Ongoing trips have been made to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide executive mentoring and financial direction to St. Francis de Sole Hospital, a Catholic hospital sponsored by the Catholic Diocese in Port-au-Prince. These services are being provided in partnership with the Catholic Hospital Association based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Our primary focus to date has been beekeeping. Approximately 24 months ago, we began our journey in Haiti. On our first trip, we were able to partner with Edward Bernard from Marksville, Louisiana. Edward has a commercial beekeeping enterprise, Cajun Gold Honey Farm, LLC, and has been professionally working in the field for over 15 years. Through Edward’s leadership, we were able to purchase, ship, and construct over 150 starter kits. These boxes can be used as starter kits for large hives, as splitters, and much more. During our initial visit, we were able to work with the beekeepers in and around the Kobonal mission in Hinche, Haiti. The time we spent with them gave us the opportunity to share our beekeeping skills and techniques and supply them with updated boxes, frames, and other such items to multiply their hives and increase honey production.