Our Lady of the Angels Social Justice Group Haiti Project HAITI IS THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. Though it is situated 500 miles off the Florida coast, Haiti is light years away from the U.S. in its standard of living. Haitians have no workable infrastructure to address their many problems amongthem: • • • • • •
80% of Haitians live in abject poverty 66% of children suffer from malnutrition More than 66% of the labor force doesn't have formal jobs Life expectancy 51 for men, 54 for women High infant mortality rate caused by preventable diseases Literacy rate is about 53%
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Food for the Poor is the sponsoring organization for all O.L.A. Social Justice Haiti projects. We work in tandem with this organization to identify areas of need. Food for the Poor was ranked as the largest international relief organization in the United States by the Chronicle. Food for the Poor received a 5-Star Financial Efficiency rating from Ministry Watch.
What began in 2006 as a Social Justice project to house one destitute family in Haiti soon became a county-wide humanitarian effort to build an entire village. Our Lady of the Angels Church in Cape May Court House sponsored the first house and soon local schools, businesses, organizations, and visitors joined in raising funds to build a village along Haiti's North Atlantic coast. Over the past 6 years OLA Sociallustice has initiated and completed several projects:
HOUSING AND SANITATION
Cape May County is not only a location on the map of New Jersey, but also the name of our village in Bord DeMer, Haiti. We have been able to give 16 families a home with a latrine and shower stall.
BORD-DE-MER SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE We have sent hundreds of children to school over past 3 years. Through our project, uniforms, school supplies, transportation, and lunches have also been provided.
We have provided Bord DeMer families with 26 goats, 12 cows & a bull. These animals supply a good source of milk, dairy products and meat, and promote self sufficiency.
We purchased 10 acres of farmland which the villagers cultivate to produce a variety of crops including beans, corn, and cassava.
Every 20 seconds, a young child either dies, or becomes deathly ill from ingesting dirty or contaminated water in some parts of the world! Since October 2010 Haiti has had to deal with another crisis, a cholera epidemic, which could be eliminated by providing clean water.
COMING SOON: Water Treatment Unit:
Please help us with our next project.
THANK YOU! To the numerous individuals, families, businesses, and organizations that supported our events and/or made significant contributions to Cape May County Village and the Haiti Project. Cape Express Soccer Club named us their Charity of the Year in 2009, and over half a ton of new and "gently used" soccer balls, uniforms and equipment was collected at their annual tournament. Their fundraising also allowed them to send a pair of soccer goals to Bord DeMer.
Thank you for donations made by: Bishop McHugh Regional School, Wildwood High School, Wildwood Catholic High School, Dawes Ave. School, Somers Pt., St. Domenic School, NE Philadelphia, Cape May City Elementary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Middle Township Schools. Resolutions in support of our project were passed by: Cape May County Freeholders, Municipalities of Avalon, Cape May City, Cape May Point and West Cape May.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? •
Share your ideas, expertise and enthusiasm at one of our meetings. We meet at 7PM on the 3rd Monday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Church, corner of Mechanic St. & G.S.P., Cape May Court House.
• Make a donation: Checks for the Haiti Project may be made out to: aLA Social Justice, and mailed to 35 Mechanic St., C.M.C.H., NJ 08210. •
Spread the word, visit our website: capemaycountyvillage.com
or call Ann Herron at (609) 780-2326.