I must be the worst blogger ever – over 14 months late but better than never – this last year has seen GSF really enlarge and it’s been very busy both in Haiti, St Croix and Virgin Gorda! I’ve been to Haiti on 4 trips and Michael has been there too in that time, plus in 2 days I’m heading off for a whole month on Ile a Vache. We’ll be holding our first real teacher training course at La Hatte School, assisted by the professional team from IMECT school as trainers, and with help from myself and Jan Magras with English lessons, development of the curriculum and several new building projects. There will be a much needed dividing wall to creat 2 classrooms out of one in the old refectory (now grades one and two), a rabbit-rearing shed, accomodation for agriculture staff there, and a number of our improved model latrines.
Jan will be there for 2 weeks and as he leaves, Toni Downs will arrive, also from St Croix. Toni is going to hold our first bee-keeping course and will help us build hives, bee-suits, and other equipment so that bees can be brought in from the mainland, the first in around 45 years!
We’re also beginning work on the new Head Quarters house, home of Phelix and Immacula and their boys plus any-minute-now new baby!
We’ve had a number of wonderful visits by volunteers this year – the ever generous Wayne and Emily Keese, Iain Grey film-maker extraordinaire (film about to be added to the front page!), Dave and Lou, Shelly Scripps, two families of cruising sailors, so much appreciated by all –
Wish us luck and please follow along on Facebook – Good Samaritan of Haiti page – where well be able to post current pictures all through the trip!