We were greeted in Haiti by many children - most of them barefoot and very malnourished.
We spent time visiting a typical Village in Haiti - there is a great need here for updated housing.
Normal Street Scene where we visited - no utilities, no sewer systems,
no running water but located Ocean Front.
We visited a new School funded by Frank McKinney's Caring House Project Foundation.
Our Host Frank McKinney - Caring House Project Foundation walking the village street with the Mavericks and some of the village residents.
Yanik Silver was thrilled with the quick sell out of the 2011 Maverick Haiti trip and the massive impact we made in Haiti. Yanik agreed again to sponsor and participate in a Maverick Haiti Impact Trip, February 8 - 11, 2012.
Our Partner The Haitian Health Foundation built the new homes the 2011 Mavericks Funded with their trip donations.
Marilyn Lowney, Executive Director The Haitian Health Foundation and our host in Jeremie Haiti provided this data and the photos below of the completed homes funded by Mavericks in 2011. Marilyn and her father Dr. Lowney Founder and President of The Haitian Health Foundation wanted to once again send a big Thank you to us for our efforts and impact in their projects.
The village of Mannuel, Haiti is a 6 hour walk from Jeremie. For HHF health staff, it is a 45 minute drive by 4 wheel drive vehicle, then at least a 15 minute walk. 2,238 people live in Mannuel. They are cared for by a resident HHF Health Agent named Marceline Alexandre. She has worked hard to develop two Mothers Groups in the village, with a total membership of 100. The Father’s Group has 10 active members, and the Mannuel Youth Group has 63 very active members. The village girls enjoyed their participation in HHF’s Soccer/Responsible Sexuality Program. They still play soccer and regularly meet about health. They are looking forward to being in this year’s program (the program circulates to all villages for fairness). The old houses in this village are very poorly constructed – many made of leaves and branches. There were few latrines and malaria is a problem. Tree planting is also a priority for the village. Childhood malnutrition is abysmal in this village, with less than a quarter (24%) of children seeking care in the ‘normal’ range for nutrition. 76% are malnourished!
The Health Agent from Mannuel, Haiti helped the village committees choose which folks needed the houses, latrines, and goats the most. It’s all done in a very democratic process – by village vote. This ensures that the most needy get the help, and helps to cut down on jealousy. These before and after photos were taken in Mannuel, Haiti near where we visited in Jeremie.
Before the new homes were constructed
After the new homes were constructed - Funded by the 2011 Mavericks Trip
Maverick Impact After 2011 Haiti Trip
Per Frank McKinney, Founder, Caring House Project Foundation:
Late in 2010, and without being completely funded, The Caring House Project Foundation went out on a limb and committed to building three self-sufficient villages in Haiti:
1) Chameau, Haiti (50 houses, 50 latrines, 50 goats, 100 fruit trees, 1 mule).
2) Mannuel, Haiti (50 houses, 50 latrines, 50 goats, 100 fruit trees, 1 mule).
3) Mahotiere/Rampa, Haiti (50 houses, 50 latrines, 50 goats, 100 fruit trees, 1 mule).
Frank said “If it wasn’t for The Maverick’s net 2011 trip funds raised it would have been very difficult to finish the three villages. Thank you for coming through when we needed it most!”
The initial Maverick Impact was $78,600. We generated enough net funds to build 21 new homes, and supply goats/chickens and fruit trees for each new home built. The impact after the trip was equally impressive.
Maverick Scott Marlow worked with Haiti partner Scott Bonnell of Hope To Haiti and made a donation to built a water tower in Gonaives Haiti that provides clean water to the school and neighborhood. The profits support an adjacent school. Scott wrote "It is very exciting to see the water tower go up. I was surprised how fast it happened! We were so surprised to see how FAST Scott Bonnell and team acted. That is so cool to see it up and running already."
Look at Maverick Mike Filsaime's expression (on the right). I bet he is thinking "I can't believe how these people live, there must be something else I can do". And he did! Mike and his buddy and business partner Chris Farrell did a May 2011 product launch with a donation twist tied to The Caring House Project Foundation. To date they personally donated and raised enough funds to fund the construction of 12 more new homes in Haiti. Great work Mike and Chris and all those that participated. BIG IMPACT!
Maverick Tom Puentes in Haiti - In October 2011 Tom made a generous donation to complete a School/Orphanage building in Gonaives Haiti being built by our Haiti partner Scott Bonnell and Hope To Haiti. 21 Earthquake Orphans will live at the property and 80 children will attend school there partially due to Toms donation. Our February 8 - 11, 2012 Maverick Trip will visit this school.
Maverick Jim Spano (in the green shirt) had a blast giving the students gifts brought from the USA. Jim was so impacted by the trip that in October 2011 he spearheaded the donation of a massive amount of solar panels that will be used by the Haitian Health Foundation to provide electric to their medical clinics. 80 KW of power would be impossible in a third world country if not for this coordinated effort!
Jim wrote "after our trip I literally cried for weeks at the lack of human dignity that the Haitian Government has fostered and thought about the parents in Haiti who must endure the deplorable conditions and intense suffering their sick children face daily because they lacked something as basic as energy to run medical equipment, I knew I couldn't be passive. The story of the incredible generosity and compassion shown by my friends at MX Solar needs to be told to encourage others to turn passive concern into active participation. To provide free renewable energy to this hospital will change thousands of lives. From operating on 2 hours of electric a day to 24 hours will decrease suffering on a scale few of us in the developed world can imagine as we take so much for granted".
FROM YANIK SILVER, FRANK McKINNEY AND DOUG DOEBLER
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO THE MAVERICKS AND FRIENDS THAT
PARTICIPATED IN THE 2011 MAVERICK HAITI IMPACT TRIP.
YOUR DONATIONS AND EFFORTS HAVE MADE AND CONTINUE TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT IN HAITI!
And because of the immense impact and ripple effect - we've arranged for another trip.
The dates are FEBRUARY 8-11, 2012.
Please reserve your place NOW and invite another Maverick.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN 2012
AS WE ONCE AGAIN VISIT AND IMPACT HAITI.