The KPP Animals Breeding project is moving forward. As reported previously, all ladies, heads of household in the villages of Dupin and Pinette are now recipent owners of goats or sheep. KPP monitors have reported that the program is progressing well and that the rain of the past months has not caused any casualities among the animals.
The villages of Saradas and Dolian have now entered the first phase of the project. From the 78 families identified to benefit from the project, 11 families from the village of Dolian and 14 from the village of Saradas are already recipients/ beneficiaries of Goats and sheep. Those animals were donated by beneficiaries in the villages of Dupin and Pinette respectively.
KPP monitors and the veterinary technician are now busy conducting meetings, providing information to ensure full compliance to the program by the new participants. On September 12th-16th, 2016, residents of the villages of Dolian and Saradas started to prepare their seedlings of Cashew Nut Apple tree (Pòm Kajou). Planting and maintenance of new trees is an integral requirement for participation in the KPP Animals Breeding Project.
Konbit Pou Potapiman Inc. is proud to announce that KPP-Haiti has once again been awarded a grant of $3323.63 USD by One World Group Oxted of UK. This fund will allow KPP-Haiti to purchase and distribute more goats/sheep and incorporate more families in the program.
The KPP Animals Breeding Project is based on a “Receive and Give” concept. For every animal received, the beneficiary will give back one offspring of the same age, which must be in good condition. The animal will be given to the qualified next in line recipient.
The program also includes a mobilization campaign to increase awareness of environmental issues that affect the community and how the recipient families can positively impact their world.
Konbit Pou Potapiman is grateful to One World Group Oxted of UK for its financialsupport.
There is no need to remind anyone of the importance of water in a community. Access to clean and fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year. Contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illnesses and the very high infant death rate in Haiti (57 for every 1000 births). Port-a-Piment is not exempt from these calamities. Since the hurricane of 2008, this community has been without a public water distribution system. Although Konbit Pou Potapiman, with the assistance of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), had managed to restore a system of water distribution for the community in 2012, hurricanes and other difficulties outside of KPP’s control resulted in numerous setbacks and a return to point zero.
As the saying goes, “Where there is a will there is a way”, KPP keeps knocking on doors to find answers. As a result of these efforts, we can share 2 pieces of encouraging news with you.
First, the Stopgap Water Project.
In the last few years, Port-a-Piment reached a water crisis; the local hospital was without water, schools were without water and most households are still without water. One can only imagine how basic needs are met; or better yet, how basic needs are not met. We at KPP decided that something had to be done. Not tomorrow but Now! And that’s how the concept of the Stopgap Water Project was born and implemented.
The Stopgap Water Project consists in the construction of artesian wells throughout the community to provide immediate relief to the water crisis. As the word stopgap implies, this is not a permanent solution. But it’s a solution that has provided a necessary “shot in the arm” which brought instant relief and smiles to a community. The project started in March 2016 and at the time of this writing, 6 wells have been constructed. These wells are at the: Hopital de Port-a-Piment (Hospital), Lycee de Port-a-Piment (School), College Stella Maris (School), EFACAP de Port-a-Piment (School), Ecole Nationale de Figuiers (School), and a Public well in the lower part of Figuiers.
Simple things with enormous consequences are now happening in Port-a-Piment. Children in some schools now have the option of turning on the tap to maintain their cleanliness. Staff at the community hospital can now wash their hands while attending to patients. Just imagine! These wells have made a world of difference. Inauguration of the wells are a cause for celebration, with smiling children jumping with joy and pumping water from the well. We also received an email from Dr. Missole Antoine (Medical Director, a.i.) of the hospital thanking KPP and in particular Mr. Frantz Jean, President of KPP. In the email, Dr.Antoine underscores the successful collaboration between the hospital and KPP to bring water to the hospital which now contributes to better services.
Although we are not armed with statistics for this community, we can confidently say that the project is saving lives.
Of course, nothing can be done without the financial support from so many. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the folks who have contributed to KPP and in particular, Dr.Serge St. Gerard.
Dr St Gerard sponsored the construction of the well at the EFACAP school. He wished to honor the memory of his mother, Mrs Anne Muller St Gerard, an esteemed career educator who practiced her vocation in Borgne, Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince.
Second, Revamping the Public Water System.
Since the hurricane of 2008 which destroyed the water system of Port-a-Piment, the community has been in a constant struggle to provide clean water to its citizens. With the assistance of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and DINEPA (Direction National de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement), one giant step was taken when the system was partially repaired in 2012. However, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the work that had been achieved.
