Like all of the Grand’Anse region in Haiti, the area of Anse du clerc in Jérémie has suffered greatly as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The above photograph of this area attests to this and offers a small glimpse of the devastation that the inhabitants now face. I have started this campaign on behalf of my friends, the Exavier family, to help rebuild their neighborhood.
Rebuilding this neighborhood will not be easy but the community is committed to the work that it will take. Prior to Hurricane Matthew’s landfall, community members came together to commence construction on the only road that provides access to the nearest hospital. The road was so impassable that individuals would carry the sick or injured on their backs to reach a portion of the route that is assessable by car. Far too many individuals lost their lives because of the road’s state and, as a result, the Exavier family spearheaded and personally funded the effort to re-construct the road. The video below, taken in early September of this year, shows the men and women of the community at work evacuating the road and the work that remains. This collective effort attests to the individual commitment of each person to the community’s betterment. More than that, it attests to the respect the community has for the Exavier family and their trust in this family’s ability to mobilize the community and improve each family’s well being.
Unlike the numerous NGOs that exist in Haiti, this fundraising effort will directly benefit the local people of Anse du clerc and the money raised will be used for this alone. The Exavier family intends to use the donation to rebuild homes, relaunch agricultural activities, and obtain food and/or medicine for the community. All crops, livestock, ground provisions, and fruit bearing trees were lost in the Hurricane. Funds are needed now to not only replant for future harvest but to prevent a famine and the demoralization that will ensue if the community is left to face the vast obstacle of rebuilding all on their own. Moreover, community members need shelter now that can withstand the natural disasters that so readily beset Haiti. Local laborers and architects will be employed to facilitate this effort because affected Haitians need to regain their livelihoods and because Haiti has a wealth of skilled professionals.
I cannot stress enough the dire state of things in this area. Life was difficult before but at least individuals could survive on cultivated vegetables and personal livestock, however meager. Now this is not the case. Nothing is left. The lush trees that appear in the video and photographs of the road work have been uprooted or plucked clean by the Hurricane. What remains now can be seen in the photographs below. Your donation, however, can help; and you will be given the opportunity to see how much you have helped through updates. Please consider donating to this cause. I and the thirty-five families of Anse du clerc, listed below, would be extremely grateful.
Natalie Léger, on behalf of following families: the Exavier family, the Calas family, the Denis family, the Chery family, the Gilot family, the Bonhomme family, the Labonte family, the Brunache family, the Laforest family, the Azor family, the Joseph family, the Delly family, the Degant family, the Herard family, the Bazil family, the Lucien family, the Rousseau family, the Maite family, the Kazi family, the Elize family, the Janvier family, the Laurent family, the Petion family, the Duborne family, the Lexandre family, the St Louis family, the Louis family, the Bathelemy family, the Toussaint family, the Duvert family, the Jeune family, the Caseneuve family, the Jerome family, the Cipidon family, the Petit family, the Marc family, the Laguerre family, the Ladouceur family, the Milord family, the Morose family, the Paulin family, the Polycap family, the Merisma family, the Bertilus family, the Tategren family, the Prepty family, the François family, the Nose family, the Baptiste family, the Borisca family, the Germain family, the Francisque family, the Similien family, and the Samedi family.
1. Who I am: I am Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, CUNY who came to know the Exavier family through a student I taught when completing my doctoral work at Cornell University in 2008.(http://english.qc.cuny.edu/people/
). Please note: I am not on facebook. My sister is. To spread this campaign widely her account has been used, hence why her name and photo is shown above. See my photo below:
2. Where I am from: I am a Haitian-American, who resides in New Jersey.
3. Your relationship to the parties you’re raising funds for: Former instructor and now family friend.
4. How the funds will be spent: In whatever capacity deemed fit; this will likely include, rebuilding homes, relaunching agricultural activities, and obtaining food, water, and medicine (specifically, related to Cholera). Funds may also be used to hire skilled workers to re-construct roofs, buildings, and homes.
5. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies: I will withdraw the funds from the campaign and place it into my account. I will then send the money via Unitransfer (http://www.unitransfer.com
) or CAM (https://www.camtransfer.com/
)to Jean Frenel Exavier (of the Exavier family) Jean Timelas Azor (of the Azor family) Maggie Delly (of the Delly family), or Fanel François (of the François). Western Union is not a viable option for Anse du clerc because the office rarely has cash on hand. Unitransfer or CAM are the most reliable way of sending money to Anse du clerc because
bank wire transfers between the U.S. and Haiti are not as readily trackable and can take a very long time to clear. Jean Frenel, Jean Timelas, Maggie or Fanel will then use the money to deal with whatever is most pressing at the time. They will also place portions in a bank account created for the rebuilding effort.