The village of Thomazea is the largest village Friends of Haiti
serves. It is located 24 miles from Port au Prince. Nearby sits
Lake Azuei. The lake provides fishing and irrigation that the
mountain villages lack, however it is still too brackish to
Of the 6 sites we serve in Haiti, Thomazeau is the largest, has
the best infrastructure, and is absolutely the hottest!!!
You'll never get cold in Thomazeau.
Limited transportation is available. A tap tap goes to
Port au Prince in the early morning and returns in the early
evening. It is not uncommon to see 4 people riding on a motorcycle
made for a driver and just one passenger.
Several schools in Thomazeau are operated by churches of various
faiths. The schools are improving as the government now has
expectations to be met to remain operational. Schools are still
only available to those who can pay. Education remains for
those with more money. Several orphanges also provide some
And, there is a hospital in Thomazeau!! This is a
government owned and operated hospital staffed predominantly with
health care workers from Cuba. A fee is required before service is
provided and you must bring all of your own supplies, medications,
and care givers.
Friends of Haiti works in the community center of St. Anne's
church, where our largest clinic is held. It is a fast paced clinic
seeing between 1200 and 1500 patients on each trip. People come to
the clinic from the surrounding area by foot, and occasionally by
motorcycle. The walk may be as long as 3 hours.
Two Clean Water for the World purification units are at St.
Anne's and are maintained by Friends of Haiti. Water is
available daily at certain hours.
The people of Thomazeau are less rural in nature and are
sometimes impatient. But they are always so grateful for whatever
we can do. We have made many friends at this site over the years
and have gained several regular workers for whom we can provide
some income. Mona is our chief cook and bottle washer, Sonja
our clinic housekeeper and helper, Andre our water and trash man
and the keeper of the generator.
A middle school is located above the clinic. While we are
there classes are adjusted to provide a limited space for us to
sleep, eat, and hang out. In the evening the clinic staff can
relax on the roof and some pitch their bug huts up there to sleep.
Some of our people sleep at our nearby rented space. This
building also provides us with storage space and an area for our
dental team to work.
Friends of Haiti is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
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