In a recent communication, Ing. Pierre Michael Merisier, Deputy Technical Director of DINEPA, informed us that a project to revamp the system has been approved. In the last two months, a feasibility study has been updated and the bidding process is now being finalized.
Your contributions have helped so much with the water project and with all the different programs that KPP implements in the areas of Education, Health, Sports, Infrastructure, Youth leadership … But the need is still great. A financial gift from you will be a big help in helping KPP reach its goals. No amount is too small nor too big: $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford. The needs are tremendous and urgent.
If you would like to donate, please send your donation to:
Konbit Pou Potapiman, Inc.
18421 NW 12th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
OR Use the PAYPAL DONATION button on this site.
Konbit Pou Potapiman, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt not for profit organization.
The 2016 KPP Summer Camp was held at the Ecole Nationale de Figuiers , from July 4th through July 15th.
As in the previous year, 60 children, who had been selected by the administrators of the seven local schools on the basis of academic achievement, enjoyed two weeks of fun, togetherness and learning.
The camp was run by FrantzJean, President of Konbit Pou Potapiman and by Mrs PauleEdline Orcel, Inspector in the local school system. They were joined by a staff of monitors, security personnel, cooks, helpers, janitors, bus driver to ensure a safe and valuable experience for the children.
The camp participants started each morning with a prayer, and a talk by Mrs. Orcel and Mr. Jean , discussing one or more points of the Theme of the week.
For the first week, the Theme was: SavoirEcouter (Learning to Listen), how to give full attention to capture a message; how to transmit a message and interpret the information received.
And for the second week, the Theme was: Savoir Choisir (Learning to Choose); making choices based on one’s preferences, one’s needs and one’s morals.
From 8AM to 2PM, the children enjoyed different activities which included:
Daily bus rides from and to the center of town, Physical Activity (Aerobics, Soccer, Rope Jumping, Races…, Singing, Dancing
Embroidery, Crochet, Sewing, making paper flowers and necklaces, coloring, Puzzles, and using discarded plastic bottles to make brooms, flowers, jewelry boxes.
Swimming Trip to the Labeyi River
Practicing for Graduation
The children and Staff also enjoyed two hot meals a day.
Many guest speakers volunteered to join us again this year to share their expertise with the children. They included:
Mrs. Violette Jean, Mrs. Witza Francois, Mrs. Leunine Lorcy, 3 nurses from the local hospital. In one session, the nurses discussed the spread of the Zika virus and the characteristics of the Aeges mosquito. The next week, they discussed the Typhoid Fever, a disease familiar to most of the children. At both sessions, the nurses reviewed the symptoms of the disease, treatment options , and they placed emphasis on what children can do to prevent the spread of Zika and Typhoid.
Mr. Abraham Gentil, teacher of Social Sciences, addressed the children on two occasions on the early history of Haiti, up to the Emperor Dessalines seeking to meet the challenges of consolidating Haiti’s independence and shoring up the economy of the new nation.
Mr Phedeau Lubin, a specialist of the environment, spoke of the types of objects in our world, and the types of relationships that exist between them. He also met the children at the Labeyi river to discuss the importance of plants; their different components, and how to grow plants effectively.
This year, Judge Bernardin Alcindor joined the roster, and advised the kids on the workings of the Tribunal de Paix, as well as the functions of the different people who work there.
These were very informative sessions not only for the children but also for the staff, who joined the kids in asking and answering questions from the guest speakers.
The children also got to appreciate a visit from Mayor Raymond Pierre Louis and his assistants. They encouraged the children in their efforts to do well in school.
Graduation day was the occasion for the staff of KPP to thank the parents for the trust put in us; to command the children on their academic performance and encourage them to always do their best.
In turn, the children executed many songs, dances, a sketch, to the delight of the assistance. They eagerly accepted the gift of a school bag for the coming academic year. They and the parents expressed their thanks to the staff, and enjoyed sandwiches and refreshments.
Another year, another successful Summer camp for KPP.
Our special Thanks go to Mrs Carolle Paul,Mrs Nicole Jean and Mrs. Paule Edeline Orcel for coordinating the work and to the Camp staff for their devotion to the children.
Konbit Pou Potapiman expresses their deep appreciation to :
JGR LLCopa of Hollywood, FL
Mrs. Marie Therese Boulos, Mr Fenold Appolon , Mrs. Danick Verret, Mr Adeemir Dacenay, Mrs. Doris Izmery and Mr Jacques Frasil
for their unwavering support.
