|Livie Antenor and her family. One of her sons (Thank You Food for the Poor polo) was part of the bicycle escort we received on inauguration day.|
Just like a lot of Americans, many Haitians like to host gatherings. Livie Antenor, her husband, and their four children (ages 2 to 17) are among them. While Livie’s husband is a simple fisherman and doesn’t have a lot to give, he enjoys having people come to visit them. He told us, “The old house was so leaky. No one ever came to visit us. Now people come to visit. Some come all the way from Cap Haitien. Even people I know in Cap Haitien don’t have a house as nice as this!” he said, beaming with pride.
|Chatting with the Antenor family.|
Then he continued, “This new house is so amazing! It even has a toilet!” Perhaps that is part of the draw and why people come to visit them now. The village does not have running water, so flushing the toilet requires filling a bucket of water and pouring it into the toilet bowl. Nonetheless, for the residents (and most Haitian families), having a real bathroom is a big deal. None of the recipients had toilets before. As a result, Food for the Poor had to teach each new recipient of a home how to use and care for them.
As the representative for the project, I received a lot of thanks that rightfully belongs to other people. “May God add twenty-five years to your life," Livie's husband told me. "It is not easy to find someone who will l help those who cannot help themselves. Thank you! There are rich people in Haiti, who make no effort to help those in need. May God bless you for all you have done for all of us!” To those who have supported this effort, this praise from the Antenor family is for you. Thank you for your support!