Relief for the people of Pestel
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, devastated much of the Grand'Anse region of southwest, Haiti. Our family and friends in Pestel, Haiti, were amongst those who suffered severe damage to their homes and community. Although we are thankful no one died, the task of rebuilding is enormous. Close to 90% of homes, buildings, and other infrastructure were blown or swept away. Furthermore, there is very limited access to food and clean water. The hospital is in dire need of basic supplies to help the wounded.
The photos we've received (see below) from people there show the massive devastation. Our goal is to support our Pestelois family after this devastating hurricane and provide aide for rebuilding.
We are not working with any international relief organizations. 100% of the funds will be used to assist Pestelois. We will provide updates on how funds are spent and photos of the progress we are making. Also, please find attached a powerpoint that shows the work we had already done in Pestel prior to the hurricane.
Thank you for your help and support! Our goal is to raise $100000.
We would like to inform you that in the end, GoFundMe has put at our disposal, the second week of March, the sum collected to help Pestel. Again we would like to say thank you.
I come from a site visit (at my own expense). I have seen that Pestel has suffered considerable damage. The crisis stage, however, has passed. Given the amount of money collected, we will not be able to help all the needy families. Notwithstanding this, in order to help as many people as possible, I consulted several groups of Pestelois in Pestel and in the diaspora. Obviously the proposals were numerous, some more unrealistic than others. During the same consultations, including a group of about ten people, including Dr. Seneque Philippe, Fednel L'esperance, Michel Bernard, James Saint Germain, Mrs Yolland Gilles, Jean Antoine, Chana Bernard and Ronald Jean Charles, among others, met and suggested to let the people living in Pestel decide for themselves. During this visit, I could not, unfortunately, conclude with this group for a final decision because of the traditional holiday of Saint Joseph at Pestel. But according to their report, they had almost unanimously agreed to build a waiting area at Kalfou Lafyèv.
Why this waiting area? Kalfou Lafyèv has become in recent years a commercial and landmark for Pestel, serving as a stop for buses. People coming from Kagousse, Bernardgousse, downtown Pestel and the surrounding area often wait under the weight of a burning unpardonable sun. This project also corresponds to the mission of the organization Rérouvailles and responds adequately to the context of the moment.
We hope to move forward with this project. A request for quote will be launched shortly, as well as a list of tasks to be carried out. We also hope to rehabilitate Place Resistance, Place Retrouvailles which was destroyed, we will also try to work a little on the small square (Across from Jean Antoine’s house).
We will solicit the support of the town hall, while collaborating with local groups, such as TiKoze Pestel, a group of young people working for the advancement of Pestel, who has already shown initiative by beginning the redevelopment of the Place Retrouvailles.
Once the we receive the quotes, we will publish them. We will ensure transparency in the stewardship of funds and the selection of groups will be absolutely vital to maintain the motivation and confidence of the local players.
For the committee of the Retrouvailles_Entre_Pestelois
One of our long term with your donation is the Construction of a community center to include a library, information lab, two public toilets. This community center will also double as a shelter in the event of a natural disaster (there are currently no shelters in Pestel or emergency action plans).
The action steps are:
Building projects: We will work with architects within Retrouvailles and partner organizations to develop a design for the community center that is hurricane and earthquake proof. We propose developing an approach similar to Habitat for Humanity where volunteers will travel to Pestel each month to work on the community center, clean-up, and assist locals with help on their homes.
Major purchases for the building and clean-up projects include:
Building materials and tools
Garbage collector (s)
Designate an area for garbage disposal
We will work with partner organizations to identify volunteers for monthly rebuilding trips
Volunteers will pay for their own flights to and from Haiti
Volunteers ought to submit an outline of their presentation (In writing or verbally to the committee)
You recently supported our action by sending donations, we wanted to thank you for your generosity and contribution to our association.
It is with people like you that we can accompany every year, more and more people and allow them to live a better life. We thank you with all our heart and will not fail to communicate an annual report to all our generous donors. We are working on obtaining our 501 (c3). Your donation will go into an account (TD Bank) under my name (Marc Alcegaire) for Retrouvailles_Entre_Pestelois. All expenses and photos showing the progress of the work done will be posted.
Thanks to you, we will be able to help relieve the misery of the victims of Hurricane Matthew, by sending money to buy temporary shelters and medical equipment. We will soon start the construction of a community center, which will include a library, a computer lab and a meeting room.
Apart from this substantive report we strive to find partners to form alliances. We are looking for possibility of becoming a covenant partner with the Fuller Center, an organization which has been working in Haiti – particularly in Lambi, Haiti. We are also in touch with several Cities, such as New Rochelle, NY, looking for sponsorship.
Once again, being a Pestelois, I join our team in thanking you for your participation.