In early 2014 we rushed through the building of a new-style latrine and shower at the GSF headquarters in the village of Trou Milieu next to La Hatte, so that we could host some of the clinic teams who arrived in March. The clinics wer wonderful and giving Ile a Vache people a chance to see that they can host foreigners themselves with varying types of accomodation has been very beneficial - two guesthouses sprung up as well, giving more work for masons and tradesmen!
The initial latrine was also very inspirational in starting our masonry classes - funded by a grant from our major donors as with the sewing and women's literacy class! We began in the same fashion, but quickly found all the men who enrolled had basic literacy. After the first three months of the course (laying a foundation wall in stone, making concrete blocks in molds, tool use and measuring, and much more), it was found that numeracy skills and more advanced literacy were needed, so that is now being addressed. At this time the first woman also joined the class, and we hope to encourage more to do so. There are 38 students in 2 groups, and we've had to double the amount of tools and equipment to date!
Our master mason, Venel, is a qualified teacher of building trades, and is doing an excellent job - we hope that skills aquired in his classes will benefit the community in several ways, and we are already beginning to see this happen!
students are able to repair and extend their own and relatives' homes in better, safer ways
students become eligible for jobs in the construction of hotels and public buildings on the island
they participate in the new latrine building program, rebuilding abandonned public latrines in the fishing village of Soulette firstly (where the water table is critical)
students' families have priority on the new latrine construction list, we are currently funding 6, and hope to continue widening the program to all villages in the area. Each latrine serves between 8 and 40 people depending on location, and should last for 12 or more years, protecting health and safeguarding agriculture.
TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PROGRAM PLEASE TAG YOUR DONATION MASONRY OR LATRINES! EVERY $1000 WILL TRAIN 10 MORE PEOPLE OR BUILD 5 MORE COMMUNITY LATRINES!