A steep hike, or a very bumpy 4WD ride, leads to the mountain
village of Noyau. Strong cheerful Haitian people also haul in gear
and supplies, usually on top of their heads. Views of the mountains
and streams are spectacular. When you arrive at the small
concrete and stone block church, Noyau's town center of two
buildings, you are greeted by a gaggle of friendly, curious
children and welcoming adults. If you go for a walk, you'll be
going up and down hillsides seeing small huts and homes with small
plots of land under cultivation.
The facilities of Noyau are very limited. The church also
serves as the school and town hall. The roof leaks in heavy
rains, and there are some structural cracks in the concrete
supporting pillars, since the earthquake, January 12, 2010. There
are insufficient benches for either worship or
The clinic pace is quick. It is held in the church. We often
treat 800 to 1,000 patients in the 3 days that we are there.
Patients come in groups and are very eager and grateful to be seen.
Some people have been treated several times over the course of
FoH's many visits. It is wonderful to see how some of their
health problems have improved.
The second small building in Noyau houses a grain mill powered
by a diesel generator. In 2003, FoH helped get the drive
belt, the missing parts, and money for a cement slab to mount the
mill and generator. The town then raised funds to build the
concrete building that houses and secures the equipment. It
has operated as an area community mill ever since and generates
some financial support for the chapel.
The Director (mayor), Raphael, and people of Noyau, are
incredibly hospitable. FoH is always welcomed by appreciative
friends with open arms. It would be hard to find such
hospitality any where else on the face of the earth, bar none!
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