Live from Haiti: First Impressions of Gros Morne

by fritzg · No Comments ·

I’ve been in Haiti for a few days now. Arrived in Port au Prince on Sunday, travelled to Gros Morne on Monday and to Jacmel on Wednesday.

In Gros Morne my main task was to visit with folks whose work we are supporting at Haiti Reborn/The Quixote Center. I was impressed by the work all are doing there. The damage from Hurricances this past fall was great and the town is in need of having the gabion (a wire structure/basket filled with rocks to reinforce a riverbank) extended so they don’t lose another street when the waters come through with the next hurricane or heavy rainfall. (See

Homes are being rebuilt, but there just isn’t enough funds at present to help all who need it. (

A real sign of hope is the reforestation project at the Jean Marie Vincent Education Center. In 2008 over 100,000 trees were planted. This year the demand is for 300,000 trees, and they are on track to meet it! The ten-year-old project is looking great and serves as an example for what all of Haiti needs.

I am humbled by the poverty throughout Haiti, the lack of infrastructure as well as the dedicated souls, Haitians and others, working together to meet the needs before them.

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