WHAT WE DO
Building Better Lives in Haiti
Project Gros Mangles is a beacon of hope in the heart of Gros-Mangles, Haiti. This vibrant village, home to around 10,000 residents, is situated in the Département de l’Ouest. Our mission is fueled by the urgent need for $35,000 annually to sustain the operation of the essential medical center.
In addition to supporting the medical center, we aspire to raise $20,000 for critical enhancements. This includes acquiring a generator, six solar panels, installing a fence and gate, flattening the ground around the facility, and initiating an ambulance service. These improvements are vital to expanding our impact and ensuring the safety and accessibility of our facilities.
Our reach extends beyond Gros-Mangles to La Gonâve, Haiti’s largest offshore island, spanning 287 square miles with an estimated population of 80,000 people. What began as a student's desire to give back to Gros-Mangles has evolved into Project Gros Mangles, growing from a small initiative of the French & Creole clubs into a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in Pennsylvania.
Access to Gros-Mangles presents unique challenges, with via two modes of transportation. The first involves a boat journey from mainland Haiti to Anse-à-Galets, followed by a drive over rocky terrain to reach Gros-Mangles. Alternatively, one can access the village via airplane from mainland Haiti, thanks to the recently installed airstrip nearby.
Unfortunately, escalating gang violence on the mainland has made it increasingly challenging to enter Haiti and provide aid. Despite these obstacles, our determination to make a positive impact remains unwavering. Join us at Project Gros Mangles as we strive to transform lives, one step at a time, in Gros-Mangles and beyond. Together, we can build better lives in Haiti.
Meet the Board of Directors
We comprise a dedicated team of eight Board Members supported by a Council of Advisors. Operated entirely by volunteers, our commitment ensures that every donation directly contributes to making a meaningful impact in Haiti.
Blandine Mitaut, PhD
J. Christopher Kovats-Bernat, PhD
José Ricardo-Osorio, PhD
Council of Advisors Lead