Letter to the Editor;
Most people know by now about the BG Haiti project that has been taking place for the last seven years. In that time period, this generous community has donated $1,650,000 to build five villages consisting of 200 homes plus schools and community centers/ churches, and to provide fresh water, outdoor lighting, fruit trees, goats, chickens and cows. Most of you have seen the deplorable conditions in which a great many Haitian people live every day of their lives.
To date, the BG community has changed the lives of 200 Haitian families forever, giving them hope and dignity – and for this, they will be forever grateful. You are the reason for all of this, and that is why the Hope for Haitian Committee of BG keeps going.
After the 2010 earthquake, a church community in Gressier, Haiti allowed the government to place 60 tents on their property, making available a temporary place of shelter for 60 families. Six years later, the 60 families were still living in these tents, having to walk a mile each day for water and sharing two outhouses. The church came to us through our partner, Food for the Poor, and asked if we would build homes for each family. They would donate the land. We said we would try.
Last year, BG donated enough money to build 33 of those homes plus outdoor lighting and a fresh-water well. This year’s goal is to build the remaining 27 homes plus a community center/church. To date we have no takers on the community center/church, but as of April 2 we have enough money to build 21 of the 27 homes and need 6 more homes to complete the project. For those of you who have not yet made a commitment to this humanitarian effort, please consider doing so soon.
If you would care to see the video of the living conditions in Haiti and the 33 homes we built last year, go to foodforthepoor.org/bocagrande.
Ben & Louise Scott