Haitian Refugee Aid Trip: Anse-a-Pitre
Organized by: Nikala Asante
61% to the goal!
February 29, 2016
EVENT DATE Mar 13, 2016
Haitian Refugee Aid Trip: Anse-a-Pitre
March 13 - March 31, 2016
Imagine a stretch of land up the side of a mountain where only cacti grow in abundance. Late night, the temperatures plummet to near freezing. By noon, the dry air is nearly one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. This is the bucharra. This is where thousands of Haitians, 40% of which are children, have been left to die.
Many have heard of the mass deportations of Haitians from Dominican Republic in 2015, but few have been exposed to the personal stories. In the small town of Anse-a-Pitre, where the residents already suffered from deforestation, food insecurity, clean water shortages, and a desert climate, thousands of Haitian heritage, many of whom were born in the Dominican Republic or have lived there most of their lives, were forcibly dumped with no homes, no money, no food, and no resources.
About This Trip:
My name is Nikala Asante and I am passionate about helping Haiti. I have been blessed to travel to Haiti five times over the past two and a half years to assist with the promotion of Human rights, reforestation, clean water, health, and education. As of spring 2014, I have also become one the lead organizers for the University of Houston annual medical service trip to Haiti. My most recent journey to Haiti ended just a short time ago, on December 25, 2015.
My passion stems from having been in need before in my own life and from recognizing our consumeristic connection in the U.S. to Haiti's exploitation. I feel that as Americans, we have a responsibility to contribute to restoring balance. Also, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe that in injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
In 2015, my 11 year old son and I traveled to Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti for a total of nearly four weeks for work around permaculture, reforestation, and water. We loved it and made lots of friends there. Since then, we have been informed by our dear friends that around 361 Haitian families have been forced out of Dominican Republic and are now refugees in Anse-a-Pitre.
These 361 families, 40% of their population children under 14 years old, are living in tents made of whatever materials are on hand such as cardboard and bedsheets. These materials provide no real shelter from the elements. Also, more children are prone to be cold at night because the blankets that they would use to cover their bodies are being used as roofs for their makeshift homes.
My friend Nixon Casseus, an Anse-a-Pitre community leader, recently organized a meeting with the refugees about their greatest needs. They stated that their biggest needs are plastic tarps to protect them from the elements and food for the children.
While these are relief measures that will provide temporary aid, the goal is to assist with immediate needs while researching what can be done to most effectively help long term.
While our small trip will not solve every problem, it will make a significant impact and our documentation will open the door for larger work to take place. Thank you in advance for your support!
This is what we can do once we reach the current goal:
Seeds/Saplings for community garden = $100
40 plastic tarps for temporary housing = $800
~ 1,500 lbs of non-perishables = $1,000
~ 200 Family First Aid Kits = to be sponsored by Project C.U.R.E.
Safi Water Treatment for 3 months for 300 families + transporting the water treatment to Anse-a-Pitre = $1,100
Total = $3,000
If you have any questions, please contact Nikala Asante at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Project C.U.R.E. has tentatively pledged around 200 First Aid Kits for families to include (each):
Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. or Reg. strength, tablets)
Box of Adhesive Bandages
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
1% Hydrocortisone Cream
Toothbrushes (min. 4)
Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
Facial Tissues (travel-sized)