“Give a man a fish and
you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and
you feed him for a lifetime.”
This proverb clearly
summarizes the philosophy of Kindred Journey. But
before we could teach a man to fish, first we had to build the
pond for him to fish in! Read on to see specific examples of how your
donations are put to use in Haiti.
his initial visit to Haiti, Kindred Journey founder
Msgr. Arnold Gaus quickly realized that the most pressing need
facing the people of Pandiassou was the lack of a reliable
source of water.
Throughout the 6-month long dry season, drinking
water had to be hauled in from long distances. Worse yet,
insufficient rainfall posed severe limitations on gardening,
farming, and livestock production.
So the very first Kindred Journey project involved the
excavation of a well and the laying of over four miles of
gravity-flow piping to bring the water down from the mountains
and into the village of Pandiassou.
Subsequently, several used bulldozers
were purchased and shipped to Haiti. The dozers were used to
build a series of lakes and ponds which collect water during the rainy
months to be used for irrigation during the dry season.
The lakes are also a valuable tool in preventing further erosion
of whatever topsoil remains.
date, over 100 lakes and ponds have been built in the region. Many of
the ponds are now
being used for fish farming, providing a much needed renewable
source of protein for the Haitian peasants. This water
allows the Haitian people to enjoy three full growing seasons
Through the efforts of Kindred Journey, the local fields are
now abundant with fruits and
vegetables – so much that the excess can be sold or traded for
needed items in nearby markets. Through the donation of
diesel-powered industrial pumps, water from the lakes can now be
moved substantial distances to irrigate acres of peasant
fields are also producing sufficient feed to allow for the
raising of goats, pigs, chickens and cattle, other much-needed
sources of nutrition and protein for the local population.
have provided a modern walk-in refrigerator and freezer
(complete with diesel-power generators, since there is no
electricity in many areas).
And the most recent acquisition was a
large outdoor livestock scale. Peasants who raise their
own livestock can now sell them to the butcher shop, which is capable of producing, butchering and marketing a variety of
meats. Excess meat is shipped to Port-au-Prince via
refrigerated truck, where it can be more easily sold.
list of possibilities is endless. Please consider a donation to
Kindred Journey so that we may continue to support
Brother Francklin and the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of
the Incarnation in their many endeavors.