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PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION FROM BARB and Sr EMILE

ABOUT HOW YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS HAVE HELPED THE

HURRICANE-DEVASTATED MOTHERS CLUBS OF HAITI !!!

Hello Barb, I finally have some information about our income producers.

As I told in my report, our three sources of income are damaged. The store is completely out of service. We have some money at the bank to buy product but the place is partially destroyed by the sea. The owner not intends to repair because it is too close to the sea. About ice product, the freezer was damaged by the water when the roof was destroyed. It’s the same situation about our computers and photocopier. Only the generator and the motorcycle can be used.

After the phases of intensive emergency for disaster relief, we will work step by step on our plan for Mothers Club futures.  In the meantime, we reflect on the other possibilities of generating income and continue to work for the financial autonomy of Mothers Clubs. 

Barb, we have not received any help from the government, the UN or any organization. We have contacted World Food Program, Food for the Poor, Caritas, Red Cross. And we have not obtained anything. The international organizations give their help through the Haitian state and the mayors. And those people engage their political activists who distribute the aids to their families and friends. It is unfortunate, but has a real situation. We receive help only from my Congregation in Canada to repair the roof of our three residences and the schools at Carrefour Sanon and Roseaux: It was a lot of money to repair about 9 houses. I’m very grateful for all you do. Mothers Clubs are our only big supporter.

Thanks are to God. Sr Emile

Disaster Relief Funds to date = $18,951

We plan to help around 300 persons at an estimated cost of $63.17 per person. We will provide the following services beginning in November 2016:

     *Healthcare and product to treat water;  *Help to fix the roof;  *Food;  *Seeds for gardens;  *Plastic

People may qualify for one or two services depending on their degree of vulnerability. The priority is always for the poorest.

Special projects or situations needing disaster relief!

Three of our families lived near a ravine. During the hurricane, one family had a child swept away by the floods. Another had a man killed because he had too much rain on him. And in the third family, part of the wall of the house collapsed and killed the father. These people are in great difficulty: in mourning, without land, without house, without money.

I spoke of the situation to a generous soul who promised to sell me for a good price a plot of land to build three bedrooms and a latrine for the three families. The real price of the land is $4,000 USD. He promised to let me the ground for $2,500. He can’t do more, because he will also have to repair his own house damaged by the hurricane.

A friend from France had sent me $1,000 to help people. I set it aside for this project. If I use disaster relief money you sent, I will not be able to help the 300 people expected. As you told me that women have asked for a project, I am sending you an estimate of the cost to see if we can relief durably these distressed families (2 are members of Mothers Clubs).

The total cost would be: $8,064 for construction and $1,500 of balance to finish paying for the land, for a total of $9,564 or around $10,000. If you think this may be possible, please let me know and I will send pictures of the grounds and families.

And as expected, once most people have at least one roof for shelter, or a plastic carpet to protect themselves, we can work hard to relaunch micro-credit and income-generating activities.

Estimate to build a house: three bedrooms and gallery, and latrines with 3 compartments

Description

Quantity

Unit cost

Total cost in gourdes

Sand (truck)

5

4500

22500

Rocks

4

4500

18000

Gravel

4

4500

18000

Cement

100

500

50000

Iron 1/2

40

500

20000

Iron 1/4

30

100

3000

Iron 3/8

30

250

7500

Nails (lbs)

20

100

2000

Clou 8

15

100

1500

woods for roof

50

400

20000

woods for labor

24

400

9600

Metal sheets

70

550

38500

door

8

5000

40000

Windows

4

2500

10000

Cement block for wall

1500

38

57000

buckit

3

150

450

drum

2

2500

5000

transportation

 

 

26900

Water

 

 

5000

Lead (lbs)

 

3050

3050

 

 

 

358000

Labor (40%)

 

 

142000

Total final

 

 

500000 gourdes ou

$8,064 USD

Prepared by: Sister Emile Marie Ninoche

and Roodly Gay,  technician in engineering

 
 

We have all been trying to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, both here in the US, but mostly in Haiti where lives, homes and animals have been lost, and the people, particularly rural people, had no place to go to escape the fury and no services for recovery. 

We were and are shocked to learn that the community where we have our Mothers Clubs offices and staff, and where we go to visit the Clubs and plan the future of Mothers Clubs -- Jeremie -- was the epicenter of the hurricane. I have not spoken to Sr. Emile, our director, but I have spoken to others who have, and I know that Sr. Emile is alive, though she has been injured. I have not heard anything yet about the welfare of our staff. Usually, I send out a letter after I receive the October Mothers Clubs report so you can see our progress, but now I am sure the report will be delayed. So I am sending out this letter so we can begin to provide assistance to those most affected. 

In the past when we have received funds to help disaster relief, we developed a plan that worked well. Our staff asked each village where we work to determine those families most in need. It may be that they lost their home in the flooding, or all their animals were killed. In each case we provided new building supplies and the recipient built the home, or gave those who lost animals one or two starter animals. We wanted the assistance to directly serve the need. Then, when I return to Haiti, I take pictures of the recipients and their new homes or animals so you can see where your money goes. 

So I am asking you to be generous and help us as we begin our relief plan. We can only help as much as we have the funds to put to work. We are so fortunate that we have the money and systems to assist disaster victims here in the US. Nothing like it is available in rural Haiti where the need is so great. 

Thank you for considering my heartfelt request. You can make a big difference. 

With deep gratitude, Barb

 

A purchase donation of Barb Grove's book about Mothers Clubs of Haiti is one way to help rebuild the destroyed livelyhoods of the women who worked so hard to achieve a better life for themselves and their children only to see their efforts crushed by this hurricane.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will be available for current projects to rebuild what has been lost, and then for microcredit loans (small loans) to the poorest rural Haitian women and their families through:

Mothers Clubs of Haiti, Inc, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

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Now I Can Sleep!

by Barb Grove
Founder and Director of Mothers Clubs of Haiti, Inc.

The following quotes were hand-written by women of Mothers Clubs in Haiti:  

   “Before being member of Mothers Club, I had so many difficulties! I felt that the sky would fall on my head. Now with the loan of Mothers Club that improve my life, I feel that heaven is in my home."  — Anna

 “Mothers Club is my life. It brings life in my house. My children can smile because they have something to eat. Thanks you Mothers Club!”  — Rosanne

   “Mothers Club is the best thing in my life. With my loan I can sell peanut butter and bread every day. My children can go to school.”  — Julienne

    “I'm happy to be a member of Mothers Club. I feel to be a woman like any other.”  — Chantale

    "With Mothers Club, I am not alone in the struggle for life. Members are like my family."  — Claire

    “Mothers Club taught me to manage my small business and the health of my family. Thank you Mothers  Club.”  — Anita

    “If  all women of Haiti could be members of Mothers Club. Haiti would know better days. Thanks are to God for Mothers Club.”  — Marie-Rose

         Click Here for more information about the book, the author, and how to         order a copy for yourself or a friend! Thank you for taking a look!

 

Mother Clubs of Haiti

Haiti Women

Mothers Clubs of Haiti, Inc, is a successful non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which pro- vides microcredit loans to some of       the world’s poorest people, primarily women.

Since 1991, through the generosity       of individuals and groups, Mothers Clubs has made loans to over 10,000 members.

Mothers Clubs of Haiti makes a difference in families’ lives through financial independence and the hope   for a better, healthier future.

Mothers Clubs of Haiti, Inc. - 1666 Gulf Coast Drive - Naples Florida  34110
barblgrove@gmail.com