Bayonnais, Haiti

 

LOCATION. The Bayonnais valley is a remote location in the Artibonite Region of Haiti and is home to approximately 80,000 people. Unfortunately, it is a struggle to access basic life services and resources, such as nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, electricity, healthcare, and education.

PARTNERS. Our primary partner organizations are OFCB Ministries (OFCB) and Friends of OFCB (Friends). OFCB is a Haitian-based organization that is dedicated to influencing positive and progressive change within the Bayonnais valley. OFCB has established and operates a school and medical clinic in the region. Friends is an organization based in the United States dedicated to developing and empowering the community of Bayonnais by supporting OFCB projects and goals.

OUR WORK.

Haiti Program Summary Video - Hope in Haiti (April 2011) - 

Current Project - 

Medical Clinic - Centre de Sante Bethesda de Bayonnais.

Background. Haiti has the highest childbirth and infant mortality in the Western Hemisphere. It is estimated that out of every 1,000 children, 63 do not survive to their first birthday and the average lifespan only reaches the mid-50’s. In the valley, access to medical care, hospitals or doctors is extremely limited and building a medical clinic has been a long -standing community priority.

Action. In 1999, OFCB purchased the land where the clinic has been built and sent its first student to be educated and trained as a medical doctor in Port-au-Prince. After years of planning and preparation, construction of the medical clinic began in July 2011. The clinic provides basic healthcare services, including dental care, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, labor and delivery, and prenatal care. The clinic’s capacity to provide additional healthcare services will expand in future phases of clinic operations.

EWB-SFP Haiti has designed, facilitated, overseen and advised OFCB during:

  • Construction of the 3,000 square-foot medical clinic structure
  • Installation of the building water supply and plumbing
  • Installation of a 10-kW solar photovoltaic electrical system
  • Implementation discussions of waste and sanitation system

Bethesda Medical Clinic Feature - CBS Interactive (March 2012).

Projects in recent history - 

School Electrical System (Since 2005). The OFCB school educates about 2,000 students from the preschool through highschool education level, and provides them with a daily meal. EWB-SFP Haiti delivered, upgraded and maintains the 4-kW solar photovoltaic electrical system that provides electricity to the school.

Bridge (2006 - 2008). The Bayonnais Valley is connected to the rest of Haiti through a single dirt road, which seasonly floods and cuts off half of the valley from the outside world. The road crosses through the Bayonnais River, which becomes completely impassable during the rainy season, splitting the community into two parts. EWB-CU at Boulder designed and built a bridge between 2004 and 2006 to solve this problem. During flooding in 2008, the approach to the bridge was damaged slightly, but the bridge survived and minimized the impact of the enormous flood. The bridge has since been repaired.

SPONSORS. Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • NVIDIA
  • ENPOWER Corporation
  • Weiss Associates
  • Bechtel Corporation

SUPPORT. If you would like to contribute and/or be involved please contact the EWB-SFP Haiti team Project Manager, ewbsfphaitipm@gmail.com.