Since 1998 and into 2015, here in the United States, we have honored hundreds of donation requests from individuals, causes and organizations such as our huge 16-city, 24-day, 4,071 mile Survival to Thrival Tour, Kids in Distress, Operation Rescue The Children, Child In Need, Food For The Poor, Christians Reaching Out to Society, The Cooperative Feeding Program, homeless assistance affordable housing initiatives, hurricane recovery, disaster assistance and the many other miscellaneous requests that come in weekly.
In 2008, as further evidence of our self-sufficient initiative, we completed a village in Los Cacaos, Haiti, near the Dominican Republic boarder, combined 35 double homes, a 2,922 sq. ft. school, a large 2,520 sq. ft. community center (kitchen, feeding area, worship, bank room and pharmacy), a health clinic, renewable food sources to maximize annual yields (goat farm w/ 50 goats, chicken farm w/ 400 chickens, 5 Tilapia fish ponds, vegetable farm w/ 3-1,500 sq. ft. green houses) & related land clearing, construction, fencing, seed & fertilizers, 35 pit latrines, 35 showers and two clean drinking water sources.
In 2008 we also completed our first fishing cooperative in Testasse, Haiti.
Testasse is located on the southeastern peninsular tip of Haiti, 140 miles east of Port-au-Prince and 7 miles from Jeremie. It rarely sees any kind of life-sustaining relief and is one of the poorest cities in the poorest country in the world, where poverty is extreme and housing deplorable.
Testasse (along with most of Haiti) has an infant mortality rate of 22% (22% of the children won’t see their 5th birthday), highest death rate from AIDS in the Western Hemisphere (life expectancy of 47 years), a per person/per day income of less than $1 and an 80% unemployment rate.
We felt that the new village would prosper if its core activity and commerce were centered around a fishing cooperative.
When we were able to identify where a small sprinkling of free enterprise might provide for ongoing, life-sustaining capital, we immediately went to work to provide the opportunity in Testasse:
- A fishing cooperative building so that the new villagers have a place to receive, clean, process, display, store and sell their fish. The fishing cooperative is the primary mode of commerce that supports the village. With the many new fiberglass boats and motors CHPF provided, the fisherman are able to venture into deeper waters, bring back larger fish then are able to use the building to prepare, freeze and keep the fish fresh via generators. With this new found ability to conduct commerce, the village has a steady stream of income. The fishing cooperative is comprised of a 1,200+/- sq. ft. concrete building to include a grinder room, prep room, freezer room, two storage rooms, an office for the co-op, 6 15-foot fiberglass boats with 15hp motors (including fuel), 2 freezers and 1 generator.
- A 4,800 sq. ft., 10-room School w/ 2 administrative offices, furnishings, school supplies, 4 latrines and 1 water well to serve 500 kindergarten – 9th graders.
- A 1,000 sq. ft., Health Clinic and Pharmacy/Dispensary, including a water well to treat the many ill children and adults of the village.
- 61 Concrete Homes, each accommodating up to 8 family members. Each home has two bedrooms, living area, front porch and latrine for bathing and toilet facilities.
- A 1,100 sq. ft., Community Center for communal meals, fellowship, worship and sharing the good word of God.
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In 2009 we finished our 2nd self-sufficient project in Gonavies, Haiti by providing i) 35 double homes, ii) a schoolhouse with nine classrooms, office for admin and teachers, iii) a community center, iv) 3 sets of fruit trees to each house, v) 35 goats, vi) 24 milking cows, vii) vegetable and Fruit Trees (1,000 mango; 1,000 avocado trees, and 1,000 breadfruit trees).