Food: Hunger in this rural community is pervasive. B-R suffered droughts in 2014 &15. In 2016 Hurricane Matthew destroyed 80% of the gardens and fields. Since the 2010 earthquake, FBR has helped with three emergency food allotments. St. Thomas Aquinas Church (STA), Indianapolis, provides lunch to over 700 school children. Occasionally the "most needy" young children in the village are invited to enjoy a hot meal on Sunday afternoons.
Potable Water: The majority of water sources in Haiti, even wells, must be considered contaminated. Over 1,000 families, 6,000 registered individuals, are using Gift of Water (GofW) filtration systems which guarantee clean, potable water. In addition to reliable filter systems, GofW provides in-country oversight, on-site visits, training, and a source of supplies. Five members of the community monitor the local program, train users, provide parts, and test the water. Since cholera was introduced to Haiti in 2010, nearly 10,000 people have died from the disease. Thanks in part to the clean-water habits which were established thru GofW trainings prior to the crisis, the B-R community has remained largely unaffected. STA is a water program partner.
Shelter: Traditional thatch-roof/mud-wall homes are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. Community leaders identify those most in need. Concrete & sheet-metal replacements offer two rooms and a small porch, 360 sq. ft., of comfort and security. Thanks to volunteers, average cost is $14/sq. ft.
Transportation: Like the community center, the truck is key to countless other possibilities. It facilitates (emergency) medical visits, funerals, supplies, education, group picnics, soccer, and outside contact. Most importantly, it greatly enhances the community's sense of independence.