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The image to the left shows a map of La Gonâve Island highlighting the Village of Gros-Mangles. The city of Anse-à-Galets is marked with a star to emphasize the distance between both locations. 

There are currently only two ways to get to Gros-Mangles. The first is via boat from mainland Haiti to Anse-à-Galets and then driving over rocky terrain to Gros-Mangles. The other is via airplane from mainland Haiti with the newly installed airstrip close to 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. Ever since, the Project has grown from a small side project of the French & Creole clubs into its very own 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

We are currently in need of $35,000 yearly to sustain the operation of the medical center. 


Additionally, 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!

Board of Directors

Blandine Mitaut, PhD, President

Miriam Celius, Vice-President

Tim Long, Secretary

Jacques Belval

Kathi Bietsch

Andrew Hutchinson

J. Christopher Kovats-Bernat, PhD

Taren Swartz


Council of Advisors

Jonas Celius

Cody Connelly

Finnegan Fallon Garber

Bailey Haines

Allison Hill Twyman

Laura Hilliard

Olivia Ickes

Ali Mowers

Jevin Orcutt

Alexandre Purcell

Sarah Raudabaugh

José Ricardo, PhD

Marisa Rhoads

Bryant Snyder

Samantha Watson

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