Church of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti

St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md. 
 


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Primary schools · Secondary school
Medical aid · Cistern

Water cistern and school at Grand Anse

Grand Anse is a tiny fishing village of about 50 families. It is on the ocean beach of the flat peninsula that forms the Bay of Baradères. The sister parish project, with foundation support, funded construction of a school and adjacent water cistern.

Grand Anse residents have no local source of fresh water other than rain. But they like the area because the ocean fishery represents a source of income as well as protein.

Until the cistern was completed in January 2001, residents had to drink rainwater collected in buckets or, more commonly, in natural potholes in the stony ground. Many livestock roam freely, grazing the sparse vegetation.

Livestock in pond formed by rain collecting on flat rocky ground

Above: Livestock in algae-filled malarial pond formed by rain.
Below: New school (right) and cistern (left) at the fishing village of Grand Anse.

New school and cistern

As a result, polluted water has been responsible for serious public health problems, in particular gastrointestinal distress and worms, leading to malnutrition.

Engineers from St. John's helped design the cistern, which collects rainwater that enters a rain gutter around the roof of the adjacent school building.

Until the fall of 2001, classes for the approximately 50 schoolchildren were held in a straw shack with a thatched roof. Now the children are using the new school building. Soon they would have benches and blackboards, as a result of a grant that SJB obtained to supply these for all 45 parish schools.

Above: Villagers getting fresh water from the new cistern.
Below: Grand Anse school (left) and cistern.


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