Dr. Blandine Mitaut
Dr. Agnes RagonE
Dr. 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. Ragone is a linguist who specializes in Romance languages (French and Spanish). She taught at Shippensburg University from 1998-2018. Dr. Ragone has lived in and traveled to several countries around the world, including living in North Africa for 13 years. She is no stranger to 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 the community from which he immigrated.
We are currently in need of $20,000 to complete the project. This money will go towards plumbing, electrical work, purchasing a generator and solar panels. Of course, a portion will go towards paying the Haitian skilled-workers who will be completing the work. Please donate using the links at the bottom of the page, preferably through PayPal as it is easier to obtain the donations through PayPal rather than Go Fund Me.
Once all of these items are complete, we will be looking into purchasing furniture, medical supplies, and hiring medical professionals to staff the facility.
Mr. Jonas Celius, father and husband of Shippensburg University graduates, has been instrumental in the development of Project Gros Mangles. Originally from the village, 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.