Team members were (left to right) Tony Maurelli, Odile Maurelli, Dominique Parker, Marcy Fine and and Cynthia Norris. Cynthia is the social concerns director for St. John the Baptist Catholic Community.
During the trip, from January 27 to February 3, the team began carrying out a project to provide households in Baradères with potable water. They also delivered five new laptops to the secondary school, the Collège St. Jean Baptiste (CSJB). All the laptops are installed with the Rosetta Stone language software to strengthen CSJB's English curriculum. In addition, the team:
- Met the new pastor to discuss his plans for the village and the secondary school and to tour properties on which he hopes to build.
- Programmed the computers for Rosetta Stone use, including setting up ID’s for each student and setting up groups for teachers to monitor progress.
- Met with the local people identified to serve on the Gift of Water Project committee, and held a presentation of what the system is, how it works, and the role of the committee.
- Met with the teachers to find out what type of support they need to be effective in their roles in the schools.
- Traveled to Miragoane to participate in the Department of Education of Nippes awards program for students in the region for the school year 2010-2011. (The top laureate was from CSJB, Harry Claude Delice.)
Four of the team members wrote reflections on their visit to Baradères. Click the links below to read their reflections: