We have 2 boats at Ile a Vache now and 3 more on their way. More are welcome. Today we are cutting back the jungle that has grown around the fish ponds. Fish food has been purchased and we are checking our stock of fish by netting what is there. We will move all the larger fish to one pond and start an empty pond over with fingerlings. We will be adding solar panels to run aeration pumps for the ponds to help increase production. Our last big hurdle is to elect a larger management team to run the ponds.
This year the concentration has been to get used sails to Ile a Vache so the fishermen can have better sails to work with to increase their catch. They are having to go out farther and farther due to fish stocks diminishing. The fish ponds will be coming into production soon to take the pressure off of fishing. The fish ponds are a positive protein source for the future.
We are also bringing in medical supplies, school supplies, dehydrated food, tools, rope, engine parts and items for Sister Floras Orphanage.
While I am in Ile a Vache my goals are to take photos of school children who need assistance to go to school. I will collect background info on these students and add all this info to the website. I will take up to date photos on Sister Flora's and meet with staff there to discuss ways to manage and use the fish ponds. I will also meet with the Mayor and other government officials to continue talks on Ile a Vache Marine Park.
We are hoping the new website will help everyone to stay informed. I want to thank everyone for their support. Without your help nothing could be done. It takes many people to make all these projects move forward. Things are moving forward and we are making progress. Nothing happens quickly but with a determined effort Haiti can lift itself back onto the world stage.