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July Trip to Install Water Filtration Equipment

During the week of July 17-21, Gene Yagow and Clermann Dieudonne travelled to the Papaye Normale School to install water filters and an ultra-violet disinfection unit at the well pump house in order to provide an on-site source of potable water for the school. The system was installed with the assistance of Sr. Moline, Luchner - the school's maintenance man, and two former wards of the PSST community - Anglad, an engineer and Michelle, a plumber/electrician, both from PAP. The team modified the design and added in a 600-gallon storage tank so that potable water would be available even when electricity for the pump was not available.

A good-looking garden has emerged at the school since our trip this past February. Sister Moline hired a young agronomist from the area to help her get the garden started. The garden is in a fenced-in area, with new banana tree plantings along three sides. The garden is in four quadrants containing tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, and eggplant. The green peppers have had a drip irrigation system installed on part of its area, with plans to expand. Seed from the spinach plants are being collected with plastic bags for future replanting. Below the four quadrants are a series of raised seed beds, only two of which were currently being used for carrots and collard greens. Sister is pushing the agronomist to make sure all available land is in production soon. Hopefully the students will get involved during the next school year and have a better experience under the youthful, experienced agronomist. 

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Update on Papaye Normal School (Dec. 12, 2016)

The students started with their first trimester exams on December 9th, which will end on December 15th. They'll start their Christmas party preparation on the 16th with the party on the 18th.  Their end of the year recollection will take place on the 17th at the Emmaus Chapel with Fr. Romel.  They're returning to their families on the 19th with God's help.

2016-2017 ENIHP Enrollment: First year: 62; Second year: 71; Third year: 47; Total students: 180.

o   Scholarship Recipients

§  Second year: Lamanuel Vetilus and Viergela Offrey

§  Third year: Vernot Dorsaint and Valdine Meransaint

2015-2016 ENIHP Enrollment: First year: 78; Second year: 47; Third year: 40; Total students: 165.

o   Scholarship Recipients

§  Second year (now in their third year): Anna Jean Baptiste and Peterson Orelus

§  Third year (now both working as licensed teachers): Viola Ambroise and Lesly Occessite

o   From the 40 students that finished their third year in 2016, 32 are licensed and 8 will have to be re-tested by the state for the courses they did not pass.

Lingering Effects of Hurricane Matthew in Jeremie (Oct. 26, 2016)

  • The following is an excerpt of an email from Bishop Joseph Gontrand Decoste, which gives an overview of the damages caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Diocese of Jeremie:
    • 38  of our 45 parishes have lost their roofs doors and windows and are severely damaged

    • 7 rectories (permanent residencies of our parish pastors) of our 45 rectories are almost destroyed and their parish pastors have no place to live; some of the other rectories have serious damages

    • all of our  220 chapels in our 45 parishes are destroyed or severely damaged

    • the antenna of our unique catholic diocesan radio is broken down;  no broadcasting is possible
    • many of our Catholic schools have lost their roofs and are severely damaged
    • 32 of our 40 seminarians have lost their family homes;  8 of them have their family homes severely damaged
    • our unique technical school has lost a part of its roof; with some damages
    • our 2 hospices or homes for old people have lost their roofs and severely damaged
    • 2/3 of our Catholic schools have lost their roofs or have severe damages
    • 2/3 of the population have lost their homes and are sheltered in our parishes
    • all the trees and gardens are completely destroyed
    • cholera shows off again.

Things are really sad, bad, tough, challenging. It is an apocalyptic situation. We have to rebuild everything: churches, chapels, rectories, schools, health care clinic centers, houses, gardens, forests. So any help for the reconstruction will be more than welcome.

Sr. Moline Visits Roanoke, October 2016

  • During Sister Moline's recent visit to OLN in October 2016, she shared with us the following video that showed some of the recent work at the school related to upgrades to the male dormitory, bathrooms, and living space that she had accomplished on her own. To view the video click here.

New Student President at Papaye Normal School

  • While Sister Moline was visiting, the students of the Papaye Normal School elected and installed its new student council and its first female student body president (wrapped in the Haitian flag), as shown in the picture below.
2016 Elected Student Council and President, Papaye Normal School

2016 Elected Student Council and President, Papaye Normal School