Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project
    PO Box 1803 Vineyard Haven MA 02568 - 508-693 0368 ~ Contact us by email : info@fishfarmhaiti.org
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Sponsor a child to go to school and/or participate in the breakfast program via paypal:

- $200 (tax-exempt) will sponsor a child to attend our school for a year. You will be sent updates and a picture of your child.

- $100 (tax-exempt)will give a child  the opportunity to receive breakfast daily before classes.




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Haiti Relief
Earthquake Relief
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c/o MV Fish Farm Haiti Project
PO Box 1803
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


In memory



Facts about Haiti

* Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere,
the third hungriest in the world.

*It is located on the western third of the island of Hispaniola,
with the Dominican Republic its neighbor to the east.

* Haiti is about the size of Maryland.

* It’s population is approximately 9 million.

* Life expectancy at birth is 47 years.

* 76% of Haiti's children under the age of five are underweight, or suffer from wasting or stunting.Only 46% of the population has access to safe water and only 28% to sanitation.

*63% of Haitians are undernourished.

* 48% of males are illiterate, and 52.2% of females are illiterate.

* Haiti has the highest tuberculosis infection rate and the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the Western Hemisphere. There are over 300,000 Haitians living with HIV/AIDS.

* 40% of the Haitian population has no access to primary health care.

*The unemployment rate is between 70-80%.

* The legal minimum daily wage in Haiti is approximately $2.40 per day, but many workers make less than $2 per day.

* Haiti is only a 2 hour flight from Miami.

* 90% of the woodlands have been deforested. Erosion has washed
the mountain topsoil into the sea, polluting the fishing waters.
The fishing industry is at a standstill.

News Update: Jodeleine Pierre

Jodeleine Pierre

Jodeleine has returned to Haiti and is back in school. She thanks all those who made the surgery and her new foot possible.

She will never forget this trip to the United States and everything she experienced, most especially the people she met, the new friends she has made.

Au revoir! Until we see each other again!




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“Merci”- A Heartfelt Thank You

We graciously thank the many individuals who are donating to the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Relief Fund and to the following groups who have organized benefits:

♥ Mrs Yapp's 5th Grade at the Edgartown School for their Can Recycling Fundraiser.

♥ Ten Thousand Means and the Mansion House for their “Jour du Soleil” Benefit Auction.

The Vineyard Committee on Hunger.

The MV Ballroom Dancers, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, MV Heart Boutique, and the Mediterranean Restaurant for the Valentine’s Day Dance Benefit.

The West Tisbury School Student Council and participants for their 2010 Cabaret benefit for Haiti.

The Bournedale Elementary School staff and students for their Haiti Relief Drive.

♥ Sun Island Delivery and Self-Storage and Barnes Moving and Storage for donating storage units and transportation for our on-going Haiti Relief Drive here on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Vineyard Transit Authority for the donation of a bus which we will ship down to Haiti to serve as a clinic on wheels.

♥ The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School's Young Brothers to Men

The Interfaith Prayer Service and the Edgartown Whaling Church

The Community Covenant Church of Rehoboth, MA and the group of Realtors of Taunton, MA for their donation of tents.

♥ The children of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center Religious School and their teachers, Nicole Cabot, Lori-Sue Herman, Marsha Shufrin, and Lori Shaller for their t-shirt drive. Over 300 t-shirts were collected.

♥ The fourth graders in the Bourndale Elementary School and their art teacher, Kelly Burdge,  for their hand decorated T-shirts and the funds they raised by selling them.

New England Sports Academy's Girls Prep-Op Gymnastics Team, Westwood, MA, and meet organizers:  Beth, Thomas, and Macayah Goodell.  



A Child will Lead

Ella Weiss

Nine year old Ella Spencer forewent birthday presents this year to help rebuild a school in Haiti. Ella, a third grader at Merion Elementary School in Merion Pennsylvania, heard of the Fish Farm Haiti Project through a presentation given by Deirdre May and donated the $310 she raised. Ella, thank you. You are truly an inspiration! God bless you!


Helping Hands Helping Haiti

Helping Hands
Bournedale Fourth Graders

Thank you to the fourth graders in the Bournedale Elementary School, in Bourne, MA who designed 60 shirts with their art teacher, Kelly Burdge. The shirts were sold and $260 was raised for the Fish Farm for Haiti Project’s relief efforts. Some of the shirts will be given directly to children in Haiti who will certainly appreciate this show of compassion and solidarity in their time of need. Additional funds were also received from a school wide collection.

Kelly sent us some of the things the children wrote when asked how they felt their art work would make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti.

“I felt very helpful and happy when we sold the shirts. It was a very fun project and I knew that I was making a difference for Haiti.”- Anthony, grade 4

“Ï felt great that a shirt I made could be for a little boy in Haiti.”- Jack, grade 4

“I feel awesome because the people in Haiti can have some good money to get supplies.”
- Tyler grade 4

“Ï feel like I did something good that will make a big difference to someone in a place that needs it. I much rather make a difference in the world than sit and to do nothing at all.”- Amanda, grade 4

“Our artwork can make the change of giving hope toHaiti.”- Bryce, grade 4.


Congratulations to our Holiday Raffle Winners:

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Oil painting - Linda Shaw
Black Dog Tall Ship sunset cruise for two - Dan Tanner
100 gallons of fuel from Vineyard Propane - Steven Auerback
$75 gift certificate from Jim's Package Store - Janet & Tristan Israel
Necklace by Karen English - Sara Colaneri
Stash of Chilmark Chocolates - Suzie Pacheco

 

In Haiti's Hands

Filmed in 2001, film maker Jeremy Mayhew captures the struggle of the Daughter of Mary Queen Immaculate and the beginnings of the Fish Farm Haiti Project. Click here to view this evocative 15 minute video.

 

The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project: An Island to Island Outreach

The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project is located on the property of the Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate (Filles de Marie Reine Immaculée), a Haitian teaching order of nuns founded in 1971.

The Daughters operate primary, secondary, and training schools in ten different locations in the southern half of Haiti, as well as a medical dispensary on the western coast of the southern peninsula.

Martha's Fish Farm for Haiti Project

The Fish Farm Project was constructed on 2-1/2 acres of land in a poor rural area outside of Port-au-Prince. When the Project began in 1998, the land was undeveloped. Today, through local fundraising events on Martha's Vineyard Island and private donations, we have helped finance:

• The drilling of a well.

•The construction of the first and second level of a school and living quarters.

• The excavation of five ponds where Tilapia, a hardy fresh water fish, are being raised and harvested.

• Establishment of vegetable gardens.

• Construction of a chicken coop and implementation of a poultry production (100 laying hens).

•Establishment of PeaceQuilts, a women's cooperative atelier producing art quilts and providing employment, www.haitipeacequilts.org
(Please note: PeaceQuilts is now a separate non-profit organization. We continue to work together in solidarity)

• In 2013 the construction of a cafeteria and the breakfast program was initiated.

Martha;s Fish Farm for Haiti Project
The school
Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project
One of the fish ponds
Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti
Living quarters at the school
Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm fopr Haiti Project
Children at the school