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Sailors without Borders


“Sailors without Borders” Delivers much needed AID to the forgotten Haitian island of La Gonave in their first of

many “Sail Aid to Haiti” relief missions.

Sailing Vessel “Tranquility” and her crew arrived back in Key West Florida, a few days ago, from a Relief mission

to the island of Ile de la Gonave an island situated 18 miles from the main land of Haiti. A sailing family of four

and three extra crew took the AID to Haiti to a whole new level by hand delivering AID to the coastal community

of Anse a Galet. The island had clearly been forgotten by Haiti’s Government, even before the devastating

earthquake of January 12

A collaboration of foundations and business such as Endangered Planet, Art Miles Mural Project “Shoes of Hope”

Trans Marine and The Conch Republic Navy brought together a grass roots effort from Key West South Florida

Laguna Beach California and as far away as Egypt to Hand deliver 4 tons of cargo. This included Medical Supplies

& Canned beans from the Alton Group Miami, 8 – 7.2KW Generators and childrens clothing, food goods from

Sun Electronics Miami, 2000 pairs of “Shoes of Hope” hand painted from Art Miles Mural Project and

Bridgepoint Education center San Diego California and the much needed and asked for Baby formula and

powdered Milk from James Bourlet INC New York. Working along side of Association Amis des Enfants de L’ile de

La Gonave

president Nadal Damour and Vice president Samuel Michael, whom were the most gracious hosts and had only

our safety and enjoyment of this beautiful island at heart, while providing secure access to the areas of the

island for us to collect the much needed information for this reconnaissance mission.

After unloading the AID the “Tranquility” crew were invited to see the first of 3 schools in the center of town, it

comprised of a rented building and a plot of land with two wind generators and a solar panel. There was one

computer and a couple of tables, for all the children they teach here it aren’t nearly enough. Nadal and his

volunteers do the best that they can with their limited resources and strong faith of making a change in the

young minds of their pupils for a brighter future of educated youth and therefore a change in Haiti’s

infrastructure. These bright and intelligent

but, a HAND UP for a long term rebuilding relationship between the AAE and partners that can see the same

vision of making positive changes in the world. They believe that the future lies in our children and all blood

runs red no matter the colour of our skin.

The AAE are working with over 200 children divided up into three school areas, the school in the town of Anse a

Galet is for the children between the ages of 5

one hot meal a day. They are in desperate need of more computers and an overhead projector for the lessons

which run on Friday's

throughout all three schools that we visited the two schools in the countryside which took us 2 hours to get to,

by rented 4wd trucks, didn’t have any books paper or pencils. The outside classes were filled bursting with

children, sitting on wooden planks, wanting to learn and only having the chance one day a week, since the

teachers were volunteers, there is a shortage of school instruction. Nadals vision is to have school in the

countryside 5 days a week with funds allocated to hire good teachers and provide schooling supplies to all

children. The AAE was founded in 2002 by Nadal Damour and Samuel Michel their commitment to the children

and the growth of their country was evident in the early days as they would walk the 2 hour trek into the

countryside to check on the community and provide any small amount of relief they could. We didn’t even have

bicycles Nadal stated, now we rent a truck and motorcycles to get up into the hills each week. SV Tranquility

would like to be able to deliver at least four dirt/street motorcycles and/or ATV’s next season when we return to

continuing helping with the rebuilding efforts. It is most important that Haiti’s coastal communities do not get

forgotten now that the devastation of the earthquake is not being shown daily by the media. People in the 1

th.www.aaenfants.org SV Tranquility unloaded in Anse a Galet directly into the hands of the AAE’s men are dedicated to the children and are not asking for hand outs]17 here they learn computer science, French, English and receive and Saturday's there is also a demand for desks and chairs. These needs were seenst

world have gotten donor fatigue and are now carrying on with their lives. Let’s not forget that Haiti is one of

Americas neighbors soaked in a rich history of Americas past and present future.

Lack of fresh water on the island is a big problem. The school in the countryside has one well that has broken

again after the AAE has fixed it 3 times already. To fix it again they will need steel and construction materials

that are not available to them on La Gonave. This means that the villagers in this community now have to trek

another 2 hours to another well, collection of water becomes a daily event for a lot of children instead of

learning in school. Annual preciptatiion ranges from 800

areas. Few productive wells have been drilled deeper than 60 m. With Cameron’s expertise and contacts in the

marine industry we can help to put together affordable desalination units to provide fresh water access in the

town which is situated right beside the harbor. At this time there are 7 wells that are currently un

to repair these AAE has estimated that each well will cost an average of $2000.00 USD.

