Puerto Ricans in Haiti: Brothers/Sisters Project

Puerto Ricans from Orocovis and surrounding towns now visiting Haiti, represent the group Proyecto Hermanos Puerto Rico con Haití [Puerto Rico with Haiti Brothers/Sisters Project]. The group, founded and led by the Salesians Sisters’ congregation, aims to develop self-management projects in communities devastated by the January earthquake.

The group was received at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport by Sister Magna Martínez, a Puerto Rican sister who had flown ahead to visit the six centers run by the sisters in various neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince such as Les Cayes, Hinche, Carrefour, and Pétionville. In the latter, the sisters built 24 wooden rooms to temporarily replace one of the schools that crumbled in the quake. The school has 1,500 students attending classes from kindergarten to through high school. The centers also offer a combination of sports activities, fine arts, dance, aerobic exercises, arts and crafts workshops, and home gardening. According to Sister Martínez, the self-management projects, including the production of Christmas cards and embroidered handkerchiefs, will help the communities help themselves.

Different members of the Brothers/Sisters Project are contributing to the aid efforts with their own areas of expertise. For example, Domingo Canabal and María Elena Villafañe are agronomists that arrived with seeds to put together a community garden project to plant beans, cucumbers, zucchini, corn, and spinach, among other products. Sister Martínez explains that they looking for a plot of land, approximately 6 acres, to develop a larger farming project.

Sister Magna M. Martínez is the director of the St. John the Baptist School in Orocovis, Puerto Rico.

For full article, see http://www.elnuevodia.com/proyectosdeautogestionparahaiti-735909.html

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