Turtle in Haiti
In 1994 Turtle Plastics President and Founder, Tom Norton and his Physician Wife, Karen Bradley, MD joined a medical mission in Haiti. There they met a young Haitian-American, Hugues Bastien, who had just taken over a small Kindergarten of 30 children. Joining with Hugues and others, two new classrooms were built and the Kindergarten moved to 1st grade. This has continued for 12 years to the point where we now have 2,300 children in a full new K-13 school.
We also have recently finished building a hospital/clinic that is now treating over 20,000 patients per year. Under construction at this time is a Chicken Farm and a Vo-Ed school.
A lot of donated school and medical equipment is regularly shipped to the Turtle Plastics plant for storage until an overseas container picks it up to ship to Haiti.
When our team arrived the day after, they brought some of our doctors and much needed medical supplies. As our director Hugues stepped out of the bus, there were 300,000 bodies laying around! To avoid disease most were moved by dump trucks and buried in mass graves.
Our overcrowded bus heads back to our base, a 12 hour drive. The team had given away all of the supplies including diesel fuel. Turns out they gave away too much fuel and ran out. Finally found some at $25/gallon.
Property from the air. The light gray area at the top of the page is the river that separates Haiti from the Dominican Republic. It is called the River of Massacre where the Dominican dictator Trujillo slaughtered 30,000 Haitians. In the photo you can see the main school with the red roof, the kindergarten with white roof and a mission house for 60 people. This photo is several years old and we now have a Vo-Ed school closer to the river.
Inside of unit.
12 units done, many more to go.