The Matènwa Community School is using your donations to turn the hurricane disaster into an opportunity to show our neighbors how to use the ever mounting trash of plastic bottles to rebuild their walls. This technique is successfully being used in many countries as a way to deal with their plastic trash. With no recycling on Lagonav, most people burn the trash piles after dark, while all of us involuntarily inhale the toxic fumes in our sleep. We will rebuild our new hurric
Mèsiyis is a bit beside himself after the hurricane. Quietly distressed, he starts talking about himself in third person. As an elderly man, there is no work for him to acquire the money it would take to buy some cement to add to his mix of limestone and rocks. I know this kind spirited gentle soul. Help us help him get the materials and a skilled builder to build a small, but solid home for him.
The neighbors around the Matènwa Community School do not have much. And now they have even less. The nation that liberated themselves from slavery, this great black nation, continues to suffer because of the history of greed and colonization. Did you know that Haiti had to pay France a huge sum of money before they agreed to not invade the nation? Did you know that the majority of Haitians still are being colonized to this day through the practice of using French text books i
I am proud to share that LKM opened its doors today,, giving their students a sense of normalcy today. They also had a meeting with several of the other school directors from our 40 school network on Lagonav. Already our partners at Beyond Borders have started to fund raise to help 100 families in the 9 communities where we work together. There is hope in 9 communities across Lagonav. The Matènwa community is exemplary in how it bands together and continues to support more th
As one walks around Matènwa they feel the wind has settled, the land is a bit drier, but the aftermath is starting to sink in. Cement block homes are standing tall on this somewhat overcast day, while those of rock and limestone remain stripped open. And their owners look defeated. MCLC is committing to raise funds for 33 families to rebuild. School will resume on Monday. More information will be available after speaking with the children and parents that live in surrounding
Home 2. You may be connected to this woman, even if you never met her.
If you wear a beautiful silk scarf from Matènwa, Kenya may be the artist who painted it.
Kenya is one of many mothers now trying to clean up with a chin up after the storm. She and her family will eat meat today, but not by choice. Her goat, which was like a piggy bank, died in the storm. Help us to help her keep her children dry. Donate now, donate again. Matenwa.org
On Wednesday, October 5th, LKM's Komite Ijans (Emergency Committee) staff brought some comfort to families after a night of unrelenting winds and rain that killed many of their animals, all of their crops, and beat their walls of shelter till they cracked and fell. The committee distributed rice, beans, and cooking oil out to 250 families, both student families and other families in Matènwa, including the elderly. Since school was closed because of the storm the cooks handed
Assessing the damage. Matènwa Home 1. Joudin The winds are still whipping through people’s homes. Here is a video of Joudin and the damage done to his home. He says that the storm really hit him hard. He is 77. Several years ago he had to move into the only room in his home that was left undamaged in Hurricane Sandy. He survives on his land alone, a widower, where he plants corn with not much success and treats people and animals with natural medicines, a talent he learned fr
The winds are ripping through Matènwa. Abner Sauveur, Director of the Matènwa Community Learning Center, has called to report that many homes in our mountain top community have fallen apart and their tin roofs are flying off. Abner says they have never experienced such a violent storm. (Indeed, NOAA is reporting extraordinary winds of up to 140 mph.) Our colleagues, including Mackanaky who shot these videos, have abandoned their homes to shelter with those more fortunate