Rockford awaits ‘An Enchanted Evening’ to save Haitians

Since 2001, The Hope for Haitians Committee and Food For The Poor have provided assistance with housing and life-saving water projects to the poor of Haiti. The event chairmen and committee members hope all interested in making a difference and saving lives will attend the 2007 event on Aug. 18 at Rockford Country Club.

Water projects are a definite priority in the country of Haiti, where just a fifth of the households have running water—a small percentage, even for developing countries. The lack of clean water is not only an environmental problem, but also a significant health hazard, causing death from diarrhea and typhoid fever.

With your help, since 2001, The Hope for Haitians Committee and Food For The Poor have raised more than $600,000 and provided 50 housing units to the destitute poor of Haiti and clean water to more than 250,000 people.

Over the years, the provision of clean water has been a major emphasis in the group’s efforts to aid Haiti. The following list highlights yearly accomplishments met, thanks to the help of the generous people in the Rockford community

In 2001, the committee built 50 housing units in Cotes-de-Fer. In 2002, it completed the Dubois Water Project in Port de Paix, which directly affected 3,000 people.

In 2003, three communities benefited from the event. In Duval, more than 10,000 residents had traveled on foot three hours to obtain water from a spring; Petionville, where more than 10,000 residents journeyed 3 miles to the closest watering hole; and Barbancourt, which serves more than 7,000 local residents.

2004 saw the construction of 17 wells and clean water for 120,000 people in Cap-Haitien, Limonade and Plaine du Nord.

In 2005, raised funds assisted Gonaives, the third-largest city in Haiti, with a population of about 250,000 inhabitants. More than 70,000 people in Gonaives now have access to clean water. Eighteen water wells and 125 hand pumps were built.

2006 raised enough to build 30 water wells in Cap Haitien, Haiti. More than 50,000 people received the gift of water.

When you look into the eyes of those who have clean water for the first time in their lives, you truly understand the importance of this work and the extent of their gratitude.

The 2007 goal is to raise $384,500. With these donations, the group will be able to establish a development project/village in the Prolonge, Cap-Haitien, Haiti community. The money will be used to construct 100 homes, 50 sanitation units, three artesian water wells and a community center. The project will also consist of two self-sustaining projects. Three tilapia ponds will be developed and maintained to provide a healthy, inexpensive, and accessible source of nutrition and protein to the residents. A “start in life” project will also be included, providing skills training and gainful employment for some of the villagers.

Committee members include; the Rev. David Beauvais, Kathy Caruana, Mike Delany, Missy and Brian Hand, Nancy Lorden, Bob McLaughlin, Terry & Al Provenzano, Patti Rangel, Judy and Gerry Risch, Jody Schumacher and Jerry Weber.

To receive an invitation or make a donation, contact Jody Schumacher by telephone at (815) 633-8844 or by e-mail at The event chairmen, Pat Bachrodt, Tom Lorden and Peter Roche, and the committee members, thank you in advance for your assistance in saving the lives of the least fortunate brothers and sisters in Haiti.

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation and the largest charity in Florida, does much more than simply feed the millions of hungry poor in 16 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 1982, they have provided clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and emergency relief, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For additional information, visit the Web site

from the Aug 15-21, 2007, issue

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