La Gonave is truly a beautiful island with a huge amount of potential, not only the land and it’s richness up in the

hill sides, but also the spirit of the people with their shinning faces and bright smiles even in the face of adversity

there is a faith and compassion we haven’t seen for along time. There are no funds allocated to La Gonave by

what’s left of Haiti’s government so to work on the construction of water bores, roads and sewage, means the

people are dependent on foreign

delivered to the island by the leading NGO’s since the earthquake and now it is struggling with an extra influx of

40,000 people that have returned from Port au Prince. The only AID we witnessed that was arriving by local

fishing boats from the main land was stamped US AID “not for resale” and was going straight to the black market

at $100 USD for a 100 pound bag of rice.

The AAE has a future vision that includes using renewable energy for harnessing the islands wind and sun to

power their homes and schools. There is no power on the island and the cooking is done by making their own

coal. You can see the burning of the trees in underground smoke pits on the hill sides, adding to the impact on

the land and creating rainy season mud slides. There is constant wind and sunshine in La Gonave year round

thus making wind and solar power the most economical choice at the present time. The AAE has two wind

generators and one solar panel on their Anse a Galet school house but unfortunately the regulator burnt out so

they are no longer producing power. The generators that SV “Tranquility” delivered will now power the

computer for schooling the children but this is a temporary fix as fuel is very expensive. SV “Tranquility” would

like to return, and with Trans

Renewable Energy Platforms to power their computers, drive the pumps for their wells and provided lighting

and some power for cooking.

The AAE wants to purchase a piece of fertile land up in the countryside that will provide the foundation for their

future mission of building a school and equip it to run self sufficiently. There they hope to teach the children

how to care for the crops and be sustainable in their own back yard, this piece of property is not much in

American dollars, perhaps as little as $4500 USD, It would mean so much to them to be able to build a school

for the community and teach 5 days a week.

There were so many grateful people that came up to us to thank Tranquility and crew for making the sea voyage

to deliver this AID and that with the AAE made sure to distribute it to all the children and families not just the

ones whom were in their schools. One boy I remember that shined the brightest was during the handing out of

the hand painted “Shoes of Hope”. He came in with shoes that had holes in the soles and were falling apart at

the seams his delight at receiving a new pair of shoes was displayed through his happy smile, even though there

was a language barrier I got the message to Thank you all for your donations, help support and love, You

brightened the life of many children.

SV Tranquility and Trans Marine are committed to the future of La Gonave and its children by giving our time

and skills to help with the construction of building a strong partnership with the people of Haiti through Sail AID

To Haiti and Sailors without Borders.

We would like to thank all those involved who have supported us in this first of many relief missions

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Trans Marine & SV “Tranquility” – www.transmarinepro.com

Conch Republic Navy ] www.conchrepublic.com/the_beginning.htm

Joan Conover – SSCA Coordinatorwww.sv]growltiger.com

Donna Lange – OceansWatch Executive – www.oceanswatch.org

Boot Key City Marina ] www.ci.marathon.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=26

Endangered Planet Foundation & Sail Aid to Haiti – www.endangeredplanetfoundation.org

Super Color – www.supercolor.com

Joanne Tawfilis ] Art Miles Mural Project & “Shoes of Hope” – www.artmiles.org

Bridge Point Education ] www.bridgepointeducation.com

Volunteer San Diego ] www.volunteersandiego.org

Sun Electronics – www.sunelec.com

James Bourlet Inc. – Specialty Art Moving – New York

Schooner Liberty ] www.libertyschooner.com

Sailing Vessel “Tranquility’s” Crew Consisted of


Cameron Murray – Captain & Renewable Energy Specialists

Leighia Murray – Wife, Admiral & Teacher

Maya Murray – Daughter & Swab

Fynn Murray – Son & Engineer

Ali Scheier – Deck Hand & Translator

Meryl Sarty – Security Officer & Translator

Leighia Murray

April 5, 2010

Sandy Sarty – Agriculturalists & Translator

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