The Haitian people struggle to live. Infant mortality is double that of the Dominican Republic. There is one doctor for every 4,000 residents. Only 39 percent of the people have access to safe drinking water. Daily calorie consumption is just a little over 1/2 of the UN recommended levels. The literacy rate is 51 percent and only 35 percent of students finish primary school. The U.S. is its main trading partner.
Another group will be going for a second week and will assist with several construction projects and teaching ESL. For everyone involved it is an opportunity to get to know and build relationships with people in Haiti and make new connections with the people in the Adirondacks.
Donations are tax deductible and are gratefully received. Checks may be made out to the Haiti Mission Fund. Those unable to attend this event, but who would like to support the Mission may send donations to to Klaus and Lisa Meissner, 206 Coreys Road, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 We look forward to returning to the North Country and sharing our experience with others. Next year, perhaps a few more of our neighbors will join us and expand the mission, said Lisa Meissner.