Through the Women’s Group organized by HHH’s Community Director in Haiti, Golds Mithe Joseph, the women of Noyau were provided an opportunity to develop and grow their own small businesses. Golds taught the women how to set up a business for themselves and she implemented a micro-financing program to fund these businesses. She taught the women how to organize, run their businesses, pay back the loans and also set up a savings plan for themselves. Because the women were doing so well and paying back the loans, additional women were able to join this program and some were able to borrow larger amounts for growing their businesses.
In early 2020, Vivaldie W. Marseille accepted the challenge to continue this wonderful work as successor of Golds Mithe Joseph. Vivaldie actively participates in the social economic and cultural activities of the parish.
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August 2020 Community Development Report
Updates from Vivaldie W. Marseille
Girls’ Empowerment Group in Mirebalais: On August 5,2020, we had a training session with the Girls’ Empowerment on the topic of understanding friendliness. Indeed, we have defined the conviviality which is the existing relationship between the individuals of a community. We have seen the importance of conviviality in human development. We spoke about the development of man as a constructive agent of his future. The participants
understand that it is important to live in community. Some of them testified that often time they tear each other apart for personal causes, selfishness and so on. We helped them understand how important it is to care for another in order to foster community change. There is a saying that goes: Man is the agent of his future; we must work to build your future. We ended the session with some fun such as rope jumping, dancing, so everyone went home with a happy face.
In Noyau: We had several sessions with the children at Noyau. Indeed, these sessions were very practical. They learned how to make sandals out of card stock.
The Women’s Group in Noyau: On August 30,2020 we had a training session with the SOFADEM group. The subject discussed was: “Violence on women, cause and consequences”. Haiti is a country that often experiences socio-political upheavals; often times, these catastrophic situations lead to violence on minority groups especially in disadvantaged neighborhood. Women are the most vulnerable as they are victim of rape, and other
physical violence. Statistics show that approximately 273200 Women are victims of domestic and sexual violence between the ages 14 and 49 years old each year. This very delicate phenomenon should attract the attention of everyone in order to provide an adequate response to resolve the problem. But, very unfortunately, the Haitian government is not really doing much to cope with this alarming situation among the population.
This training session provided an opportunity for open discussion that participants eagerly took part in.
In Boyer we have activity sessions on making suitcases a diction game. The
children look forward to these sessions.
April 2020 Community Development Report
With the pandemic which is rife in the world. we in Haiti are not spared. For more than a month, the government had decreed a state of health emergency in the country. The churches and schools remain closed. We are working with people to be cautions and vigilant. “The disease exists. it is in the country you must protect yourself” is our slogan.
Many parish activities, are at a standstill, however we are meeting with the Pastor for caritas. A distribution of kits from Gift of the Heart is underway. In addition, I met with a group of women of Noyau within the framework of the activities in order to continue to educate them on the disease Covid-19 for their protection and for that of those around them. I taught them how to wash their hands and they shared their concern for the shortage of portable water. I gave them advice about water treatment. Mr. Maurisette reassured them that soon they will have drinking water because the project is underway. We have distributed masks to the groups of the St Louis parish of Noyau and Mirebalais.
–information from Vivaldie M. Marseille