A New Project: A Dispensary for Gros Mangles
Project Gros Mangles's latest project is its loftiest yet, but is also perhaps its most important. The people of Gros Mangles desperately need access to basic medical care. When people in Gros Mangles need care, they have to travel for two hours over very rocky roads to the nearest health facility, and for the sickest making the trip is impossible.
Building a medical facility is a complex project in the best of conditions, but building a dispensary in Gros Mangles presents extra challenges. With no infrastructure for accessing supplies and no electric grid or modern construction equipment, the construction process takes time and immense physical labor.
A village committee, and Project Gros Mangles leaders Drs. Ragone, Mitaut, and Jonas Celius, started the project in January 2014. The inhabitants of Gros Mangles spent 2014 securing land and a deed for the dispensary. From the United States, Project Gros Mangles started raising funds to purchase construction materials and hire skilled laborers. All purchases are made in Haiti to help the local economy, and the we also hire the services of a local architect and a local construction crew from the island of La Gonâve. Volunteers from the village and from Shippensburg University lend additional hands to assist the professional construction workers for a true team effort.
We are now in full swing for the building of the dispensary. We are now working on the inside of the building. Please go to
and donate in one click so the villagers can have health care.
We are proud to say that we met our 2018 goals. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and the relentless work of our fantastic Ship/Gros-Mangles crew, the dispensary is shaping up. It is exhilarating to see our joint efforts pay off.
If you are interested in participating or contributing in any way to the construction of the dispensary, please contact Dr. Mitaut at , Dr. Ragone at , and/or Mr. Jonas Celius at .
The First Project: A Place to Play
Kids in Gros Mangles have few places to play that are safe. That's why the service project conducted by the students and faculty from the French program at Shippensburg University's Global Language and Cultures Department was so important.
Drs Ragone and Mitaut have been taking groups of students to Haiti since January 2013. Led by Haitian-born facilitator Jonas Celius, the group of students and faculty built a 5,200 square feet playground for l'École Presbytérale in 2013. The group returned in 2014 and completed the project adding 4,000 square feet to the playground.
Every year, Shippensburg University students have the opportunity to enroll two three-credit seminars hosted by the French program over the winter break. The courses introduce students to the rich history and culture of Haiti. The seminars are offered with French and English options.
If you are interested in the seminars and participating in this meaningful service-learning experience over the next Winter Break, please contact Drs. Mitaut and Ragone at the addresses above.
Gabriel Martin, painter of La Gonave and originally from Gros Mangles, helps with the fundraising efforts.