As part of the Canadian Bishops' solidarity mission to Haiti, Archbishop Richard Smith visited a model village initiated by Mouvman Peyizan Papay (Papaye Peasants' Movement), a longstanding partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

The model village is being Hinche, a town in the centre of the country considered safe from of any seismic activity and the site of the MPP's agricultural training centre. Each of 10 families now has a house, including a common area, three rooms, a veranda and gardens. The foundations for the community centre have already been laid, right in the centre of the village, and they just finished drilling a community well. The construction of each house cost $8,000. The entire village will celebrate its first Christmas together in a few days. "Our houses give us hope, they allow us to rebuild our lives," says one young father.   Read more


For more information on the mission to Haiti, visit the Development and Peace website or read Archbishop Smith's blog, The Reason for Our Hope.