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In Haiti's HandsFilmed in 2001, film maker Jeremy Mayhew captures the struggle of the Daughter of Mary Queen Immaculate and the beginnings of the Fish Farm Haiti Project. Click here to view this evocative 15 minute video.
The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project: An Island to Island Outreach
The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project is located on the property of the Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate (Filles de Marie Reine Immaculée), a Haitian teaching order of nuns founded in 1971.
The Daughters operate primary, secondary, and training schools in ten different locations in the southern half of Haiti, as well as a medical dispensary on the western coast of the southern peninsula.
The Fish Farm Project was constructed on 2-1/2 acres of land in a poor rural area outside of Port-au-Prince. When the Project began in 1998, the land was undeveloped. Today, through local fundraising events on Martha's Vineyard Island and private donations, we have helped finance:
• The drilling of a well.
•The construction of the first and second level of a school and living quarters.
• The excavation of five ponds where Tilapia, a hardy fresh water fish, are being raised and harvested.
• Establishment of vegetable gardens.
• Construction of a chicken coop and implementation of a poultry production (100 laying hens).
•Establishment of PeaceQuilts, a women's cooperative atelier producing art quilts and providing employment, www.haitipeacequilts.org
• In 2013 the construction of a cafeteria and the breakfast program was initiated.