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Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit www.tek4kids.org


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Bob Glaser is a key volunteer with Tek4Kids.  Bob’s recent trip to Haiti isn’t related to the Cathedral, but it parallels so much of what those of us who have visited Haiti have experienced.  I asked his permission to publish the following commentary.
David Puckett

The reason for my trip to Haiti this time was to accompany a group from my parish, St. Bernadette, to visit our sister parish St Louis de Gonzague in Bonbon, Haiti. We have been sending money to them to help support their parish for many years and no one had ever visited to see how the money was being used and what problems they may have.  Fr. Bill Fichteman, the interim pastor for St Bernadette, and two ladies on the parish committee (Carolyn Hoskins and Carla Rauen) along with Theresa Patterson from the Parish Twinning Program went directly to Bonbon from the Jeremie landing strip when we arrived on Thursday. I went on to Jeremie to do some Tek4Kids work. On Saturday afternoon I took a motorcycle taxi to Bonbon to join the group.

The ride to Bonbon took about 45 minutes and the road is as bad as any passable road could be.  I think the trip may on be about 20 miles but it is bone jarring.  I arrived about 3:00 PM.  The group was relaxing on the porch of the rectory and said they were being treated great and eating well.  The accommodations were not nearly as nice as we have at our house in Jeremy.  There were no fans for cooling and 4 of us shared a single bathroom.  I was taken on a tour of the rectory, the churches elementary school and the public high school which the church helps run.  Bonbon is a small fishing village and very poor.  It sits right on the ocean so there are nice breezes to cool the air. The town has no city electric and all electric power is provided by solar panels on the roofs of a few buildings.  One of them is the church rectory where we were staying.

The schools are very run down and in need for much more support than they have been receiving.  They have no drinking water and their toilets consist of a hole in the ground and a walled area where the children can urinate on the ground.  The children have no food during the school hours.  Their primary needs are drinkable water, sanitary restrooms and a lunch program.  I am sure they could use books and school supplies as well.  The teachers are paid poverty level wages.

I was told we were going to attend a show that was planned for early evening.  We were escorted into an old building next to the rectory that was once a convent but no longer used as that since the nuns were no longer in Bonbon.  They had left and the medical clinic they helped support was shut down and in poor condition.  The children put on a show consisting of singing, dancing, a play, and poetry lasting about an hour and a half.  The convent was decorated in many signs welcoming us to their city.  We were fed 3 meals a day and the food was very good.  The people could not have been nicer and we were given the red carpet treatment the whole time we were there.

Sunday morning after breakfast we went to church services at the church next door.  We were escorted to sit in the front alter area across from the choir.  The mass was very nice and Fr. Bill gave the homily which was translated for the church members.  At the end of mass Fr. Bernadine, pastor in Bonbon, gave a nice talk thanking us for our visit and the help we provide.  They then presented us with a beautiful painting of the fishing village to take back to St. Bernadette. Fr. Bernadine then blessed us and invited the parishioners to come up and take pictures with us.

Once the service was over we went back to the rectory and relaxed until lunch.  At lunch a celebration spread was put out.  We had chicken, goat, fish and lobster along with other dishes.  This is the first time I have had lobster in Haiti but this is a fishing village.  Fr. Bernadine opened a bottle of champagne and we drank a toast to celebrate our visit.  We completed the meal with a chocolate cake made in the shape of a heart.  When the meal was done we were all given a personal gift to thank us for our support and the visit.

The point is, these are very poor people that are in need of many things and a church whose average collection on Sunday is about $5.  They put themselves out to make us feel loved and appreciated.  It is hard to express how appreciated they made us feel.    All of us were moved in many ways and will remember this experience the rest of our lives.  I am so thankful that I was able to get to Bonbon to participate in this wonderful event.

My love for the Haitian people continues to grow.  

Bob Glaser