Mission Statement

Stone By Stone- building a road following God's chosen path.  Together with our brothers and sisters of Haiti, we strive to serve the cooperative of HASWEP through Listening, Educating, Supporting, Praying, Working, Advancing.

LESPWA means HOPE in Creole. 
We are full of hope for Haiti.

 

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 FANMI LASANTE

CLINIC

Desab, Haiti

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Tuesday
Sep052017

Planning for Hurricane Irma

I love rain.  I love thunderstorms.  Rainy days at home with a cup of tea and a Law & Order marathon are among some of my favorite things.  I also love rainy days in Desab.  The rain smells and feels so fresh and clean.  I am also aware of the fact that rain can be quickly devastating to Haiti. 

Natural disasters can be destructive no matter where they strike.  However, Haiti does not have the infrastructure in place to recover and mend herself.  And hurricanes are especially devastating.  Crops and livestock are washed away, roads and bridges are demolished, disease spreads rampantly.  This is why I am already afraid for Hurricane Irma. 

We are trying to anticipate needs and plan ahead for this storm and we are asking for your help.  Torrential rains bring large quantities of contaminated water, which breeds cholera and other water-borne illnesses.  We need to be able to supply water purification tabs through the clinic.  More illness brings more need for medicine.  The clinic pharmacy already runs out medicine on a regular basis.  We need to plan ahead for increased demand.  On a practical note, Fanmi Lasante has a new roof and new solar system.  If these are damaged, we will need to plan for repairs. 

I will be honest with you all.  As the president of Stone By Stone, I feel like most of what I do is ask for money.  But there is good reason for that.  Money buys medicine and pays the clinic staff and repairs damages to the building.  Money allows us to expand the services that the clinic provides.  And 98% of all of the money we receive goes directly to Fanmi Lasante and the Desab community.  Our administrative costs are minimal.  Our passion is Haiti. 

So here I am, once again, asking for money.  At last check, the Stone By Stone Facebook page had 721 followers.  If just half of them donated $10 towards hurricane relief planning, that would be $3600, which is actually enough to stock the pharmacy for almost a year.  If I share this blog post on my personal Facebook page, it will reach my 352 Facebook friends.  If half of those people donate $10, that’s another possible $1,760.  And if each person who is reading this right now does the same, the number of possible donations will go up exponentially. 

I know we are all overwhelmed with financial obligations and with opportunities to give.  There are needs all around us.  Maybe you already donated to Hurricane Harvey relief.  Maybe you are supporting a political cause you are passionate about.  I am passionate about Haiti, so I am asking that you consider a donation to Stone By Stone to help us take care of a community of people that we love. 

Mesi anpil!

Nicole Pitzer

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