatly improved thanks to support from various donor nations including the U.S. Unfortunately, the employment situation is still grim overall. The newly finished Korean/Clinton garment factory near Cap Haitien is reportedly paying $5 or less/day. Transportation costs $1/day from the city bringing the net pay to just $80/month. Yet the Haitians endure.
Your gifts continue to allow us to drill a new well every 8 weeks (more or less). Safe wells and education have contributed to the great decline in childhood diarrhea and dehydration that has been experienced in the Grison-Garde area during the past 15 years.
The Haitian elders who have founded and run this project came to us a few weeks ago asking for help for a small (60 student) private school nearby that had lost its funding from the U.S. For a few hundred dollars a month for teacher salaries those kids could go on with their education too. Without that chance- - -nothing. It was a touching act of genereosity and concern by our project directors whom you have met in the past. How can we say no?
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Mesi ampil anpil, zamni nou yo!! (Thank you with greatest thanks, our friends!!)
And being Haitian, more complex than you might guess, is the expression:
POUKI PA = "WHY NOT?"