Blandine Mitaut started teaching French language, culture and literature courses at Shippensburg University in 2008. In 2012, she joined Dr. Ragone’s efforts on the Gros Mangles Project. She is grateful for the friendships she made in Gros-Mangles and is looking forward to her next trip to the Haitian village.
Dr. Agnès Belval-Ragone (1953-2020) was a linguist who specialized in Romance languages (French and Spanish). She taught at Shippensburg University from 1998-2018. Dr. Ragone lived in and traveled to several countries around the world, including living in North Africa for 13 years. She developed and participated in numerous community-service initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.
ABOUT PROJECT GROS MANGLES
Map of La Gonâve featuring the location of Gros-Mangles.
La Gonâve is Haiti's largest offshore island covering an area of 287 square miles. With no official census, the island has an estimated population of 80,000 people. The project started to help a student at Shippensburg University give back to Gros Mangles, the community from which he emigrated.
We are currently in need of $35,000 yearly to sustain the operation of the medical center.
In addition, we wish to raise $20,000 to purchase a generator and 6 additional solar panels, install a fence and a gate, flatten the ground surrounding the facility, and start an ambulance service. Please donate using the links at the bottom of the page. Thank you!
Jonas Celius, father and husband of Shippensburg University graduates, has been instrumental in the development of Project Gros Mangles. Originally from Gros-Mangles, he wanted to give back to his home town after his successful move to the U.S. Since the start of the project, his indefatigable and selfless contributions have allowed for the work to move forward.