Konbit Pou Potapiman also thanks all the KPP members and supporters who helped make the Camp d Éte 2016 an unforgettable experience for our high academic achievers.
This year something new was introduced “A Summer Camp For Adults 65 and Beyond”
The idea of having a summer camp for elderly people was conceived by Danie Lubin, a member of KPP who lives in Boston. Danie came up with the idea of a summer camp for kids five years ago which today is a great success. She figured she could do the same for this forgotten group of people of Port a Piment.
When she called the president of KPP, Frantz J Jean, to make him aware of her intentions, the idea was well received. It was then presented to the board who did not hesitate to rally behind her to give her both moral and financial support.
On Monday July 18th it became a reality. The Adult Summer Camp was a place where elderly adults could go for a week to receive two meals each day and socialize with their peers, doing arts and crafts and singing.
On the first day twenty-eight adults attended and Dr. Eddy Jean Baptiste was on hand to check their blood pressure and also offer medical advice. They were then served breakfast and seated on a patio where they listened to KPP’s president Frantz J Jean and vice president Carolle Paul who shared with them the great idea proposed by Danie Lubin.
On Wednesday night Danie had a party for them where people from the town of Port-a-Piment were invited, including the new mayor, Raymond Pierre Louis, and natives who had traveled from abroad. They were treated to appetizers and were serenaded by young guitarists who sang and played music where the adults were able to reminisce and participate by singing and clapping.
One week and the participation of 28, this is only the beginning. I know Danie is looking forward to next year where she will increase the number of participants and will be very successful in achieving her goal.
Best of luck to you Danie and wishing you great success.
On Sunday June 5th, a distinguished gathering took place at the Church of Notre Dame duRosaire in Port-a-Piment, to celebrate three important events in the life of the community.
The Graduation of the students of Cred’ENI (Centre de Recherche en Education pour le Developpement Ecole Normale d’Instituteurs)
The Graduation of the class of 9eme Annee Fondamentale of the College Stella Maris
The “Prix d’Excellence Eric Belfort” Awards by Konbit Pou Potapiman (KPP). These awards are presented to the best performing students of the commune, by recommendation of the school administrators.
An assembly comprised of students, school directors, teachers, graduates, parents, clergy, friends and guests filled the church to capacity to first help celebrate the traditional mass. The participation of the “Chorale Vertus Dei” and the Chidrens’ Mimes ensured a grandiose ceremony and a most memorable time by all.
At the end of the mass, the Parish Pastor introduced Mrs. Paule Edeline Orcel, KPP Board member in charge of the Award presentation. Mr. Jean Marc Auguste and Mr. EliovilJean–Baptiste, also KPP members, accompanied Mrs Orcel to the podium.
Seven students, from four schools of the commune received the awards, while accompanied by their parents. They were presented with a Certificate as well as with a Cash envelope, to help defray the cost of higher education.
The 2016 recipients of the PRIX d‘EXCELLENCE ERIC BELFORT are:
Some of the award recipients and their parents took to the podium to express their gratitude to KPP and to the sponsors of the program, as did the Director of the College Stella Maris.
Konbit Pou Potapiman is proud to continue this tradition of rewarding academic excellence, and in turn, thanks its supporters, particularly the family of the late Eric Belfort for providing the funds for this activity. Thank you all.
The 2016 local Interschool soccer Championship known as TiKAN was held throughout the month of May at the EFA school in Port-a-Piment. The final was played on Sunday May 29th between the Lycée of Port-a-Piment and the EFA (Ecole Fondamentale d’Application). Same as last year, the Lycée of Port-a-Piment won by the score of 1-0. The winning goal was scored by CloselJean-Baptiste .
The championship was organized by the local association NOSH and sponsored by Konbit Pou Potapiman Inc (KPP) There were 6 participating schools: EFA, Lycée de Port-a-Piment, Ecole Baptiste, Ecole Nationale de Labeyi, Ecole Mixte Tabernacle and Ecole Nationale de Figuiers.
The NOSH TiKAN tournament is becoming one of the most attended activities in the town. This sport program allows the kids the opportunity to engage in a healthy activity that boots confidence and enhances competiveness. Please help us keep this program alive by visiting our internet site often and making a donation.
We congratulate NOSH for its leadership in organizing the tournament. Congratulations to Carl Edouard of the Ecole Baptiste, the best scorer of the tournament.