We arrived the rural village Belle Anse after a long journey by plane, road and motor boat . Belle-Anse is a coastal region in Haiti at the bottom of several hills a position that makes it vulnerable to flash floods.
Noah’s Ark Humanitarian project set out help this community of about 350-400 people combat malnutrition following hurricane Mathew in 2016- the main goal is to achieve independent sustainable living through farming practice and rearing animals to provide food and generate income. Our dynamic team provided education and training opportunities and sustainable living resources, i.e. solar system. Chicken coops,water pumps, school projects, women healing temple and basic medical care, including screening for HIV, STDs was initiated during our visit.
Hurricane Matthew (2016) was a powerful and devastating tropical cyclone that caused widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life to this village in Haiti. Many residents living in the village along the coast were unaware that Matthew was even approaching the country a day before it was expected. When we arrived by rowing boat to set up our first medical clinic, we found that the resident were still living in these pooly constructed homes without electricity, sources of freshwater and basic needs.
Maternal mortality in Haiti is high during pregnancy and delivery with complications such as eclampsia and hemorrhaging being the main cause of maternal death. There is no adequate, quality emergency obstetric or neonatal care services available to the resident of Bella Anse. The nearest emergency hospital is 3-4 hours by boat followed by 3-4 hours on the road.
Our clinic focused on empowerment and sustainability of services, including family planning, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases ,nutrition and hygiene, clean water supply and one-to-one teaching to the only midwife in the village, who happened to be homeless with 9 children.
The Belle Anse population lacks access to drinking water and proper sanitation,limited access to safe drinking water, and lack of sanitation all contributed to the poor nutritional status of children and women Sub-optimal nutritional status at birth. One of our sustainable project include access to safe water for Belle Ansois Families by the installation of a water pump, and also an introduction of chicken coops for protein consumption and business initiative, creating cooperative movement in the village. A secondary education still remains a challenge for many Belle-Ansois. The school shelter is in disrepair, with no drinking water available the school children. Those who wish to obtain a solid secondary school education must travel to the capital Port-au-Prince. Our sustainable project focused of rebuilding the school facility with water access and establishing a pre-school academic subject program. We introduced The Crayons and Paper project.
By Laila Bergman